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The chair’s research focuses on the economics of education. Please visit the website of the ifo Center for the Economics of Education for detailed information.

Selected Publications

Hanushek, Eric A., Jens Ruhose, and Ludger Woessmann, "Knowledge Capital and Aggregate Income Differences: Development Accounting for U.S. States", American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, forthcoming

Parey, Matthias, Jens Ruhose, Fabian Waldinger, and Nicolai Netz "The Selection of High-Skilled Emigrants." Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming

Cinnirella, Francesco and Jochen Streb, "The Role of Human Capital and Innovation in Economic Development: Evidence from Post-Malthusian Prussia", Journal of Economic Growth, forthcoming

Becker, Sascha O., Markus Nagler, and Ludger Woessmann, "Education and Religious Participation: City-Level Evidence from Germany’s Secularization Period 1890-1930", Journal of Economic Growth, forthcoming

Bietenbeck, Jan, Marc Piopiunik, and Simon Wiederhold, "Africa's Skill Tragedy: Does Teachers' Lack of Knowledge Lead to Low Student Performance?", Journal of Human Resources, forthcoming

Falck, Oliver, Constantin Mang, and Ludger Woessmann, "Virtually No Effect? Different Uses of Classroom Computers and their Effect on Student Achievement", Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming

Cinnirella, Francesco, Marc Klemp, and Jacob Weisdorf, "Malthus in the Bedroom: Birth Spacing as Birth Control in Pre-Transition England", Demography, forthcoming

Piopiunik, Marc and Jens Ruhose, "Immigration, Regional Conditions, and Crime: Evidence from an Allocation Policy in Germany", European Economic Review 92: 258-282, 2017

Hanushek, Eric A., Guido Schwerdt, Ludger Woessmann, and Lei Zhang, "General Education, Vocational Education, and Labor-Market Outcomes over the Life-Cycle", Journal of Human Resources 52 (1): 49-88, 2017

Hanushek, Eric A., Guido Schwerdt, Simon Wiederhold, and Ludger Woessmann, "Coping with Change: International Differences in the Returns to Skills", Economics Letters 153: 15-19, 2017

Angerer, Silvia, E. Glenn Dutcher, Daniela Glätzle-Rützler, Philipp Lergetporer, and Matthias Sutter, "Gender Differences in Discrimination Emerge Early in Life: Evidence from Primary School Children in a Bilingual City", Economics Letters 152: 15-18, 2017

Schwerdt, Guido and Ludger Woessmann, "The Information Value of Central School Exams", Economics of Education Review 56: 65-79, 2017

Hanushek, Eric A. and Ludger Woessmann, "Knowledge Capital, Growth, and the East Asian Miracle", Science 351 (6271): 344-345, 2016

Becker, Sascha O., Katrin Boeckh, Christa Hainz, and Ludger Woessmann, "The Empire is Dead, Long Live the Empire! Long-Run Persistence of Trust and Corruption in the Bureaucracy", Economic Journal 126 (590): 40-74, 2016

Slavtchev, Viktor and Simon Wiederhold, "Does the Technological Content of Government Demand Matter for Private R&D? Evidence from US States", American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics 8 (2): 45-84, 2016

Angerer, Silvia, Daniela Glätzle-Rützler, Philipp Lergetporer, and Matthias Sutter, "Cooperation and Discrimination within and across Language Borders: Evidence from Children in a Bilingual City", European Economic Review 90: 254-264, 2016

Woessmann, Ludger, "The Importance of School Systems: Evidence from International Differences in Student Achievement", Journal of Economic Perspectives 30 (3): 3-31, 2016

Cinnirella, Francesco and Erik Hornung, "Landownership Concentration and the Expansion of Education", Journal of Development Economics 121: 135-152, 2016

Riener, Gerhard and Simon Wiederhold, "Team Building and Hidden Costs of Control", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 123: 1-18, 2016

