Uwe Blien
Research Fellow

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Blien Uwe Blien studied economics and sociology at the University of Regensburg, Germany, where he received his diploma in 1980 and his doctoral degree in 1986. After his studies he worked at the Universities of Erlangen-Nürnberg and Regensburg. From 1987 to 1990 he was a senior researcher and deputy head of a research department at the Center for Survey, Research and Methodology (ZUMA) in Mannheim. Since then he is a senior researcher at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB, Nürnberg). He is now head of the Research Department of Regional Labour Markets in the position of a scientific director. In 1999 he received his post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) in economics at the University of Kaiserslautern and achieved later the status of a (apl.) Professor there. Since 2010 he has been Professor (W3) at the Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg. 1996 - 2002 he was a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE). Since 2002 he has been the representative of the Gesellschaft fuer Regionalforschung (GfR), the German speaking section in the Council of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA). From 2010 to 2014 he was the elected president of the GfR. His current research interests include analyses on the effects of unemployment on wages, the development of regions, the effects of structural changes, the econometric application of multilevel models, the development of East-Asian societies and the evolution of social norms.

He joined IZA in July 2000 as a Research Fellow.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
10472  Uwe Blien
Oliver Ludewig
Technological Progress and (Un)employment Development
5385  Michael P. Pflüger
Uwe Blien
Joachim Möller
Michael Moritz
Labor Market Effects of Trade and FDI: Recent Advances and Research Gaps
(revised version published in: Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik, 2013, 233 (1), 86-116)
4619  Jens Suedekum
Katja Wolf
Uwe Blien
Cultural Diversity and Local Labour Markets
(published in: Regional Studies, 2014, 48 (1), 173-191)
4488  Uwe Blien
Wolfgang Dauth
Thorsten Schank
Claus Schnabel
The Institutional Context of an "Empirical Law": The Wage Curve under Different Regimes of Collective Bargaining
(published in: British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2013, 51 (1), 59-79)
3433  Badi H. Baltagi
Uwe Blien
Katja Wolf
New Evidence on the Dynamic Wage Curve for Western Germany: 1980–2004
(published in: Labour Economics, 2009, 16 (1), 47-51)
1723  Uwe Blien
Jens Suedekum
Katja Wolf
Local Employment Growth in West Germany: A Dynamic Panel Approach
(published in: Labour Economics, 2006, 13 (4), 445-458)
1333  Uwe Blien
Jens Suedekum
Local Economic Structure and Industry Development in Germany, 1993-2001
(published in: Economics Bulletin, 2005, 17 (15), 1-8)
1128  Jens Suedekum
Uwe Blien
Wages and Employment Growth: Disaggregated Evidence for West Germany
(published as 'Stimulating employment growth with higher wages? A new approach to address an old controversy' in: Kyklos, 2007, 60 (3), 441-467)
This paper has repeatedly been among the Top 10 monthly downloads. 
Reinhard Hujer
Uwe Blien
Marco Caliendo
Christopher Zeiss
Macroeconometric Evaluation of Active Labour Market Policies in Germany – A Dynamic Panel Approach Using Regional Data
(published in: Carloeo, F.E. and Destefanis, S. (eds.): The European Labour Market - Regional Dimensions, Physica Verlag, 2006, 287-310)