Uwe Blien studied economics and sociology at the University of Regensburg, Germany, where he received his diploma in 1980 and his doctoral degree in 1986. After his studies he worked at the Universities of Erlangen-Nürnberg and Regensburg. From 1987 to 1990 he was a senior researcher and deputy head of a research department at the Center for Survey, Research and Methodology (ZUMA) in Mannheim. Since then he is a senior researcher at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB, Nürnberg). He is now head of the Research Department of Regional Labour Markets in the position of a scientific director. In 1999 he received his post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) in economics at the University of Kaiserslautern and achieved later the status of a (apl.) Professor there. Since 2010 he has been Professor (W3) at the Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg. 1996 - 2002 he was a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE). Since 2002 he has been the representative of the Gesellschaft fuer Regionalforschung (GfR), the German speaking section in the Council of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA). From 2010 to 2014 he was the elected president of the GfR. His current research interests include analyses on the effects of unemployment on wages, the development of regions, the effects of structural changes, the econometric application of multilevel models, the development of East-Asian societies and the evolution of social norms.

He joined IZA in July 2000 as a Research Fellow.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10472

In recent times the employment effects of technical progress raised much intention. Will recent productivity gains lead to technological unemployment or to a new prosperity? In our paper it is shown formally that under general and standard preconditions the price elasticity of demand on product markets is decisive: Technological progress...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5385
published in revised form in: Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik, 2013, 233 (1), 86-116

This paper pursues three aims. First, we provide a review of current theoretical advances which pertain to the relationship between trade, FDI and labor markets. We do so under the following (not mutually exclusive) headings: (1) slicing-up the value added chain and the turn to a task-based approach, (2) firm...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4619
Jens Suedekum, Katja Wolf, Uwe Blien
published in: Regional Studies, 2014, 48 (1), 173-191

During the last decade there have been marked changes in the composition of the non-native workforce in the German labour market. In particular there has been a notable increase in the diversity of nationalities of which the foreign workforce is composed. In this paper we investigate the effects of this...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4488
published in: British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2013, 51 (1), 59-79

The wage curve identified by Blanchflower and Oswald (1994) postulates that the wage level is a decreasing function of the regional unemployment rate. In testing this hypothesis, most empirical studies have not taken into account that differences in the institutional framework may have an impact on the existence (or the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3433
Badi H. Baltagi, Uwe Blien, Katja Wolf
published in: Labour Economics, 2009, 16 (1), 47-51

In 1994, Blanchflower and Oswald reported that they have found an ‘empirical law of economics’ – the Wage Curve. According to their empirical results, the elasticity of wages with respect to regional unemployment is -0.1. This holds especially for the Anglo-Saxon countries. Our paper reconsiders the western German Wage Curve...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1723
Uwe Blien, Jens Suedekum, Katja Wolf
published in: Labour Economics, 2006, 13 (4), 445-458

In this paper we study the dynamics of local employment growth in West Germany from 1980 to 2001. Using dynamic panel techniques, we analyse the timing of the impact of diversity and specialisation, as well as of the human capital structure of local industries. Diversity has a positive effect on...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1333
published in: Economics Bulletin, 2005, 17 (15), 1-8

This paper analyses the impact of dynamic MAR- and Jacobs-externalities on local employment growth in Germany between 1993 and 2001. In order to facilitate a comparison between the neighbouring countries we firstly replicate the study of Combes (2000) on local employment growth in France and find very similar results for...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1128
published as 'Stimulating employment growth with higher wages? A new approach to address an old controversy' in: Kyklos, 2007, 60 (3), 441-467

We address the effects of wages on employment growth on the basis of a theoretical model from which cost and demand effects can be derived. In the empirical analysis we take a highly disaggregated perspective and apply a newly developed shift-share regression technique on an exhaustive and very accurate data...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 616
published in: Carloeo, F.E. and Destefanis, S. (eds.): The European Labour Market - Regional Dimensions, Physica Verlag, 2006, 287-310

Most evaluation studies of active labour market policies (ALMP) focus on the microeconometric evaluation approach using individual data. However, as the microeconometric approach usually ignores impacts on the non-participants, it should be seen as a first step to a complete evaluation which has to be followed by an analysis on...