Isphording, Ingo E., Marc Piopiunik, and Núria Rodríguez-Planas, "Speaking in Numbers: The Effect of Reading Performance on Math Performance among Immigrants", Economics Letters 139: 52-56, 2016

Ruhose, Jens and Guido Schwerdt, "Does Early Educational Tracking Increase Migrant-Native Achievement Gaps? Differences-in-Differences Evidence across Countries", Economics of Education Review 52: 134-154, 2016

Woessmann, Ludger, "The Economic Case for Education", Education Economics 24 (1): 3-32, 2016

Hanushek, Eric A., Guido Schwerdt, Simon Wiederhold and Ludger Woessmann, "Returns to Skills around the World: Evidence from PIAAC", European Economic Review 73: 103-130, 2015

Hornung, Erik, "Railroads and Growth in Prussia", Journal of the European Economic Association 13 (4): 699-736, 2015

Bauernschuster, Stefan and Martin Schlotter, "Public Child Care and Mothers' Labor Supply: Evidence from two Quasi-experiments", Journal of Public Economics 123: 1-16, 2015

Angerer, Silvia, Daniela Glätzle-Rützler, Philipp Lergetporer, and Matthias Sutter, "Donations, Risk Attitudes and Time Preferences: A Study on Altruism in Primary School Children", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 115: 67-74, 2015

Glätzle-Rützler, Daniela and Philipp Lergetporer, "Lying and Age: An Experimental Study", Journal of Economic Psychology 46: 12-25, 2015  

Falck, Oliver, Robert Gold, and Stephan Heblich, “E-Lections: Voting Behavior and the Internet”, American Economic Review 104 (7): 2238-2265, 2014

Hornung, Erik, “Immigration and the Diffusion of Technology: The Huguenot Diaspora in Prussia”, American Economic Review 104 (1): 84-122, 2014

Lergetporer, Philipp, Silvia Angerer, Daniela Glätzle-Rützler, and Matthias Sutter, "Third-party Punishment Increases Cooperation in Children through (Misaligned) Expectations and Conditional Cooperation", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (19): 6916-6921, 2014

Bauernschuster, Stefan, Oliver Falck, and Ludger Woessmann, "Surfing Alone? The Internet and Social Capital: Evidence from an Unforeseeable Technological Mistake", Journal of Public Economics 117: 73-89, 2014

Piopiunik, Marc, “Intergenerational Transmission of Education and Mediating Channels: Evidence from a Compulsory Schooling Reform in Germany”, Scandinavian Journal of Economics 116 (3): 878-907, 2014

Bauernschuster, Stefan, Oliver Falck, Stephan Heblich, and Jens Südekum, “Why Are Educated and Risk-Loving Persons More Mobile Across Regions?” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 98: 56-96, 2014

Becker, Sascha O. and Ludger Woessmann, “Not the Opium of the People: Income and Secularization in a Panel of Prussian Counties”, American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings 103 (3): 539-544, 2013

Schwerdt, Guido and Martin R. West, “The Impact of Alternative Grade Configurations on Student Outcomes through Middle and High School”, Journal of Public Economics 97: 308-326, 2013

Hanushek, Eric A., Susanne Link, and Ludger Woessmann, “Does School Autonomy Make Sense Everywhere? Panel Estimates from PISA”, Journal of Development Economics 104: 212-232, 2013

Riener, Gerhard and Simon Wiederhold, “Heterogeneous Treatment Effects in Groups”, Economics Letters 120: 408-412, 2013

Piopiunik, Marc, "The Effects of Early Tracking on Student Performance: Evidence from a School Reform in Bavaria", Economics of Education Review (42): 12-33, 2014

Luedemann, Elke and Guido Schwerdt, “Migration Background and Educational Tracking: Is there a Double Disadvantage for Second-Generation Immigrants?” Journal of Population Economics 26 (2): 455-481, 2013

Piopiunik, Mark, Guido Schwerdt, and Ludger Woessmann, “Central School Exit Exams and Labor-Market Outcomes”, European Journal of Political Economy 31 (9): 92-108, 2013

Krieger, Tim and Jens Ruhose, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ Benefits: Revisiting Intergenerational Conflict in OECD Countries”, Public Choice 157 (1-2): 115-143, 2013

Falck, Oliver, Christina Guenther, Stephan Heblich and William R. Kerr, “From Russia with Love: The Impact of Relocated Firms on Incumbent Survival”, Journal of Economic Geography 13 (3): 419-449, 2013

Bauernschuster, Stefan, Oliver Falck and Niels Große, “When Trustors Compete for the Favour of a Trustee – A Laboratory Experiment”, Journal of Economic Psychology 34 (1): 133-147, 2013

Becker, Sascha O., Francesco Cinnirella, and Ludger Woessmann, “Does Women’s Education Affect Fertility? Evidence from Pre-Demographic Transition Prussia”, European Review of Economic History 17 (1): 24-44, 2013

Schwerdt, Guido, Dolores Messer, Ludger Woessmann, and Stefan C. Wolter, “The Impact of an Adult Education Voucher Program: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment”, Journal of Public Economics 96 (7-8): 569-583, 2012

Hanushek, Eric A. and Ludger Woessmann, “Do Better Schools Lead to More Growth? Cognitive Skills, Economic Outcomes, and Causation”, Journal of Economic Growth 17 (4): 267-321, 2012

Hanushek, Eric A. and Ludger Woessmann, “Schooling, Educational Achievement, and the Latin American Growth Puzzle”, Journal of Development Economics 99 (2): 497-512, 2012

Metzler, Johannes and Ludger Woessmann, “ The Impact of Teacher Subject Knowledge on Student Achievement: Evidence from Within-Teacher Within-Student Variation”, Journal of Development Economics 99 (2): 486-496, 2012

Falck, Oliver, Stephan Heblich, Alfred Lameli, and Jens Suedekum, “Dialects, Cultural Identity, and Economic Exchange”, Journal of Urban Economics 72 (2-3): 225-239, 2012

Claussen, Joerg, Oliver Falck, and Thorsten Grohsjean, “The Strength of Direct Ties: Evidence from the Electronic Game Industry”, International Journal of Industrial Organization 30 (2): 223-230, 2012

Bauernschuster, Stefan, Oliver Falck, Robert Gold, and Stephan Heblich, “The Shadows of the Socialist Past: Lack of Self-Reliance Hinders Entrepreneurship”, European Journal of Political Economy 28 (4): 485-497, 2012

Czernich, Nina, “Broadband Internet and Political Participation: Evidence for Germany”, Kyklos 65 (1): 30-51, 2012

Becker, Sascha O., Erik Hornung, and Ludger Woessmann, "Education and Catch-up in the Industrial Revolution", American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics 3 (3): 92-126, 2011

Czernich, Nina, Oliver Falck, Tobias Kretschmer, and Ludger Woessmann, "Broadband Infrastructure and Economic Growth", Economic Journal 121 (552): 505-532, 2011

Falck, Oliver, Michael Fritsch, and Stephan Heblich, "The Phantom of the Opera: Cultural Amenities, Human Capital, and Regional Economic Growth", Labour Economics 18 (6): 755-766, 2011

Hanushek, Eric A. and Ludger Woessmann, "How Much Do Educational Outcomes Matter in OECD Countries?", Economic Policy 67: 427-491, 2011

Lachenmaier, Stefan and Horst Rottmann, "Effects of Innovation on Employment: A Dynamic Panel Analysis", International Journal of Industrial Organization 29 (2): 210-220, 2011

Schwerdt, Guido, "Labor Turnover before Plant Closure: ‘Leaving the Sinking Ship’ vs. ‘Captain Throwing Ballast Overboard’", Labour Economics 18 (1): 93-101, 2011

