Prof. Dr. Christian Pfeifer

Professor für Volkswirtschaftslehre, Angewandte Mikroökonomik

Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre

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Prof. Dr. Christian Pfeifer
Scharnhorststr. 1, C4.220b
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-2301
Fax +49.4131.677-2026

Christian Pfeifer ist Professor (W2) für Volkswirtschaftslehre mit dem Forschungsschwerpunkt Angewandte Mikroökonomik.

Positions and work experience

06/2013- present          Professor (W2), Institute of Economics, Department of Applied Microeconomics, Leuphana University Lüneburg

09/2009-06/2013         Professor (W1), Institute of Economics, Department of Labour and Personnel Economics, Leuphana University Lüneburg (positive evaluation in 2012)

12/2007-08/2009         Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Labour Economics, Leibniz University Hannover (Prof. P. Puhani)

09/2008-12/2008         Post-Doc, Department of Economics, University of California Berkeley, USA

06/2004-11/2007         Research Assistant, Institute of Labour Economics, Leibniz University Hannover (Prof. K. Gerlach, Prof. P. Puhani)

10/2003-12/2005         Research Assistant, Institute of Economic Policy, Leibniz University Hannover (Prof. L. Hübl, Prof. W. Meyer)

02/2003-03/2003         Internship Sartorius AG (HRM Department), Göttingen

08/2001-12/2002         Student Assistant, Institute of Human Resource Management, Leibniz University Hannover (Prof. H.-G. Ridder)

10/1996-10/1997         Civil Service

1995-1999                  Youth Basketball Coach (Turn-Klubb zu Hannover)



11/2007                     Ph.D. in Economics (Dr. rer. pol.), Leibniz University Hannover

02/2004-11/2007         Ph.D. Student in Economics and Management, Leibniz University Hannover; Thesis: Contributions in Empirical Labour Economics; Supervisors: Prof. P. Puhani, Prof. K. Gerlach

10/2006-06/2007         Programme for doctoral students in Economics of Education, University of Zurich, Switzerland

04/2007                     10th IZA Summer School

10/1997-09/2003         Student in Economics and Management, Leibniz University Hannover, and Maastricht University, Netherlands; Final degree “Diplom-Ökonom” (equivalent to Master in Economics and Management)

1996                          German High School Diploma (“Abitur”), Leibnizschule Hannover

01/1994-06/1994         Littleton High School, Colorado, USA


Research fields

Applied Microeconomics, Applied Econometrics, Labour and Personnel Economics, Health Economics.

Selected publications

  • Pfeifer, C. (forthcoming): Base Salaries, Bonus Payments, and Absenteeism among Managers in a German Company. Scottish Journal of Political Economy.
  • Pfeifer, C. (2013): Cyclical absenteeism among private sector, public sector and self-employed workers. Health Economics 22(3): 366-370.
  • Pfeifer, C., Schneck, S. (2012): Relative Wage Positions and Quit Behavior: Evidence from Linked Employer-Employee Data. Industrial and Labor Relations Review 65(1): 126-147.
  • Pfeifer, C. (2011): Risk Aversion and Sorting into Public Sector Employment. German Economic Review 12(1): 85-99.
  • Pfeifer, C., Cornelißen, T. (2010): The Impact of Participation in Sports on Educational Attainment – New Evidence from Germany. Economics of Education Review 29(1): 94-103.
  • Pfeifer, C. (2009): Fixed-term contracts and employment adjustment – An empirical test of the core-periphery hypothesis using German establishment data. Economic Record 85(268): 92-107.
  • Pfeifer, C. (2008): An empirical note on wages in an internal labour market. Economics Letters 99(3): 570-573.

Referee and other research related activities

Journals: Journal of Health Economics; Journal of Human Resources; Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization; Labour Economics; Health Economics; Journal of Population Economics; British Journal of Industrial Relations; Journal of Labor Research; LABOUR; Education Economics; Journal of Business Ethics; Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy; Economic and Industrial Democracy; German Economic Review; Schmollers Jahrbuch; Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik; Journal for Labour Market Research (Zeitschrift für Arbeitsmarktforschung); Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft; Human Relations; WSI-Mitteilungen; Industrielle Beziehungen; Zeitschrift für Personalforschung.
Conferences: Spring Meeting of Young Economists 2008 (referee).
Advisory boards: Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (research project).
Editorial positions: Co-Editor Journal for Labour Market Research (Zeitschrift für Arbeitsmarktforschung) (since 04/2013).



IZA Research Fellow; European Economic Association; European Association of Labour Economists; Econometric Society; Verein für Socialpolitik; Scottish Economic Society; Association of Economic Researchers at Leibniz University Hannover.


Awards and scholarships

2012                            Leuphana Award "Best young researcher of the year 2011" (3rd place)

2011                            Rank 66 in Handelsblatt VWL Ranking for researchers under 40

2011                            SOEP Prize "Best junior publication 2011" (joint with T. Cornelissen)

2011                            Leuphana Award "Best young researcher of the year 2010" (3rd place)

2010                            Rank 90 in Handelsblatt VWL Ranking for researchers under 40

09/2008-12/2008           DAAD scholarship for Post-Docs

10/2004                        Viktor-Rizkallah-Foundation-Award for excellent diploma thesis

11/2003                        Wilhelm-Launhardt-Award for excellent student achievement, Faculty of Economics and Management, Leibniz University Hannover

09/2002-01/2003           ERASMUS/SOKRATES scholarship of the European Union