Amelie Schiprowski receives German Economic Award from the Joachim Herz Foundation


For her contribution to labour market research, Amelie Schiprowski was awarded the “Deutscher Wirtschaftspreis” of the Joachim Herz Foundation on 3 December.

Amelie Schiprowski received the first prize for young researchers, endowed with € 25,000, for her article on the role of case managers in job placement for the unemployed. Second and third prizes went to Jan Nimczik from the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin and to Hanno Foerster from Boston College, USA. The economist Bernd Fitzenberger, Director of the Institute for Employment Research in Nuremberg, Germany, received the prize for the best research work, endowed with € 150,000.

Bernd Fitzenberger (left) receives the prize for the best research paper, Amelie Schiprowski (right) is awarded the 1st prize for the best contribution by young scientists. © Joachim Herz Foundation/Claudia Höhne

In her contribution, Amelie Schiprowski examines the role of case managers in placing the long-term unemployed in the labour market. She shows that support by qualified case managers significantly increases the chances of successful job placement. Amelie Schiprowski received her doctorate from the University of Potsdam in 2018. Since 2019 she has been a junior professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Bonn. She is a member of the Institute for Applied Microeconomics and the ECONtribute Cluster of Excellence at the Universities of Bonn and Cologne.

The German Economic Award of the Joachim Herz Foundation has been awarded every two years since 2016 for outstanding interdisciplinary research in economics. “We want to use the award to honour researchers who look beyond the boundaries of their discipline and thus develop it further. Our four award winners make this exemplary by incorporating approaches from sociology or psychology into their work. And they also provide important impulses for the future viability of our working world. For example, by addressing the consequences of digitalization and mechanisation for the labour market,” said Dr. Henneke Lütgerath, Chairman of the Board of the Joachim Herz Foundation, at the award ceremony.

Hamburg’s Science Senator underlined the social importance of research. “The prizewinner’s outstanding research work examines the manifold influences on our labour market from fundamental reforms to alimony payments. They thus provide important impulses for the further development of our working world, which is currently undergoing major changes, particularly as a result of the corona pandemic. These projects are successful examples of how important science and research are for our society. We need scientific knowledge as a source of innovation and as a fact-based basis for political decisions. I would like to thank the prizewinners for their commitment and congratulate them warmly on the Economic Award,” said Fegebank.

Amelie explains her research on YouTube:


JProf. Dr. Amelie Schiprowski