Michael Lechner
Research Fellow

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Lechner Michael Lechner studied from 1985 to 1989 Economics at the University of Heidelberg and the London School of Economics and Political Science.1989 he got his Degree in Economics at the University of Heidelberg. From 1990 until 1994 he worked as Research Assistant at the Department of Economics, University of Mannheim (Prof. Heinz König). In 1994 he recieved his Ph.D. in Economics and Econometrics at the University of Mannheim. From 1994 to1995 he was a John-F.-Kennedy-Fellow at the Center for European Studies of Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. In 1995 he became an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Mannheim and stayed there until 1998. In 1996 he received his post-doctoral habilitation in Economics and Econometrics (University of Mannheim) and 1998 he became a full Professor of Econometrics at the University of St. Gallen and Director of SIAW and is currently director of the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research (SEW).

Among others he has published in Journal of Econometrics, The Journal of Human Resources, Annales d' Economie et de Statistique, Journal of Business Economic Statistics and The Econometrics Journal.

Michael Lechner joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 1999.
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IZA World of Labor article: Sports, exercise, and labor market outcomes
IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
10532  Michael Lechner
Anthony Strittmatter
Practical Procedures to Deal with Common Support Problems in Matching Estimation
9706  Hugo Bodory
Lorenzo Camponovo
Martin Huber
Michael Lechner
The Finite Sample Performance of Inference Methods for Propensity Score Matching and Weighting Estimators
9490  Michael Lechner
Núria Rodríguez-Planas
Daniel Fernández-Kranz
Difference‐in‐Difference Estimation by FE and OLS when there is Panel Non‐Response
(forthcoming: Journal of Applied Statistics)
9428  Hans Fricke
Markus Frölich
Martin Huber
Michael Lechner
Endogeneity and Non-Response Bias in Treatment Evaluation: Nonparametric Identification of Causal Effects by Instruments
9138  Martin Huber
Michael Lechner
Anthony Strittmatter
Direct and Indirect Effects of Training Vouchers for the Unemployed
8987  Charlotte Cabane
Adrian Hille
Michael Lechner
Mozart or Pelé? The Effects of Teenagers' Participation in Music and Sports
8715  Monika Bütler
Eva Deuchert
Michael Lechner
Stefan Staubli
Petra Thiemann
Financial Work Incentives for Disability Benefit Recipients: Lessons from a Randomised Field Experiment
(revised version published in: IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2015, 4:18)
8297  Martin Huber
Michael Lechner
Conny Wunsch
Workplace Health Promotion and Labour Market Performance of Employees
7931  Michael Lechner
Nazmi Sari
Labor Market Effects of Sports and Exercise: Evidence from Canadian Panel Data
7768  Christina Felfe
Michael Lechner
Petra Thiemann
After-School Care and Parents' Labor Supply
(revised version published in: Labour Economics, 2016, 42, 62-75)
7690  Michael Lechner
Paul Downward
Heterogeneous Sports Participation and Labour Market Outcomes in England
7614  Michael Lechner
Conny Wunsch
Patrycja Scioch
Do Firms Benefit from Active Labour Market Policies?
7513  Martin Huber
Michael Lechner
Conny Wunsch
The Effect of Firms' Partial Retirement Policies on the Labour Market Outcomes of Their Employees
6105  Christina Felfe
Michael Lechner
Andreas Steinmayr
Sports and Child Development
(published in: PLoS One, 2016, 11(5), e0151729)
5553  Michael Lechner
Conny Wunsch
Sensitivity of Matching-Based Program Evaluations to the Availability of Control Variables
(published in: Labour Economics, 2013, 21, 111-121)
5268  Martin Huber
Michael Lechner
Conny Wunsch
How to Control for Many Covariates? Reliable Estimators Based on the Propensity Score
(published as 'The Performance of Estimators Based on the Propensity Score' in: Journal of Econometrics, 2013, 175 (1), 1-21)
4370  Martin Huber
Michael Lechner
Conny Wunsch
Does Leaving Welfare Improve Health? Evidence for Germany
(published in: Health Economics, 2011, 20 (4), 484-504)
4090  Martin Huber
Michael Lechner
Conny Wunsch
Thomas Walter
Do German Welfare-to-Work Programmes Reduce Welfare and Increase Work?
(published as 'Do German Welfare-to-Work Programmes Reduce Welfare Dependency and Increase Employment?' in: German Economic Review, 2011, 12 (2), 182-204)
