Simone Schüller is an Economist at the Ifo Center for Industrial Organisation and New Technologies since 2016. Previously, she held positions as a research fellow at FBK-IRVAPP in Trento (Italy), resident research affiliate at IZA (Bonn, Germany), research associate at DIW (Berlin, Germany) and young graduate trainee at ESA (Noordwijk, The Netherlands). She studied economics in Mainz, Pisa and Leipzig and received her PhD in economics from FU Berlin in 2013.

Her research interests include applied microeconomics, policy evaluation, migration, education, and new technologies.

She became an IZA Research Fellow in 2013.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 9991

This article analyzes the impact of a local broadband expansion policy on electoral turnout and party vote share. We exploit a unique policy intervention involving staged broadband infrastructure installation across rural municipalities in the Province of Trento (Italy), thus generating a source of exogenous (spatial and temporal) variation in the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9429

This article analyzes the causal impact of advanced broadband accessibility on firm performance. We exploit a unique local policy intervention of a staged broadband infrastructure installation across rural municipalities in the Province of Trento (Italy), generating a source of exogenous (spatial and temporal) variation in the provision of next-generation broadband...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8695

Estimating the effect of 'ethnic capital' on human capital investment decisions is complicated by the endogeneity of location choice of immigrants and the reflection problem. We exploit a rare immigrant settlement policy in Germany to identify the causal impact of parental peer-heterogeneity on the educational outcomes of their children. To...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8545
published in: Scuola Democratica, 2014, 2 [Abstract & Download]

This article reviews empirical evidence on the early tracking system in Germany and the educational inequalities associated with it. Overall, the literature confirms the existence of considerable social, ethnic, gender- and age-related inequalities in secondary school track placement. Studies on tracking timing and track allocation mechanisms reveal that postponement of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7868
Amelie F. Constant, Simone Schüller, Klaus F. Zimmermann

Ethnic groups tend to agglomerate and assemble, mostly in urban areas. While ethnic clustering is critically debated in societies and the consequences for economic outcomes are under debate in research, the process is not yet well understood. A separate literature has also examined the cultural and ethnic identity of immigrants...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7052
published in: Kyklos, 2016, 69 (4), 604–632 [Abstract & Download]

The major event of the 9/11 terror attacks is likely to have induced an increase in anti-immigrant and anti-foreigner sentiments, not only among US residents but also beyond US borders. Using longitudinal data from the German Socio-Economic Panel and exploiting exogenous variation in interview timing throughout 2001, I find that...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6696
revised version published in: International Migration Review, 2015, 49 (3), 757-789. [Abstract & Download]

We investigate second generation migrants and native children at several stages in the German education system to analyze the determinants of the persistent native-migrant gap. One part of the gap can be attributed to differences in socioeconomic background and another part remains unexplained. Faced with this decomposition problem, we apply...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6155
revised version published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2015, 28 (4), 965 - 1004

A lack of cultural integration is often blamed for hindering immigrant families' economic progression. This paper is a first attempt to explore whether immigrant parents' ethnic identity affects the next generation's human capital accumulation in the host country. Empirical results based on data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) indicate...

IZA Standpunkt Nr. 34
published in: Zeitschrift für ArbeitsmarktForschung / Journal for Labour Market Research, 2011, 44 (1/2), 81-89 [final version] [journal version]

Das ökonomische Potenzial ethnischer und kultureller Vielfalt wird häufig verkannt. Die Ergebnisse neuerer Studien, die in diesem Beitrag zusammengefasst werden, zeigen jedoch, dass sich "weiche" Faktoren wie etwa Einstellungen, Wahrnehmungen und Identitäten, hier insbesondere ethnische Identitäten, wesentlich auf ökonomische Ergebnisse auswirken können. Dies geht sowohl aus Analysen des Prozesses kultureller...