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[Photo: Jörn-Steffen PISCHKE] Professor Jörn-Steffen PISCHKE
Associate - Labour Markets, Wellbeing
Tel:  020 7955 6509
Email: s.pischke@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 2.16  



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Expertise: Labour economics, economics of education and training, empirical methods

Biography:

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 CEP. I am also a previous editor of the European Economic Review and the Economic Journal. My research has focused on a variety of labour market related topics. I have studied education policies ranging from the returns to compulsory schooling and apprenticeship training, the impact of term length on student achievement, and classroom peer effects. In work on the formation and financing of human capital accumulation 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). I have also done work on understanding changes in the wage structure, retirement, migration, the transition in the east German labor market, and household savings. I am currently also interested in applied econometrics and have written two book with Josh Angrist "Mostly Harmless Econometrics" and "Mastering Metrics".

Current Areas of Research:

I am working on trade and growth in the Iron Age (with Ferdinand Rauch and Stephan Maurer) using archaeological data, robustness checks for regression based estimation strategies (with Hannes Schwandt and Zhuan Pei), occupational convergence between men and women (with Grace Lordan), CEO pay and risk taking (with Brian Bell), and the relationship between the flexibility of wage contracts and employment fluctuations.

Education:

  • 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 - Research Fellow
  • Institute for the Study of Labor - Research Fellow

Selected Publications:

CEP Publications

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CEP Discussion Paper
Does Rosie Like Riveting? Male and Female Occupational Choices Grace Lordan and Jörn-Steffen Pischke
August 2016
Paper No' CEPDP1446:
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JEL Classification: J16; J4


Tags: occupational choice; job content; gender; preferences

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CEP Discussion Paper
Wage Flexibility and Employment Fluctuations: Evidence from the Housing Sector Jörn-Steffen Pischke
July 2016
Paper No' CEPDP1440:
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JEL Classification: E24; J20; J44


Tags: wage setting; wage rigidity; commissions; real estate agents; architects; construction workers

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CEP Discussion Paper
A Cautionary Note on Using Industry Affiliation to Predict Income Jörn-Steffen Pischke and Hannes Schwandt
September 2012
Paper No' CEPDP1163:
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JEL Classification: D31; I14; I3; J31


Tags: industry wage differentials; health; happiness; intergenerational mobility

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CEP Discussion Paper
Money and Happiness: Evidence from the Industry Wage Structure Jörn-Steffen Pischke
May 2011
Paper No' CEPDP1051:
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JEL Classification: D1; J31


Tags: life satisfaction; well-being

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CEP Discussion Paper
The Credibility Revolution in Empirical Economics: How Better Research Design is taking the Con out of Econometrics Joshua D. Angrist and Jörn-Steffen Pischke
May 2010
Paper No' CEPDP0976:
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JEL Classification: C01


Tags: research design; natural experiment; quasi-experiment; structural models

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Returns to Apprenticeship Training in Austria: Evidence from Failed Firms Josef Fersterer and Jörn-Steffen Pischke
February 2008
Paper No' CEEDP0088:
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JEL Classification: J24; J31


Tags: human capital; returns to schooling; firm-based training; ability bias


This paper has been published as:
Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 110(4), pp.733-753, 2008
CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Comprehensive Versus Selective Schooling in England and Wales: What Do We Know? Alan Manning and Jörn-Steffen Pischke
June 2006
Paper No' CEEDP0066:
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Tags: education; secondary schools; comprehensive schooling; selective schooling; tracking

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Peer Effects in European Primary Schools: Evidence from PIRLS Andreas Ammermueller and Jörn-Steffen Pischke
May 2006
Paper No' CEEDP0065:
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Tags: primary school; peer effects

CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
Zero Returns to Compulsory Schooling in Germany: Evidence and Interpretation Jörn-Steffen Pischke and Till von Wachter
January 2006
Paper No' CEEDP0054:
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Tags: education; schooling


This paper has been published as:
Review of Economics and Statistics 90, August 2008, pp.592-598
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CEP Discussion Paper
Labor Market Institutions, Wages and Investment Jörn-Steffen Pischke
September 2004
Paper No' CEPDP0652:
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JEL Classification: E22; E24; J23; J24; J31


Tags: frictional labor markets; human capital; changes in wage inequality


This paper has been published as:
CESifo Economic Studies 51, 1/2005, pp.47-75
CEE/Education and Skills Programme Discussion Paper
The Impact of the School Year on Student Performance and Earnings: Evidence from the German short school years Jörn-Steffen Pischke
January 2004
Paper No' CEEDP0034:
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This paper has been published as:
The Economic Journal, 117 (October)
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CEP Discussion Paper
Minimum Wages and On-the-Job Training Daron Acemoglu and Jörn-Steffen Pischke
April 2002
Paper No' CEPDP0527:
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JEL Classification: J24;J31;J41


Tags: imperfect labor markets; low wage workers; general human capital; firm sponsored training


This paper has been published as:
Research in Labor Economics 22, 2003, pp.159-202