In our research, we use of a broad spectrum of empirical methods to shed new light on a number of fundamental questions related to individuals’ job search behavior, their earnings and employment prospects, and overall labor market performance.

We make use of register data, laboratory and internet experiments, household surveys, as well as large-scale randomized controlled trials.

We share all published results - from working papers to journal articles.


Subjective Expectations and the Effectiveness of Labor Market Policies. Robert Mahlstedt. Working Paper.


Defaults and Donations: Evidence from a Field Experiment. Steffen Altmann, Armin Falk, Paul Heidhues, Rajshri Jayaraman, and Marrit Teirlinck. Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming.

Learning about Job Search: A Field Experiment with Job Seekers in Germany. Steffen Altmann, Armin Falk, Simon Jäger, Florian Zimmermann. Journal of Public Economics, 2018, 164, 33-49.


Deadlines and Cognitive Limitations. Steffen Altmann, Christian Traxler, Philipp Weinschenk. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11129.

Mobility Assistance Programmes for Unemployed Workers, Job Search Behaviour and Labour Market Outcomes. Marco Caliendo, Steffen Künn, Robert Mahlstedt. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11169.

The Return to Labor Market Mobility: An Evaluation of Relocation Assistance for the Unemployed. Marco Caliendo, Steffen Künn, Robert Mahlstedt. Journal of Public Economics, 148, 136-151.

The gender wage gap and the role of reservation wages: New evidence for unemployed workers.  Marco Caliendo, Wang-Sheng Lee, Robert Mahlstedt. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization136, 161-173.


Nudges at the Dentist. Steffen Altmann, Christian Traxler. European Economic Review, 2014, 72, 19-38.

Contractual Incompleteness, Unemployment, and Labor Market Segmentation. Steffen Altmann, Armin Falk, Andreas Grunewald, David Huffman. Review of Economic Studies, 2014, 81 (1), 30-56.