Silke Anger is Head of the Research Department "Education and Employment over the Life Course" at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and Professor of Economics, in particular Economics of Education, at the Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg. She received her Ph.D. in economics at the Humboldt University Berlin in 2005. Her research interests include empirical labor economics, economics of education, and health economics. Currently she is working on the importance of cognitive and non-cognitive skills in the labor market, on economic and social consequences of educational reforms, and on intergenerational mobility.

Her work has been published in journals such as Labour Economics, Journal of Population Economics, and Journal of Health Economics.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in January 2011.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10561
forthcoming in: Journal of Economic Psychology, 2017

Economists consider personality traits to be stable, particularly throughout adulthood. However, evidence from psychological studies suggests that the stability assumption may not always be valid, as personality traits can respond to certain life events. Our paper analyzes whether and to what extent personality traits are malleable over a time span...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9918
published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2017, 30 (2), 591-620

This paper estimates sibling correlations in cognitive and non-cognitive skills to evaluate the importance of family background for skill formation. Based on a large representative German dataset including IQ test scores and measures of non-cognitive skills, a restricted maximum likelihood model indicates a strong relationship between family background and skill...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8139

This paper investigates the short-term effects of a reduction in the length of high school on students' personality traits using a school reform carried out at the state level in Germany as a quasi-natural experiment. Starting in 2001, academic-track high school (Gymnasium) was reduced from nine to eight years in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5749
revised version published as 'Intergenerational Transmission of Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills' in: John Ermisch, Markus Jäntti, and Timothy Smeeding (eds.), From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage, Russell Sage Foundation, New York, 2012, 393 - 421

This study examines cognitive and non-cognitive skills and their transmission from parents to children as one potential candidate to explain the intergenerational link of socio-economic status. Using representative data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study, we contrast the impact of parental cognitive abilities (fluid intelligence, crystallized intelligence) and personality traits...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5489
revised version published in: Labour Economics, 2011, 18 (6), 786-797

This study analyzes real wage cyclicality for male full-time workers within employer-employee matches in Germany over the period 1984-2004. Five different wage measures are compared: the standard hourly wage rate; hourly wage earnings including overtime and bonus pay; the effective wage, which takes into account unpaid overtime; and monthly earnings,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4873
revised version published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2011, 30 (3), 591-601

This paper investigates the short-term effects of public smoking bans on individual smoking behavior. In 2007 and 2008, state-level smoking bans were gradually introduced in all of Germany's sixteen federal states. We exploit this variation in the timing of state bans to identify the effect that smoke-free policies had on...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 429
published in: Labour, 2003, 17 (3), 337-360

Using 1985–1999 data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (GSOEP) to analyze wages confirms the hypothesis that existing computer wage premiums are determined by individual ability or other unobserved individual characteristics rather than by productivity effects. While a rather large personal computer (PC) wage premium was found in the crosssectional...