Andrey Launov

Junior Professor of Econometrics
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
Jakob Welder Weg 4, D-55128 Mainz

Office:  01-146, ReWi II
Phone:  +49 (0) 6131 39 23233
E-mail:  andrey.launov(at)


My CV is here. I am a research fellow at IZA and research affiliate at CESifo. I also coordinate activities of Mainz Labour Research Group (LaRGe) and I'm a member of editorial board at the Review of Income and Wealth.

Research Interests

Econometrics, Applied Microeconometrics, Labour Economics, Development Economics


º  Estimating incentive and welfare effects of non-stationary unemployment benefits, (with Klaus Wälde), International Economic Review, 2013, 54(4), p.1159-1198, [pdf], [code and data: zip]
    ¤  Press coverage: Die Hartz-IV-Legende, Frankfurter Rundschau, Jan 4-5, 2014, p.17, [pdf]
º  Informal employment in developing countries: Opportunity or last resort?, (with Isabel Günther), Journal of Development Economics, 2012, 97(1), p.88-98, [pdf]
º  Search equilibrium and social and private returns to education, (with Christian Holzner), European Economic Review, 2010, 54(1), p.39-59, [pdf]
º  Publish or perish? The increasing importance of publications for prospective economics professors in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, (with Michael Graber and Klaus Wälde), German Economic Review, 2008, 9(4), p.457-472, [link]
º  Analysis of the determinants of fertility decline in the Czech Republic, (with Stephan Klasen), Journal of Population Economics, 2006, 19(1), p.25-54, [pdf]

Other Publications

º  Folgen der Hartz-Reformen für die Beschäftigung, (with Klaus Wälde), Wirtschaftsdienst, 2014, 94(2), p.112-117, [pdf]

Papers under Submission

º  Monitoring, sanctions and front-loading of job search in a non-stationary model, (with Bart Cockx, Muriel Dejemeppe and Bruno Van der Linden), [pdf]
    ¤  Internet Appendix [pdf]
º  Thumbscrews for agencies or for individuals? How to reduce unemployment, (with Klaus Wälde), [pdf]; also available at: IZA
    ¤  Data, code and instructions [zip]
º  On the estimation of the volatility-growth link, (with Olaf Posch and Klaus Wälde), [pdf] (also available at IRES [DP 2012-09])

Work in Progress

º  Working time accounts and unemployment: The role of intertemporal profit shifting
º  European unemployment during the Great Recession: A structural model of unemployment dynamics, individual supply of working hours and participation
º  Structural estimation of nonstationary job search models
º  Surprising diversity of informal employment opportunities in Latin America, (with Isabel Günther and Stephan Klasen)



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