Matthias Parey is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Essex. He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) in London.

Previously, Matthias was a PhD student in the Department of Economics at University College London (UCL) and a PhD scholar at the IFS. His main research interests are economics of education, labor economics, and micro-econometrics.

He completed his undergraduate degree in Economics with Distinction at University of Bonn, Germany, in 2003. He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in March 2007 and became a Research Fellow in July 2015.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11361

We use data from six cohorts of university graduates in Germany to assess the extent of gender gaps in college and labor market performance twelve to eighteen months after graduation. Men and women enter college in roughly equal numbers, but more women than men complete their degrees. Women enter college...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9164
published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2017, 99(5), 776-792

We measure selection of high-skilled migrants from Germany using predicted earnings. Migrants to less equal countries are positively selected relative to non-migrants, while migrants to more equal countries are negatively selected, consistent with the prediction in Borjas (1987). Positive selection to less equal countries is driven by university quality and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3430
revised version published in: Economic Journal, 2011, 121(551), 194–222

We investigate the effect of studying abroad on international labor market mobility later in life for university graduates. As a source of identifying variation, we exploit the introduction and expansion of the European ERASMUS student exchange program, which significantly increases a student’s probability of studying abroad. Using an Instrument Variable...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3072
revised version published in: Journal of European Economic Association, 2013, 11 (S1), 123–160

We study the intergenerational effects of maternal education on children's cognitive achievement, behavioral problems, grade repetition and obesity. We address endogeneity of maternal schooling by instrumenting with variation in schooling costs when the mother grew up. Using matched data from the female participants of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth...