Steffen Otterbach studied economics at the University of Hohenheim and the Jönköping International Business School in Jönköping, Sweden. He is a Research Assistant at the Department of Household and Consumer Economics at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. With a specialization in empirical economics his research interests are in the fields of Labor Economics and Health Economics. His research focuses on time allocation, especially working time and the mismatches between actual and desired working hours.

Steffen Otterbach joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in October 2011 and became a Research Fellow in July 2014.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11008

South Africa is one of only a handful of countries in which the prevalence of child stunting has increased over the period during which progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been monitored. One explanation for this reversal is that Big Food retail chains have been contributing to a...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9818

Nationally representative panel survey data for Germany and Australia are used to investigate the impact of working-time mismatches (i.e., differences between actual and desired work hours) on mental health, as measured by the Mental Component Summary Score from the SF-12. Fixed effects and dynamic linear models are estimated, which, together...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9735

This paper analyses the role of job changes in overcoming work hour constraints and the work hour mismatches resulting from these constraints (i.e., differences between actual and desired work hours). Building on previous findings that job change increases the flexibility of actual work hours, the study addresses two as yet...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8911
published in: China Economic Review, 2015, 33, 212-229

Using several waves of the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS), this study analyzes the effect of long work hours on health and lifestyles in a sample of 18- to 65-year-old Chinese workers. Although working long hours does significantly increase the probabilities of high blood pressure and poorer reported health,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8438
published in: Applied Economics, 2016, 48 (14), 1303-1316

In this paper, we use 12 waves of the German Socio-Economic Panel to examine the relationship between job insecurity, employability and health-related well-being. Our results indicate that being unemployed has a strong negative effect on life satisfaction and health. They also, however, highlight the fact that this effect is most...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6126
published in: Annales d'Économie et de Statistique, 2012, 105-106, 35-54

The issue of whether employees who work more hours than they want to suffer adverse health consequences is important not only at the individual level but also for governmental formation of work time policy. Our study investigates this question by analyzing the impact of the discrepancy between actual and desired...

IZA Policy Paper No. 35

If individuals reveal their preference as consumers, then they are taken seriously. What happens if individuals, as employees, reveal their preferences in working hours? And what happens if there is a misalignment between actual hours worked and preferred hours, the so-called work hours constraints? How does this affect the productivity...