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 disparities and evaluating alternative public policies to reduce such inefficiencies. Exemplary research questions are as follows:

    • Which factors promote or hinder the integration of immigrants?
    • How should the care and education system be designed to equally benefit children from all socio-economic backgrounds?
    • What explains the gender employment/wage gap and which political measures can help reduce these inequalities?

    We use state of the art empirical methods applied to administrative data as well as survey data and behavioral economic experiments. One example for our current empirical work is a large scale field study at more than 50 secondary schools in Germany, collecting representative data on around 5000 students. In this field study, we have elicited students’ ambitions, attitudes, expectations, interests and social capital using both survey questions and behavioral economic experiments. The resulting unique database allows examining in unprecedented depth the processes underlying the integration of immigrant children.

    Research Projects

    2020-2022 "Fachkräfte der Zukunft oder langfristig marginalisiert? Möglichkeiten der Integration von geringfügig qualifizierten Geflüchteten" in cooperation with Universität Mannheim, Institut für Mittelstandsforschung, Dr. Christoph Sajons, funded by the Mercator Foundation with 239.400 EUR.
    2021-2022 "Corona Crisis and Beyond: Targeted Policies to Mitigate the Unintended Health Effects of the Pandemic Response on Families with Children", funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung with 120.000 EUR.
    2021-2026 “Early Origins of Social Cohesion in Increasingly Diverse Societies (KIDSNGROUPS)” ERC Consolidator Grant 2020 with 1.999.992 EUR.

    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