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Prof. Dr. Christoph Wunder


Prof. Dr. Christoph Wunder

room 112
Große Steinstraße 73
06108 Halle

phone: +49 345 55-23380
fax: +49 345 55-27191

Consultation time: only on appointment

Research Areas

Empirical Microeconomics, Subjective Well-Being, Welfare and Poverty, Immigrants, Family Economics, Labor Economics, Pension Schemes, Education Economics

Biographical Sketch

Christoph Wunder studied economics at the University of Bamberg, where he received a diploma in economics (Diplom Volkswirt) in 2003 and a doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) in 2009. From 2003 to 2009, he worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Department of Economics at the University of Bamberg (Chair of Prof. Dr. Johannes Schwarze). He joined the chair of Prof. Regina T. Riphahn, Ph.D. at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in April 2009. He was awarded prizes by the Universitätsbund Bamberg (2009) and the Society of Friends of DIW Berlin (2007 and 2008). He received the Joachim R. Frick Memorial Prize in 2014. His work was published in international journals, such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, European Journal of Political Economy, and European Sociological Review. Christoph Wunder is research fellow at the Labor and Socio-Economic Research Center (LASER), Nuremberg. Since 2013, Christoph Wunder is elected member of the Ausschuss für Sozialpolitik of the German Economic Association (Verein für Socialpolitik). In 2014, he earned his habilitation in economics and econometrics. Since April 2015 Christoph Wunder holds the chair for Econometrics at the University of Halle-Wittenberg.


Refereed Publications

  1. The early costs of plant closures: Evidence on lead effects on workers’ subjective and objective outcomes    together with Zeydanli, T. (2021), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 188: 489-505.
  2. Do working hours affect health? Evidence from statutory workweek regulations in Germany    together with Cygan-Rehm, K. (2018), Labour Economics 53: 162-171.
  3. The dynamics of solo self-employment: persistence and transition to employership    together with Lechman, D. (2017), Labour Economics 49: 95-105.
  4. Are we architects of our own  happiness? The importance of family background for well-being    together with Schnitzlein, D. D. (2016), The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy 16(1): 125-149.
  5. The effects of smoking bans on self-assessed health: evidence from Germany    together with Kuehnle, D. (2016), Health Economics 26(3): 321-337.
  6. Using the Life Satisfaction Approach to Value Daylight Savings Time Transitions: Evidence from Britain and Germany    together with Kuehnle, D. (2015), Journal of Happiness Studies 17(6): 2293-2323.
  7. State dependence in welfare  receipt: transitions before and after a reform    together with Riphahn, R. T. (2015), Empirical Economics 50(4): 1303-1329.
  8. The dynamics of welfare entry and exit among natives and immigrants    together with Riphahn, R. T. (2014), Oxford Economic Papers 66(2): 580-604.
  9. Is Posner right? An empirical test of the Posner argument for transferring health spending from old women to old men    together with Schwarze, J. (2014), Journal of Happiness Studies. 15(6): 1239-1257.
  10. Working time preferences, hours mismatch and well-being of couples: Are there spillovers?    together with Heineck, G. (2013), Labour Economics 24: 244-252.
  11. Patterns of Welfare Dependence Before and After a Reform: Evidence from First Generation Immigrants and Natives in Germany    together with Riphahn, R. T. (2013), Review of Income and Wealth 59(3): 437-459.
  12. Well-being over the lifespan: Semiparametric evidence from British and German longitudinal data    together with Wiencierz, A., Schwarze, J. and Küchenhoff, H. (2013), Review of Economics and Statistics 95(1): 154-167.
  13. The Welfare Use of Immigrants and Natives in Germany: The Case of Turkish Immigrants    together with Riphahn, R. T., Sander, M. (2013). International Journal of Manpower 34(1): 70-82.
  14. Does subjective well-being dynamically adjust to circumstances?    (2012), Economics Letters 117(3): 750-752.
  15. Income inequality and job satisfaction of full-time employees in Germany    together with Schwarze, J. (2009), Journal of Income Distribution 18(2): 70-91.
  16. Adaptation to income over time: A weak point of subjective well-being    (2009), Schmollers Jahrbuch (Journal of Applied Social Science) 129(2): 269-281.
  17. Welfare effects of the euro cash changeover    together with Schwarze, J., Krug, G. and Herzog, B. (2008), European Journal of Political Economy 24(3): 571-586.
  18. Patterns of regional inequality in the enlarged Europe    together with Heidenreich, M. (2008), European Sociological Review 24(1): 19-36.
  19. Intrafamilial upstream transfers and household production    (2007), Schmollers Jahrbuch (Journal of Applied Social Science) 127(1): 33-45.
  20. Arbeitslosigkeit und Alterssicherung - der Einfluss früherer Arbeitslosigkeit auf die Höhe der gesetzlichen Altersrente    (2005), Zeitschrift für Arbeitsmarktforschung (Journal for Labour Market Research) 38(4): 493-509.
  21. Zufriedenheit mit der Altersvorsorge und Präferenzen für alternative Sicherungsmodelle    together with Schwarze, J. (2005), Zeitschrift für Sozialreform 51(1): 7-39.

Other Publications

  1. Zufriedenheit und relatives Einkommen: Eine empirische Analyse von inter- und intrapersonellen Einkommensvergleichen aus ökonomischer Perspektive    (2009), doctoral thesis, University of Bamberg, Bamberg.
  2. Ist der Euro ein Teuro? Eine vergleichendeAnalyse der Zufriedenheit mit dem Haushaltseinkommen in Deutschland und Großbritannien    together with Schwarze, J., Krug, G. and Herzog, B. (2009), uni.vers 15: 20-23.
  3. The intergenerational linkage between children and    their parents - empirical evidence of upstream transfers in Germany    (2006) in D. Meyer, S. Haderi, S. Kresco, F. Nardini and H.-D. Wenzel (eds), Challenges to Change - Middle and Eastern European Countries in Transition, BERG, Bamberg, 3-29.
  4. Alterssicherung: Trotz gesunkener Zufriedenheit Skepsis      gegenüber privater Vorsorge    together with Schwarze, J., Wagner, G. G. (2004), DIW-Wochenbericht (71): 315-322.

Current Discussion Papers

  1. Do working hours affect health? Evidence from statutory workweek regulations in Germany    together with Cygan-Rehm, K. (2018), SOEPpapers 967.
  2. The dynamics of solo self-employment: persistence and transition to employership    together with Lechmann, D. S. J. (2017), SOEPpapers 932.
  3. Working hours mismatch and well-being: com- parative evidence from Australian and German panel data    together with Kugler, F., Wiencierz, A. (2014), LASER Discussion Paper 82.

Refereeing Journals

Schmollers Jahrbuch (Journal of Applied Social Sciences), Journal of Population Economics, Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Bildungswissenschaften, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Wirtschafts- und Sozialstatistisches Archiv (WiSoStA), Zeitschrift für ArbeitsmarktForschung - Journal for Labour Market Research, International Migration Review, International Journal of Manpower, Research in Labor Economics, Bulletin of Economic Research, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Happiness Studies, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Research in Labor Economics, International Journal of Social Welfare, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Labour Economics