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Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin von Gaudecker

Cluster position Associated Investigator

Cluster member since 2019

Research Areas

Main research topics

Applied microeconometrics, life-cycle behavior, labor and health economics


Hans-Martin von Gaudecker is a Professor of Applied Microeconomics at the University of Bonn. He is also Research Team Leader (Structural Policy Evaluation) at IZA (Institute of Labor Economics). Furthermore, he is a Research Fellow at IZA, CESifo, Netspar, and MEA-MPISOC. Hans-Martin studies Economics in Mannheim and Heidelberg and completed his doctorate in Economics in 2007 at the University of Mannheim.


Published papers

Discussion papers

Policy briefs


What is the best thing about your job?

The freedom to think about socially relevant issues and to empirically research human behaviour.

If you had not gone into research, what would you be doing today?

I would probably have started to work as a management consultant -what I would be doing today in this case is difficult to tell. It was clear to me early on that I was heading for economics – my excursions into philosophy or sociology have been rather sobering.

Who or what inspires you?

Discussions with colleagues and sometimes absurd interpretations of data that cry out for proper analysis.

Which advice would you have needed yourself as a doctoral student?

Many, but most likely: Acquire serious coding skills!