Sebastian Königs is an Economist / Social Policy Analyst at the OECD, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs.

He holds a DPhil (PhD) in Economics from the University of Oxford, a graduate degree in Economics from HEC Lausanne and an undergraduate degree from the University Maastricht. He previously worked as a part-time researcher at Statistics Norway and did consultancy work for the OECD and The World Bank.

His main research interests are in social benefit receipt dynamics and in social and employment policies for young people.

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in July 2013.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 9785
published in: Economic Journal, 2017, 127 (604), 1833-1873.

Dynamic discrete-choice models are an important tool in studies of state dependence in benefit receipt. A common assumption of such models is that benefit receipt sequences follow a conditional Markov process. This property has implications for how estimated period-to-period benefit transition probabilities should relate when receipt processes are aggregated over...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8786
Also available as OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Paper. Section 3, authored by Königs, published in the International Journal of Social Welfare

Means-tested Social Assistance (SA) benefits play an important role as social protection floors supporting households in financial difficulties. This paper presents evidence on the patterns of SA benefit receipt in a selection of OECD and EU countries. It provides an overview of the role of SA benefits in social protection...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7977
published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2014, 39, 107 - 150

In this article, I study state dependence in social assistance receipt in Germany using annual survey data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) for the years 1995-2011. There is considerable observed state dependence, with an average persistence rate in benefits of 68% comparing to an average entry rate of just...