Professor Bernd Fitzenberger, PhD

Bernd Fitzenberger has been Director of the IAB since September 2019 and, since 2015, Professor of Econometrics at the Humboldt University Berlin.

He studied economics, mathematics and statistics at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and at Stanford University, USA. In 1993, he completed his PhD in Economics at Stanford University. In 1998 he habilitated at the University of Konstanz and was appointed professor for economics, in particular social policy, at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. From 1999 to 2004, he held the chair for economics, in particular econometrics, at the University of Mannheim, Germany, from 2004 to 2007, the chair for economics, in particular labour economics, at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, and from 2007 to 2015, the chair for statistics and econometrics at the Albert-Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany. He has held the chair for econometrics at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, since 2015.

From 2004 to 2013 and from March 2017 to 31 August 2019, Bernd Fitzenberger was a member of the scientific advisory board of the IAB. In addition, he is a research associate at the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim, Germany, a research fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn, Germany, at the CESifo in Munich, Germany, and at the Research Center for Education and the Labour Market in Maastricht, the Netherlands, as well as an international research affiliate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London, UK. He is also co-editor of the international journal Labour Economics, associate editor of the international journal Empirical Economics, and a member of the editorial committee of the Journal for Labour Market Research. Since 2014, he has been the coordinator of the current DFG research priority programme “The German Labor Market in a Globalized World: Challenges through Trade, Technology and Demographics” (SPP 1764), whose coordination office is located at the ZEW.

His main research areas are income and wage inequality, employment development, evaluation of measures of labour market and education policy, vocational training and transition from school to work, employment of mothers, trade unions (binding collective agreements, degree of organisation, wage structures and employment), evaluation methods and the method of quantile regressions.