René Fahr is currently full professor of management and director of the BaER-Lab at the University of Paderborn. After an apprenticeship at the Deutsche Bank AG René Fahr studied Economics, Philosophy, and German Literature at the University of Bonn. He received his degree as a "Diplom-Volkswirt" in 1998. He enrolled in the European Doctoral Program (EDP) at the Bonn Graduate School of Economics and spent his second EDP year at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he worked at the Centre for Economic Performance.

René Fahr received his Ph.D. in 2003 for his doctoral thesis on "Occupational Mobility and Occupational Matching: Some Implications for Career Choice and Labor Market Policy" under the supervision of Klaus F. Zimmermann. From December 1999 until October 2003 he worked at IZA first as a Resident Research Affiliate, then as a Research Associate. From November 2003 till April 2008 he was assistant professor at the University of Cologne. Since November 2003 he continues to maintain close ties to IZA as a Research Fellow.

His research interests include personnel economics, health economics, education, search and matching, migration, time allocation, public economics, business ethics, behavioral ethics and experimental economics.

He has published his work in several journals such as Applied Economics, Economics Letters, European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Labour Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, Regional Science and Urban Economics.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10190
Jenny Bartuli, Behnud Mir Djawadi, René Fahr

The present paper suggests an innovative experimental design to study the nature and occurrence of whistleblowing in an employee-organization context. In particular, we aim at identifying whether student subjects in the role of employees are willing to blow the whistle on their managers' decisions to withhold money that is destined...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7383

We investigate one possible explanation for observed rates of corrupt behavior namely that individual decision makers who frequently engage in illegal actions may underestimate the overall probability of being caught. This might in particular be true for petty corruption where small amounts of bribes are involved and the detection rate...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7255

We investigate the impact of trust in authorities on tax compliance within a controlled laboratory setting. Embedded in two hypothetical tax systems with high and low power of authorities respectively, we gradually increase trust in authorities in form of tax knowledge about public expenditures and by allowing taxpayers to decide...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6037

We econometrically evaluate the performance effects of a six month e-learning programme in a large retail chain with monthly data on sales revenue, for four years using panel regressions. Participants in early cohorts show positive performance effects during training periods that depreciate afterwards. We conclude that offering training on a...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4927
published in: Applied Economics, 2013, 45 (19), 2863-2875

We investigate the influence of personality as measured by the Big Five personality scale on absenteeism using representative data for Germany. In particular, the 2005 wave of the German Socio-Economic Panel provides detailed information on socio-economic background characteristics along with a Big Five personality scale. Estimates of a Logit model...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3171

Although an inverse relationship between sickness absence and unemployment has been documented in a number of studies using either quarterly or annual data from different countries with varying institutional frameworks, it is not yet clear whether this empirical regularity is due to changes in the individual costs of absence when...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2470
revised version published in: German Economic Review, 2009, 10 (3), 284 - 316

Starting in January 2003, Germany implemented the first two so-called Hartz reforms, followed by the third and fourth packages of Hartz reforms in January 2004 and January 2005, respectively. The aim of these reforms was to accelerate labor market flows and reduce unemployment duration. Without attempting to evaluate the specific...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2323

We investigate wage effects of deviations from peer group body mass index (BMI) to evaluate the influence of social norms on wages. Our approach allows for disentangling the influence of the social norm from any (anticipated) productivity effects associated with deviations from a clinically recommended BMI. Estimates of between effects...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1660
published in: Applied Economics, 2006, 38 (10), 1193-1206

This paper investigates the efficiency of the matching process between job seekers and vacancy posting firms in West-Germany, using variation across labor market regions and across time. The results of a stochastic frontier analysis shed new light on extent and regional differences of search frictions, on potential determinants of frictional...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 859
published in: European Economic Review, 2005, 49 (1), 75-98 and in: D. Hamermesh and G. Pfann (eds.). The Economics of Time Use, Elsevier, 2005

Using detailed time use data for Germany a positive correlation is found between the level of schooling education and time investments in informal education. Two hypotheses explain this observation: (1) highly educated people have higher opportunity costs of their leisure time and thus prefer leisure activities which add to their...