Economic Guest Researchers 



The IAAEU (Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union) at Trier University offers graduate students nearing the completion of their PhD and postdocs the opportunity to research for one to two months in residence at the IAAEU. Residing Scholars are invited to pursue their own research initiatives and develop new ideas.und 15 mostly legal and economic scientists, is the leading interdisciplinary organ in Germany for performing research on (labour) law and (personnel) economic questions in one house. We are looking for young researchers that are interested in investigating questions concerning labour markets, personnel economics or the economic analysis of (labour) law during their stay in Trier. We offer a creative and dynamic field of research, an excellent infrastructure and the perfect environment to make decisive progress on a research project. We want to you to present your research plan and paper in our colloquium, where you will engage with our scientists to develop and bring new ideas together. Electronic applications with a CV, a 1-2 page description of your research plans and contact information for 1-2 references are required. Prof. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is pleased to respond to any requests for further information.







From the 12th to the 15th of November, 2018, Dr. Benjamin Schwanebeck was guest researcher at the IAAEU. He is post-doc researcher at the Chair of Economics, specifically International Economics, at the Fernuniversität Hagen. Together with Dr. Marco de Pinto, Dr. Schwanebeck worked on the development of a new research project. In this project, the macroeconomic consequences of labour market imperfections are analysed with explicit consideration of different financial restrictions in interaction with heterogeneous companies.



Research Interests


  • Monetary policy and macroprudential policy in particular in monetary unions


  • International Trade


  • Labour economics










Ulrich Zierahn was active as a guest researcher at the IAAEU from the 23rd to the 25th of July, 2018, and from the 16th to the 18th of October, 2017. He is a Senior Researcher at the ZEW. During his stay, Mr. Zierahn worked together with Dr. Marco de Pinto on the joint project "Local labour markets - The causes and consequences of spatial differences in labour market outcomes across cities in France and Germany". Here, the researchers are investigating the reallocation of the workforce due to increasing international interdependencies.



Research Interests


  • Consequences of technological change, international trade and offshoring


  • Dynamics of individual purchase progressions


  • Income and employment outcomes in regional labour markets













Max Friese is currently a research associate at the Chair of Finance at the University of Rostock. From 29 January to 9 February 2018 he was a guest researcher at the IAAEU and gave a lecture in the Brownbag seminar on "The interplay between trade unions and the social security system in an aging economy".



Curriculum Vitae


  • since 10/2014
    PhD student and research assistant at the Chair of Finance, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Rostock.


  • 10/2011 - 07/2014
    Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (M. Sc. in International Economics and Finance).


  • 09/2010 - 01/2011
    National Technical University "KhPI" Kharkiv, Ukraine (foreign semester).


  • 10/2008 - 09/2011
    Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg (B. Sc. in Business Administration).



Research Interests


  • Fiscal federalism


  • Centralisation of social security systems


  • Imperfect labour markets


  • Migration and location decisions of economic entities with regard to (a)symmetrical information









Dr. Luca Fumarco is currently employed at STATEC Research in Luxembourg. There he conducts research on topics such as education economics and satisfaction economics. He is also a regular guest researcher at the IAAEU.



Curriculum Vitae


  • since 2017     
    Researcher at STATEC Research, within the National Institute of Statistical and Economic Studies (STATEC). 


  • 2015-2017   
    Postdoc at STATEC Research, within STATEC.



  • 2006-2009   
    Doppelter M.Sc. in Economics and Public Management, University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy sowie an der University Rennes 1, France. 


  • 2003-2006    
    B.Sc. in Economics and Finance, University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy.



Research Interests


  • Labour economics


  • Field experiments


  • Education economics


  • Sports economics


  • Policy evaluation



Current Research Projects


  • Fumarco, L.,Baert, S
    "Relative Age Effect on European Adolescents’ Social Network"


  • Fumarco, L., Baert, S. 
    "Within-class Maturity Differences on Adolescents’ Life-satisfaction"


  • Carlsson, M., Fumarco, L. 
    "Erasmus students and within-grade maturity differences" 


  • Fumarco, L., Gibbs, B. 
    "Shirking behavior in NHL"


  • Fumarco, L. 
    "Within-class Maturity Differences on Adolescents’ Schoolwork Pressure"


  • Fumarco, L. 
    "Within-age-group Maturity Differences Effects on Adolescents’ Risky Behavior"















In June 2014, the economic working group of the Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU) welcomed Dr. Philipp Denter as a guest researcher. Philipp Denter from the University of Sankt Gallen (Switzerland) will be in Trier for one month to work on current research projects and exchange views with the scientists of the IAAEU before he will take up an assistant professorship at the University of Carlos III in Madrid. Philipp Denter is a postdoc at the School of Economics and Political Science at the University of St. Gallen. He studied economics at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz before completing his doctorate in St. Gallen with Prof. Dr. Martin Kolmar in 2012. Stays abroad have taken him to the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the TU Berlin and the University of California in Irvine. In terms of content, Mr. Denter works in the field of microeconomics. His research interests focus on candidate behaviour in political elections, transparency regulations for lobbyists, violent conflicts and dynamic tournament models. At the IAAEU, Philipp Denter will work on a joint research project with Mario Mechtel and will seek exchange with local researchers, particularly in the field of human resources. In addition, he will present a current paper at the Brownbag seminar on 26 June.



Curriculum Vitae


  • 2012 - 2014
    Universität St.Gallen · School of Economics and Political Science, St. Gallen, Switzerland


  • 2011 - 2011
    Technische Universität Berlin · Institute of Economics and Business Law, Berlin, Germany


  • 2011 - 2011
    Visiting Researcher, University of California, Irvine, USA


  • 2007 - 2012
    Ph.D. Student Universität St.Gallen · School of Economics and Political Science, St. Gallen, Switzerland



Research Interests


  • Public Elections


  • Microeconomics


  • Political Participation


  • Lobbying





In June and July 2013, the Economic Department of the Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU) welcomed Dr. Matthias Krapf from the University of Vienna as a guest researcher. Matthias Krapf is a postdoc at the Chair of International Human Resources Management (Prof. Dr. Oliver Fabel) in Vienna. He studied economics at the University of Konstanz, where he received his doctorate in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Heinrich Ursprung. He spent time abroad in Montreal at the Université du Québec à Montréal and McGill University, the University of Texas at Austin and the Université de Strasbourg. In terms of content, Mr. Krapf is primarily concerned with the economics of education and science, researching, among other things, the determinants of the productivity of scientists as well as selection processes of scientific journals. In addition, as a member of the group that develops the Handelsblatt's regularly published research ranking, he is an expert in the evaluation of scientific publications. At the IAAEU Matthias Krapf will present his work at the Brownbag-Seminar and will seek an exchange with local researchers, especially in the field of human resources management.



Curriculum Vitae


  • since 2017
    Research Associate, University of Basel, Switzerland.


  • 2012
    Dr. rer. pol. (Ph.D. Economics), University of Konstanz.


  • 2007
    Diplom-Volkswirt, University of Konstanz.



Research Interests


  • Labor economics


  • Personnel economics















Prof. Dr. Laszlo Goerke

0651/201 - 4740

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.