Andreas Lichter has been Research Associate since September 2015. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cologne in February 2016.

His current research interests are labor economics and political economy.

Andreas joined IZA as a student assistant in 2010 and continued as Resident Research Affiliate from October 2011 to August 2015.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10264

Findings of prolonged non-employment spells due to more generous unemployment benefits are commonly seen as an indication of reduced job search effort and moral hazard behavior. However, to date, there is hardly any direct evidence of benefit-induced reductions in search effort. This paper exploits quasi-experimental variation in the potential benefit...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9245

Based on official records from the former East German Ministry for State Security, we quantify the long-term costs of state surveillance on social capital and economic performance. Using county-level variation in the spy density in the 1980s, we exploit discontinuities at state borders to show that higher levels of Stasi...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8964
revised version published in: Labour Economics, 2017, 48, 54-66

In this paper, we estimate the causal effect of ambient air pollution on individuals' productivity by using panel data on the universe of professional soccer players in Germany over the period 1999-2011. Combining this data with hourly information on the concentration of particulate matter in spatial proximity to each stadium...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7958
revised version published in: European Economic Review, 2015, 80, 94-119

Firms' labor demand responses to wage changes are of key interest in empirical research and policy analysis. However, despite extensive research, estimates of labor demand elasticities remain subject to considerable heterogeneity. In this paper, we conduct a comprehensive meta-regression analysis to re-assess the empirical literature on labor demand elasticities. Building...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7494
revised version published in: Canadian Journal of Economics, 2017, 50 (4), 1161-1189

It is widely believed that globalization increases the volatility of employment and decreases the bargaining power of workers. One mechanism explaining this relationship is given by the long-standing Hicks-Marshall laws of derived demand: with international trade increasing competition and therefore the price elasticity of product demand, exporters are predicted to...