Deutsch Intern
    Chair of Labour Economics


    Research Statement

    Research activities at the chair of Labor Economics lie in the area of labor, education, migration and experimental economics. Our research projects aim at explaining socioeconomic inequality and evaluating alternative public policies to reduce such inefficiencies. Our focus lies on the role of social norms and preferences in preventing socioeconomic disparities to close. We use state of the art empirical methods applied to administrative data as well as survey data and behavioral economic experiments to address these topics.

    Our team is currently working on three large projects:



    Early Origins of Social Cohesion in Increasingly Diverse Societies

    Funded by: ERC Consolidator Grant 2021-26

    Corona Crisis and Beyond

    Policies to Mitigate the Unintended Health Effects of the Pandemic Response on Families with Children

    Funded by: Volkswagen Stiftung 2021-23

    Refugees – Workforce of Tomorrow?

    Integrating refugees and simultaneously combating the shortage of skilled workers.

    Funded by: Mercator Stiftung 2020-22

    Recent Journal Articles

    • Felfe, C.; G. Dahl, P. Frijters and H. Rainer“Caught between Cultures? Unintended Consequences of Improving Opportunity for Immigrant Girls” (forthcoming in Review of Economic Studies)
    • Felfe, C.; M. Kocher, H. Rainer, J. Saurer and T. Siedler "More Opportunity, More Cooperation? The Behavioral Effects of Birthright Citizenship on Immigrant Youth” (2021) Journal of Public Economics 200: 104448
    • Felfe, C.; Rainer, H. and Saurer, J. (2020) “Why Birthright Citizenship Matters for Immigrant Children: Short- and Long-Run Impacts on Educational Integration”. Journal of Labor Economics, 38(1): 143-182
    • Felfe, C. and Lalive, R. (2018) "Does Early Child Care Help or Hinder Child Development?”. Journal of Public Economics 159: 33-53
    • Felfe, C. and Zierow, L. (2018) “From Dusk til Dawn: Implications of Full-Day Care for Children’s Development”. Forthcoming in Labour Economics
    • Felfe, C. and Huber, M. (2017) “Does preschool boost the development of minority children? The case of young Romas in Eastern and Central Europe”. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society – Series A 180 Part II: 475-502
    • Felfe, C. and Thiemann, P. (2016) "After-School Care and Parents’ Labor Supply". Labour Economics 43: 64-75
    • Felfe, C.; Lechner, M. and Steinmayr, A. (2016) “Sports and Child Development” (2016) PLoS ONE 11(5): e0151729
    • Felfe, C. and Deuchert, E. (2015) “The Tempest: Natural Disasters, Early Shocks and Children's Short- and Long-Run Outcomes", (2015), European Economic Review, 80: 280-294
    • Felfe, C.; Nollenberger, N. and Rodriguez-Planas, N. (2015). "Can’t buy Mommy’s Love? Universal Child Care and Children’s Long-term Cognitive Development: Evidence from a Natural Experiment". Journal of Population Economics 26(3): 983-1005 
    • Felfe, C. and Zierow, L. (2015) “After-School Care and Children’s Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills”. B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy – Contributions 14(4): 1299-1336
    • Felfe, C. and Hsin, A. (2014) “When Does Time Matter? Maternal Employment, Children's Time with Parents and Child Development”. Demography, 51(5): 1867-1894
    • Felfe, C. and Hsin, A. (2012) “Maternal Work Conditions and Child Development”. Economics of Education Review 31(6): 1037-1057
    • Felfe, C. (2012) “The Motherhood Wage Gap – What about Job Amenities? Labour Economics 19(1): 59ff
    • Felfe, C. (2012) “The Willingness to Pay for Job Amenities: Evidence from Mothers' Return to Work”. Industrial and Labor Relations Review 65(2): 10-39