• Welcome!

    I am a PhD candidate at the Free University of Berlin under the supervision of Peter Haan and Andrea Weber and a research associate at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and at WU Vienna. My research is in Applied Microeconometrics, with an emphasis on Labor Economics, Economics of Migration, and Gender Economics.


    I expect to obtain my PhD from the Free University of Berlin in Summer 2019. I hold a Master's in economics from University College London and a Bachelor's in economics from the University of Mannheim. I gained experience as a junior researcher at the University of Mannheim and as a research assistant at the Center for European Economic Research and the IFS in London.

    You can find my CV here.

  • Research


    Mortality in midlife for subgroups in Germany, with Peter Haan and Anna Hammerschmid. Forthcoming, Journal of the Economics of Ageing. [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeoa.2018.12.001]

    Working Papers

    Fertility as a Driver of Maternal Employment, single-author. Revise and resubmit at the Journal of Applied Econometrics [email me for latest version]


    Summary: Based on findings from high-income countries, typically economists hypothesize that having more children unambiguously decreases the time mothers spend in the labor market. Research on lower-income countries, in which low household wealth, informal child care, and informal employment opportunities prevail, is scarce. Using Mexican census data, I find a positive effect of an instrument-induced increase in fertility on maternal employment driven by an increase in informal work. The presence of grandparents and low wealth appear to be important. Econometric approaches that allow extrapolating from this complier-specific effect indicate that the response in informal employment is non-negative for the entire sample.



    Job Displacement, Family Dynamics, and Household Labor Supply, with Martin Halla and Andrea Weber.
    CEPR Discussion Paper No. 13247, London, Centre for Economic Policy Research, 2018. Revise and resubmit at the AEJ: Applied Economics [download]


    Summary: We study the effectiveness of intra-household insurance among married couples when the husband loses his job due to a mass layoff or plant closure. Empirical results based on Austrian administrative data show that husbands suffer persistent employment and earnings losses, while wives’ labor supply increases moderately due to extensive margin responses. Wives’ earnings gains recover only a tiny fraction of the household income loss and, in the short-term, public transfers and taxes are a more important form of insurance. We show that the presence of children in the household is a crucial determinant of the wives’ labor supply response.


    Free mobility of labor - How are neighboring labor markets affected by the EU Eastern enlargement of 2004?, with Andrea Weber [email me for latest version]

    Work in Progress

    The Health of Elderly Parents and their Children’s Labor Supply, with Wolfgang Frimmel, Martin Halla, and Jörg


    Can External Role Models Change Students' Beliefs about Careers in Technology and Innovation?, with Katharina Drescher and Simone Häckl


    Transnational Labor Markets: Migration between Germany and Austria, with Andrea Weber and Rudolf Winter-Ebmer


    Todesfälle durch Suizid, Alkohol und Drogen sinken deutlich bei Männern und Frauen in Ost- und Westdeutschland, with Peter Haan, Anna Hammerschmid and Robert Lindner. DIW Weekly Report 7+8, 2019. [link]


    How did EU Eastern enlargement affect migrant labor supply in Austria? with Andrea Weber. Focus on European Economic Integration, Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank), Q3-18, 113–121, 2018. [download]


    Job Displacement, Family Dynamics, and Household Labor Supply, with Martin Halla and Andrea Weber.
    VOX EU, December 2018 [link]


    Lohn- und Beschäftigungseffekte der Zuwanderung nach Deutschland. DIW Roundup 90, 2016. [link]

  • Teaching

    The tax & transfer system - Empirical policy evaluation

    Co-instructor, graduate level, Free University of Berlin, Winter Semester 2015, 2016, 2017, joint with Prof. Peter Haan


    Content: The aim of this course is to discuss the distributional, fiscal and behavioral effects of taxation and public policy. Topics include the effect of income taxation on labor supply, the design of transfer programs, such as unemployment insurance, of the pension system or of family policy. Further, there will be a strong focus on the effect of the demographic change on the pension system. We will develop and discuss different empirical methods to answer these questions.

  • References

    Prof. Dr. Peter Haan
    Head of Department Public Economics, DIW Berlin
    Professor of Empirical Economics, Freie Universität Berlin
    Mohrenstraße 58
    10117 Berlin, Germany
    Email: phaan[at]diw[dot]de


    Prof. Dr. Andrea Weber
    Professor of Economics, Central European University
    Department of Economics
    Nádor utca 9
    1051 Budapest, Hungary
    Email: WeberA[at]ceu[dot].edu

    Prof. Magne Mogstad, PhD
    Gary S. Becker Professor in Economics, University of Chicago
    Department of Economics
    1126, East 59th Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60637
    Email: magne[dot]mogstad[at]gmail[dot]com


    Prof. Michela Tincani, PhD
    University College London
    Department of Economics
    Drayton House, 30 Gordon Street
    London WC1H 0AN, United Kingdom
    Email: m[dot]tincani[at]ucl[dot]ac[dot]uk


  • Contact

    Julia Schmieder

    German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

    Public Economics

    Mohrenstrasse 58

    10117 Berlin, Germany

    Email: jschmieder[at]diw[dot]de