Stephan L. Thomsen
Research Fellow

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Thomsen Stephan L. Thomsen is professor of economics at the Leibniz Universität Hannover. His research focuses on applied econometrics and (micro-)econometric evaluations, and he contributes to questions on labor and educational economics, primarily in the area of the evaluation of political reforms, human capital, migration, and social security. He studied economics (Dipl.-Volksw., 2001) at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt and business economics at the universities of Frankfurt and Hagen (Dipl.-Kfm., 2004). From 2001 to 2006, he worked at the Universität Frankfurt, where he obtained his doctorate in 2006. After that, he moved to ZEW Mannheim as a post-doc researcher from 2006 to 2007. In August 2007, Stephan Thomsen became junior professor for labor economics at the Universität Magdeburg. From 2011 to 2016, he was chairman and academic head of NIW Hannover (Niedersächsisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung).

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in August 2014.
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IZA World of Labor article: The impacts of shortening secondary school duration
IZA Discussion Papers:
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11044  Katrin John
Stephan L. Thomsen
Gender Differences in the Development of Other-Regarding Preferences
10334  Mario Reinhold
Stephan L. Thomsen
The Changing Situation of Labor Market Entrants in Germany: A Long-Run Analysis of Wages and Occupational Patterns
(published in: Journal for Labour Market Research, 2017, 50 (1), 161–174)
9878  Anna Katharina Pikos
Stephan L. Thomsen
Rising Work Complexity but Decreasing Returns
9507  Tobias Meyer
Stephan L. Thomsen
Heidrun Schneider
New Evidence on the Effects of the Shortened School Duration in the German States: An Evaluation of Post-Secondary Education Decisions
9334  Hendrik Thiel
Stephan L. Thomsen
Individual Poverty Paths and the Stability of Control-Perception
8976  Sissa Carlsson
Stephan L. Thomsen
Improving the Allocation of Spots in Child Care Facilities for Toddlers in Germany: A Mechanism Design Approach
8623  Stephan L. Thomsen
Friederike von Haaren
Did Tuition Fees in Germany Constrain Students' Budgets? New Evidence from a Natural Experiment
(revised version published in: IZA Journal or European Labor Studies, 2016, 5:6)
4580  Bernhard Boockmann
Stephan L. Thomsen
Thomas Walter
Intensifying the Use of Benefit Sanctions: An Effective Tool to Shorten Welfare Receipt and Speed Up Transitions to Employment?
(published in: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2014, 3:21 )
1512  Marco Caliendo
Reinhard Hujer
Stephan L. Thomsen
The Employment Effects of Job Creation Schemes in Germany: A Microeconometric Evaluation
(published in: Millimet, D., Smith, J. and Vytlacil, E. (eds.), Advances in Econometrics, Volume 21: Estimating and Evaluating Treatment Effects in Econometrics, 2008, 383-430)
1117  Reinhard Hujer
Stephan L. Thomsen
Christopher Zeiss
The Effects of Vocational Training Programmes on the Duration of Unemployment in Eastern Germany
(published in: Allgemeines Statistisches Archiv / Journal of the German Statistical Society, 2006, 90 (2), 299-321)
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Reinhard Hujer
Marco Caliendo
Stephan L. Thomsen
New Evidence on the Effects of Job Creation Schemes in Germany - A Matching Approach with Threefold Heterogeneity
(published in: Research in Economics, 2004, 58(4), 257-302)