3559  Michael Lechner
Long-Run Labour Market Effects of Individual Sports Activities
(published as 'Long-run labour market and health effects of individual sports activities' in: Journal of Health Economics, 2009, 28 (4), 839 - 854)
3437  Stefanie Behncke
Markus Frölich
Michael Lechner
A Caseworker Like Me: Does the Similarity between Unemployed and Caseworker Increase Job Placements?
(published in: Economic Journal, 2010, 120(549), 1430-1459)
3149  Stefanie Behncke
Markus Frölich
Michael Lechner
Unemployed and Their Caseworkers: Should They Be Friends or Foes?
(published in: Journal of Royal Statistical Society, Series A (Statistics in Society), 2010, 173 (1), 67-92)
3092  Michael Lechner
Stephan Wiehler
Does the Order and Timing of Active Labor Market Programs Matter?
3085  Stefanie Behncke
Markus Frölich
Michael Lechner
Targeting Labour Market Programmes: Results from a Randomized Experiment
(published in: Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Volkswirtschaft und Statistik / Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, 2009, 145 (3), 221-268)
3005  Stefanie Behncke
Markus Frölich
Michael Lechner
Public Employment Services and Employers: How Important Are Networks with Firms?
(published in: Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft, 2008, 1, 151-178)
2926  Michael Lechner
Blaise Melly
Earnings Effects of Training Programs
2800  Conny Wunsch
Michael Lechner
What Did All the Money Do? On the General Ineffectiveness of Recent West German Labour Market Programmes
(published in: Kyklos, 2008, 61 (1), 134-174)
2740  Michael Lechner
Stephan Wiehler
Kids or Courses? Gender Differences in the Effects of Active Labor Market Policies
(published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2011, 24 (3), 783-812)
2363  Michael Lechner
Conny Wunsch
Active Labour Market Policy in East Germany: Waiting for the Economy to Take Off
(published in: Economics of Transition, 2009, 17 (4), 661-702)
2355  Michael Lechner
Conny Wunsch
Are Training Programs More Effective When Unemployment Is High?
(published in: Journal of Labor Economics, 2009, 27 (4), 653-692)
2144  Markus Frölich
Michael Lechner
Exploiting Regional Treatment Intensity for the Evaluation of Labour Market Policies
(published in: Journal of American Statistical Association, 2010, 105 (491), 1014-1029)
1684  Michael Lechner
Ruth Miquel
Conny Wunsch
The Curse and Blessing of Training the Unemployed in a Changing Economy: The Case of East Germany After Unification
(published in: German Economic Review, 2007, 8 (4), 468-509)
1443  Michael Lechner
Ruth Miquel
Conny Wunsch
Long-Run Effects of Public Sector Sponsored Training in West Germany
(published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2011, 9 (4), 742-784)
1095  Markus Frölich
Michael Lechner
Regional Treatment Intensity as an Instrument for the Evaluation of Labour Market Policies
(substantially revised version published as IZA DP 2144)
1042  Michael Lechner
Sequential Matching Estimation of Dynamic Causal Models
967  Michael Lechner
Rosalia Vazquez-Alvarez
The Effect of Disability on Labour Market Outcomes in Germany: Evidence from Matching
728  Michael Lechner
Jeffrey A. Smith
What is the Value Added by Caseworkers?
(published in: Labour Economics, 2007, 14 (2), 135-151)
606  Michael Gerfin
Michael Lechner
Heidi Steiger
Does Subsidised Temporary Employment Get the Unemployed Back to Work? An Econometric Analysis of Two Different Schemes
(published in: Labour Economics, 2005, 12 (6), 807-835)
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Michael Gerfin
Michael Lechner
Microeconometric Evaluation of the Active Labour Market Policy in Switzerland
(published in: Economic Journal, 2002, 112 (482), 854-893)
94  Martin Eichler
Michael Lechner
An Evaluation of Public Employment Programmes in the East German State of Sachsen-Anhalt
(published in: Labour Economics, 2009, 9 (2), 143-186)
93  Michael Lechner
An Evaluation of Public-Sector-Sponsored Continuous Vocational Training Programs in East Germany
(published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2000, 35 (2), 347-375)
91  Michael Lechner
Identification and Estimation of Causal Effects of Multiple Treatments Under the Conditional Independence Assumption
(published in: M. Lechner, F. Pfeiffer (eds.), Econometric Evaluation of Labour Market Policies, Heidelberg: Physica, 2001, 43-58)