I am interested in applied microeconomics, economics of education, and labor economics with a focus on future of work research.
Skills-Based Hiring is on the Rise (with Joseph Fuller and Matt Sigelman), Harvard Business Review (online). Download
Two decades ago, companies began adding degree requirements to job descriptions, even though the jobs themselves hadn’t changed. After the Great Recession, many organizations began trying to back away from those requirements. To learn how the effort is going, we study more than 50 million recent job announcements. The bottom line: Many companies are moving away from degree requirements and toward skills-based hiring, especially in middle-skill jobs, which is good for both workers and employers. But more work remains to be done.
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The Value of Early-Career Skills (with Simon Wiederhold), Working Paper
Working from Home and Skill Demand: Evidence from Germany (with Jean-Victor Alipour and Layla O'Kane)
The Covid-19 pandemic led to a surge in working from home (WFH). We study the development and consequences of remote work in Germany before and during the Covid-19 recession using over 67 million online job vacancy postings from Lightcast. We classify a posting as having a WFH option if specific WFH-related terms occur in the raw text job description. From 2019 to 2022, we document a five-fold increase in WFH and convergence across regions, industries, and occupations. We show that skill requirements in job vacancy postings change when employers add a WFH option, demanding more social, management, basic digital, and applied digital skills.
Alipour J.V., Langer. C, and O'Kane L. (2022). Zur Zukunft des Homeoffice. In B. Wawrzyniak & M. Herter (ed.), Neue Dimensionen in Data Science (p. 227-242). Wichmann Fachmedien Berlin - Offenbach.