Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

Staff Biography

[Photo: Jörn-Steffen PISCHKE] Professor Jörn-Steffen PISCHKE
Associate - Labour Markets, Wellbeing
Tel:  020 7955 6509
Room/Desk: 32L 2.16  

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Expertise: Labour economics, economics of education and training


I studied economics at the University of Konstanz in Germany, the State University of New York in Binghamton, and at Princeton University, where I received my Ph.D. in 1992. From 1991 to 1993, I worked as a staff economist at the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, Germany, before joining the Economics Department at MIT. Since 2000, I have been in the Economics Department at the LSE, where I am currently a Professor, and an associate in the Labour Markets Programme at the CEP. I am also a co-editor of the Economic Journal. My research recent research has focused on education policy. This has included the returns to compulsory schooling and apprenticeship training, the impact of term length on student achievement, and classroom peer effects. In addition, I am interested in the formation and financing of human capital accumulation. In previous work I have tried to understand the different ways in which vocational training is financed in different countries like Germany (with firm based vocational training) and in the U.S. (where a lot of such training takes place in schools). Earlier I have done work on understanding changes in the wage structure, retirement, migration, the transition in the east German labor market, and household savings. I am also interested in applied econometrics and have recently completed a book with Josh Angrist "Mostly Harmless Econometrics".


  • Ph.D. in Economics, Princeton University
  • MA in Economics, State University of New York, Binghamton

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • National Bureau of Economic Research - Research Associate
  • Centre for Economic Policy Research - Programme Director
  • Institute for the Study of Labor - Research Fellow
  • Economic Journal - Editor

Selected Publications:

See also Publications on LSE Research Online book
  • "The Impact of the Length of the School Year on Student Performance and Earnings: Evidence from the German Short School Years," The Economic Journal 117, Oct. 2007, 1216-1242

  • "The Structure of Wages and Investment in General Training," Journal of Political Economy 107, June 1999, 539-572 (with Daron Acemoglu)

  • "Why Do Firms Train? Theory and Evidence," Quarterly Journal of Economics 113, Feb. 1998, 79-119 (with Daron Acemoglu)

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