Hilmar Schneider rejoined IZA in March 2016. Between 2013 and 2016, he was the Director of the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) after having served 12 years at IZA as Director of Labor Policy. In 2014, he was appointed a honorary professor at the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education of the University of Luxembourg.

Hilmar Schneider studied Social Sciences and Economics at the university of Frankfurt/Main. After finishing his diploma as a Social Scientist he worked from 1983 to 1987 as a research assistant in the special collaborative program "Microanalytic foundations of social policy". He received his doctoral degree in 1987 with a dissertation on the determinants of unemployment duration. Then he held an assistant professorship from 1987 to 1993 in the department of economics in the department of economics at the university of Frankfurt/Main, giving lectures in statistics, econometrics and labor economy. In 1994, he became head of the labor market department of the Halle institute for economic research. Among else within this activity, he worked as a visiting scholar at the World Economy Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998. His successful acting at the interface between economic research and policy advice is well documented by numerous research reports, journal articles and presence in the media. Moreover, he advises the German government, e.g. since 2007 as a member of the German Census Commission. From 2006 to 2008 he acted as a member of the National Council for Social and Economic Data. In 2011 and 2012 he operated as a principal expert for the Chancellor's dialogue on the Future of Germany.

Besides labor policy, his main research emphases comprise problems of social protection, wage policy and demography. His most important publications cover papers about the labor market effects of replacement wages, the labor market perspectives of East Germany, the efficiency of active labor policy in the transformation process, and the welfare state perspectives of Europe.

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IZA Discussion Paper No. 11440

This paper assesses the effect of key demographic changes (population ageing and upskilling) that are expected by 2030 on the income distribution in the EU-27 and examines the potential of tax-benefit systems to counterbalance negative developments. Theory predicts that population ageing should increase income inequality, while the effect of up-skilling...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9618
published in: International Tax and Public Finance, 2017, 24 (4), 575-615 doi:10.1007/s10797-017-9462-3

The effect of demographic change on the labor force and on fiscal revenues is topical in light of potential pension shortfalls. This paper evaluates the effect of demographic changes between 2010 and 2030 on labor force participation and government budgets in the EU-27. Our analysis involves the incorporation of population...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5599
published as 'Econometrics vs. Project Design: Lessons from the Evaluation of a Workfare Project' in: Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik, 2013, 233 (1), 65-85

We evaluate a pilot workfare project of a Berlin city community to integrate young people in social assistance into the labor market. Reference data are generated in collaboration with the German Employment Office. The participation effect is found to be positive and of relevant size, but not statistically significant. This...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5400
published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2011, 32 (7), 731-752

The evaluation of labor market policies has become an important issue in many European countries. In recent years, a number of them have opened their administrative databases for evaluation studies. The advantages of administrative data are straightforward: they are accurate, contain a large number of observations (in some cases the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4865
see also IZAΨMOD for more information

This paper describes IZAΨMOD, the policy microsimulation model of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). The model uses household microdata from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study and firm data from the German linked employer-employee dataset LIAB. IZAΨMOD consists of three components: First, a static module simulates the effects...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4770
revised version published in: Review of Income and Wealth, 2012, 58 (1), 118-141

In Germany, two observations can be made over the past 20 years: First, income inequality has been constantly increasing while, second, the average household size has been declining dramatically. The analysis of income distribution relies on equivalence-weighted incomes which take into account household size. Therefore, there is an obvious link...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4197
substantially revised version available as IZA Standpunkt No. 18, published in: Zeitschrift für ArbeitsmarktForschung / Journal for Labour Market Research, 2011, 43(4), 327-338

In Germany, two observations can be tracked over the past 15 to 20 years: First, income inequality has constantly increased while, second, the average household size has been declining dramatically. The analysis of income distribution relies on equivalence-weighted incomes, which take into account household size. Therefore, there is an obvious...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3255
published in: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A (Statistics in Society), 2012, 175 (2), 587-617 [Details & Download]

This paper assesses the dynamics of treatment effects arising from variation in the duration of training. We use German administrative data that have the extraordinary feature that the amount of treatment varies continuously from 10 days to 395 days (i.e. 13 months). This feature allows us to estimate a continuous...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2399
published in: Wirtschaftsdienst, 2006, 86 (10), 645-650

In the debate on in-work benefits in Germany it is often overlooked that such subsidies may only be effective if basic minimum income is remarkably decreased for those who are employable. However, proposals following this principle will hardly achieve political consensus as can be derived from reactions to the model...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2255
published in: Zeitschrift für ArbeitsmarktForschung/Journal for Labour Market Research, 2006, 39 (3-4), 477-490

Mit der Hartz-Reform wurden auch im Bereich der beruflichen Weiterbildung grundlegende Neuerungen eingeführt. Dazu gehören vor allem die Einführung von Bildungsgutscheinen als neuem Allokationsinstrument, das den potentiellen Teilnehmern Wahlfreiheit bei der Auswahl der Bildungsanbieter gewährt, sowie eine stärker an der Wiedereingliederungsprognose ausgerichtete Auswahl der Teilnehmer. Wir untersuchen für die Phasen...

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