Schwerdt, Guido and Amelie C. Wuppermann, "Is Traditional Teaching really all that Bad? A Within-Student Between-Subject Approach", Economics of Education Review 30 (2): 365-379, 2011

Woessmann, Ludger, "Cross-Country Evidence on Teacher Performance Pay", Economics of Education Review 30 (3): 404-418, 2011

Bauernschuster, Stefan, Oliver Falck, and Stephan Heblich, "Social Capital Access and Entrepreneurship", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 76: 821-833, 2010

Becker, Sascha O., Francesco Cinnirella, and Ludger Woessmann, "The Trade-off between Fertility and Education: Evidence from before the Demographic Transition", Journal of Economic Growth 15 (3): 177-204, 2010

Falck, Oliver, Stephan Heblich, and Stefan Kipar, "Industrial Innovation: Direct Evidence from a Cluster-Oriented Policy", Regional Science and Urban Economics 40 (6): 574-582, 2010

West, Martin R. and Ludger Woessmann, "‘Every Catholic Child in a Catholic School’: Historical Resistance to State Schooling, Contemporary School Competition and Student Achievement across Countries", Economic Journal 120 (546): F229-F255, 2010

Bauernschuster, Stefan, Oliver Falck, and Stephan Heblich, "Training and Innovation", Journal of Human Capital 3 (4): 323–353, 2009

Becker, Sascha O. and Ludger Woessmann, "Was Weber Wrong? A Human Capital Theory of Protestant Economic History", Quarterly Journal of Economics 124 (2): 531-596, 2009

Suelzle, Kai, "Duopolistic Competition between Independent and Collaborative Business-to-business Marketplaces", International Journal of Industrial Organization 27 (5): 615–624, 2009

Becker, Sascha O. and Ludger Woessmann, "Luther and the Girls: Religious Denomination and the Female Education Gap in 19th Century Prussia", Scandinavian Journal of Economics 110 (4): 777-805, 2008

Cinnirella, Francesco, "Optimists or Pessimists? A Reconsideration of Nutritional Status in Britain", European Review of Economic History 12 (3): 325-354, 2008

Hanushek, Eric A. and Ludger Woessmann, "The Role of Cognitive Skills in Economic Development", Journal of Economic Literature 46 (3): 607-668, 2008

Schütz, Gabriela, Heinrich W. Ursprung, and Ludger Woessmann, "Education Policy and Equality of Opportunity", Kyklos 61 (2): 279-308, 2008

Schwerdt, Guido and Jarkko Turunen, "Growth in Euro Area Labour Quality", Review of Income and Wealth 53 (4): 716-734, 2007

Hanushek, Eric A. and Ludger Woessmann, "Does Educational Tracking Affect Performance and Inequality? Differences-in-Differences Evidence across Countries", Economic Journal 116 (510): C63-C76, 2006

Lachenmaier, Stefan and Ludger Woessmann, "Does Innovation Cause Exports? Evidence from Exogenous Innovation Impulses and Obstacles Using German Micro Data", Oxford Economic Papers 58 (2): 317-350, 2006

Temple, Jon and Ludger Woessmann, "Dualism and Cross-Country Growth Regressions", Journal of Economic Growth 11 (3): 187-228, 2006

Woessmann, Ludger and Martin R. West, "Class-Size Effects in School Systems Around the World: Evidence from Between-Grade Variation in TIMSS", European Economic Review 50 (3): 695-736, 2006

Woessmann, Ludger, "Educational Production in Europe", Economic Policy 20 (43): 445-504, 2005

Woessmann, Ludger, "Schooling Resources, Educational Institutions, and Student Performance: The International Evidence", Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 65 (2): 117-170, 2003

Gundlach, Erich, Ludger Woessmann, and Jens Gmelin, "The Decline of Schooling Productivity in OECD Countries", Economic Journal 111 (471): C135-C147, 2001

Further Publications

Detailed list of the chair’s publications

Full list of Ludger Woessmann’s publications