Michael C. Burda has been professor of economics (C4) in the Department of Economics at the Humboldt University Berlin since August 1993. His research centers on macroeconomics and the economics of labor markets. He received his BA, MA and Ph.D. (1987) at Harvard University, Cambridge/Massachusetts, USA. From 1987-1993 he was assistant professor, then associate professor of economics at the Institut Europeen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) at Fontainebleau, France, and spent 1992-3 as a German Marshall Fund Fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. In fall 1996 he was a visiting Professor at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.

Michael C. Burda is Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and a member of the Council of the European Economic Association, the American Economic Association and the "Verein für Socialpolitik". With Charles Wyplosz (Geneva), he is the author of the textbook Macroeconomics: A European Text (Oxford University Press, now in second edition and translated into eight languages) and has published papers on the economic origins and impacts of labor market institutions, economic integration, employment and wages, and globalization, as well as the transformation of Eastern and Central Europe and the former German Democratic Republic. He serves in the scientific councils of the Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW), the German Socioeconomic Panel, and the Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH). In 1998 he received the Gossen Prize of the Verein für Socialpolitik.

Michael C. Burda joined IZA as a Research Fellow in September 1999. Since March 2016 he acts as Program Coordinator of the institute's research area "Labor in the Macroeconomy".

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IZA Discussion Paper No. 10496

Evidence from the American Time Use Survey 2003-12 suggests the existence of small but statistically significant racial/ethnic differences in time spent not working at the workplace. Minorities, especially men, spend a greater fraction of their workdays not working than do white non-Hispanics. These differences are robust to the inclusion of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9095

Using the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) 2003-12, we estimate time spent by workers in non-work while on the job. Non-work time is substantial and varies positively with the local unemployment rate. While the average time spent by workers in non-work conditional on any positive non-work rises with the unemployment...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7070
published in: American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 2013, 103 (3), 99-104

We examine monthly variation in weekly work hours using data for 2003-10 from the Current Population Survey (CPS) on hours/worker, from the Current Employment Survey (CES) on hours/job, and from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) on both. The ATUS data minimize recall difficulties and constrain hours of work to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5800
published in: Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2011, Spring 2011, 273 - 319

Germany experienced an even deeper fall in GDP in the Great Recession than the United States, with little employment loss. Employers' reticence to hire in the preceding expansion, associated in part with a lack of confidence it would last, contributed to an employment shortfall equivalent to 40 percent of the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5150
forthcoming in Journal of European Economic Association 2015

Payroll taxes represent a major distortionary influence of governments on labor markets. This paper examines the role of payroll taxation and the social safety net for cyclical fluctuations in a nonmonetary economy with labor market frictions and unemployment insurance, when the latter is only imperfectly related to search effort. A...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3955
published in: Economics Letters, 2010, 107 (2), 131-133

Using time-diary data from four countries we show that the unemployed spend most of the time not working for pay in additional leisure and personal maintenance, not in increased household production. There is no relation between unemployment duration and the split of time between household production and leisure. U.S. data...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3365
published in Economic Journal, 2009, 119, 1440-1463.

Standard models of equilibrium unemployment assume exogenous labour market institutions and flexible wage determination. This paper models wage rigidity and collective bargaining endogenously, when workers differ by observable skill and may adopt either individualized or collective wage bargaining. In the calibrated model, a substantial fraction of workers and firms as...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3324
published in: German Economic Review, 2010, 11 (1), 37 - 59

This paper analyzes the interaction between structural change and labor market dynamics in West Germany, during a period in which industrial employment declined by more than 30% and service sector employment more than doubled. Using transition data on individual workers, we document a marked increase in structural change and turbulence,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2705
published online as 'Total Work and Gender: Facts and Possible Explanations' in: Journal of Population Economics, 2013, 26(1), 239-261

Using time-diary data from 25 countries, we demonstrate that there is a negative relationship between real GDP per capita and the female-male difference in total work time per day – the sum of work for pay and work at home. In rich northern countries on four continents, including the United...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2270
published in: Tito Boeri, Michael Burda, Francis Kramarz (eds.), Working Hours and Job Sharing in the EU and USA: Are Americans Crazy? Are Europeans Lazy? Oxford Univ. Press, 2008

Using two time-diary data sets each for Germany, Italy the Netherlands and the U.S. from 1985-2003, we demonstrate that Americans work more than Europeans: 1) in the market; 2) in total (market and home production)-- there is no one-for-one tradeoff across countries in total work; 3) at unusual times of...

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