Stefan C. Wolter
Research Fellow

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Wolter Stefan Wolter is Managing Director of the Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education and a Professor of Economics at the University of Bern, where he heads the Centre for Research in Economics of Education. Among others he is also member of the Governing Board of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and Member of the Education Policy Committee of the OECD in Paris and Chair of the OECD expert group on Vocational Education and Training. His main research interests are labour economics and economics of education. Together with Prof. U. Backes-Gellner (University of Zurich) he is co-director of the Swiss Leading House on Economics of Education (

Among others he has published in American Economic Review (P&P), Journal of Public Economics, Economica, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Labour Economics and Economics of Education Review. He is Editor-in-Chief of "Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training" (ERVET).

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2000.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
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11217  Stefan C. Wolter
Maria Zumbühl
The Native-Migrant Gap in the Progression into and through Upper-Secondary Education
11081  Luca Moretti
Martin Mayerl
Samuel Mühlemann
Peter Schlögl
Stefan C. Wolter
So Similar and Yet So Different: A Comparative Analysis of a Firm's Cost and Benefits of Apprenticeship Training in Austria and Switzerland
10976  Thomas Buser
Noemi Peter
Stefan C. Wolter
Gender, Willingness to Compete and Career Choices along the Whole Ability Distribution
10191  Katharina Jaik
Stefan C. Wolter
Lost in Transition: The Influence of Locus of Control on Delaying Educational Decisions
9797  Maria Alejandra Cattaneo
Chantal Oggenfuss
Stefan C. Wolter
The More, the Better? The Impact of Instructional Time on Student Performance
(published in: Education Economics, 2017, 25(5), 433-445)
9646  Mirjam Strupler Leiser
Stefan C. Wolter
Empirical Evidence on the Effectiveness of Social Public Procurement Policy: The Case of the Swiss Apprenticeship Training System
(published in: LABOUR, 2017, 31(2), 204–222)
6344  Marc Blatter
Samuel Mühlemann
Samuel Schenker
Stefan C. Wolter
Hiring Costs of Skilled Workers and the Supply of Firm-Provided Training
(published in: Oxford Economic Papers, 2016, 68 (1), 238-257)
6300  Maria Alejandra Cattaneo
Stefan C. Wolter
Migration Policy Can Boost PISA Results: Findings from a Natural Experiment
(published in: IZA Journal of Migration, 2015)
5806  Stefanie Hof
Mirjam Strupler Leiser
Stefan C. Wolter
Career Changers in Teaching Jobs: A Case Study Based on the Swiss Vocational Education System
5712  Stefan Denzler
Stefan C. Wolter
Too Far to Go? Does Distance Determine Study Choices?
(published also in German as "Der Einfluss des lokalen Hochschulangebots auf die Studienwahl" in: Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, 2010, 13(4), 683-706)
5587  Samuel Mühlemann
Paul Ryan
Stefan C. Wolter
Monopsony Power, Pay Structure and Training
(published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2013, 66 (5), 1095-1112)
5474  Barbara Mueller
Stefan C. Wolter
The Consequences of Being Different: Statistical Discrimination and the School-to-Work Transition
(published as 'The Role of Hard-to-Obtain Information on Ability for the School-to-Work Transition' in: Empirical Economics, 2014, 46(4), 1447-1471)
5431  Guido Schwerdt
Dolores Messer
Ludger Woessmann
Stefan C. Wolter
Effects of Adult Education Vouchers on the Labor Market: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment
(published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2012, 96 (7-8), 569-583)
4460  Samuel Mühlemann
Stefan C. Wolter
Adrian Wüest
Apprenticeship Training and the Business Cycle
(published in: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2009, 1(2), 173-186)
4069  Jürg Schweri
Joop Hartog
Stefan C. Wolter
Do Students Expect Compensation for Wage Risk?
(published in: Economics of Education Review, 2011, 30 (2), 215-227)
4017  Dolores Messer
Stefan C. Wolter
Money Matters: Evidence from a Large-Scale Randomized Field Experiment with Vouchers for Adult Training
3505  Stefan Denzler
Stefan C. Wolter
Self-Selection into Teaching: The Role of Teacher Education Institutions
(published in: Cambridge Journal of Education, 2009, 39(4), 423-441)
3465  Regina Dionisius
Samuel Mühlemann
Harald Pfeifer
Günter Walden
Felix Wenzelmann
Stefan C. Wolter
Cost and Benefit of Apprenticeship Training: A Comparison of Germany and Switzerland
(published in: Applied Economics Quarterly, 2009, 55(1), 7-36)
3323  Kathrin Bertschy
Maria Alejandra Cattaneo
Stefan C. Wolter
What Happened to the PISA 2000 Participants Five Years Later?
(published as 'PISA and the Transition into the Labour Market' in: Labour, 2009, 23 (Special Issue), 111 - 137)
2787  Dolores Messer
Stefan C. Wolter
Time-to-Degree and the Business Cycle
(revised version published in: Education Economics, 2010, 18(1), 111-123)
1656  Dolores Messer
Stefan C. Wolter
Are Student Exchange Programs Worth It?
(published in: Higher Education, 2007, 54 (5), 647-663)
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Stefan C. Wolter
Samuel Mühlemann
Jürg Schweri
Why Some Firms Train Apprentices and Many Others Do Not
(published in: German Economic Review, 2006, 7(3), 249-264)
734  Stefan C. Wolter
Sibling Rivalry: A Six Country Comparison
(published together with Maja Coradi Vellacott as 'Sibling Rivalry for Parental Resources: A Problem for Equity in Education? A Six-Country Comparison with PISA Data' in: Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie / Swiss Journal of Sociology /Revue suisse de sociologie , 2003, 29 (3), 377-398)
733  Stefan C. Wolter
Stefan Denzler
Wage Elasticity of the Teacher Supply in Switzerland
(published in: Brussels Economic Review / Cahiers Economiques de Bruxelles, 2004, 47 (3), 387-408)
594  Stefan C. Wolter
Maja Coradi Vellacott
Sibling Rivalry: A Look at Switzerland with PISA Data
371  Stefan C. Wolter
André Zbinden
Rates of Return to Education: The View of Students in Switzerland
(published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2002, 23 (5), 458-470)