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

09/2009-06/2013: Assistant 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

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

10/2003-11/2007: Research Assistant, Institute of Labour Economics (Prof. K. Gerlach, Prof. P. Puhani) and Institute of Economic Policy (Prof. L. Hübl, Prof. W. Meyer), Leibniz University Hannover 

2003: “Diplom-Ökonom” (equivalent to Master in Economics and Management), Leibniz University Hannover


Short CV and publication list (pdf) 


Selected publications

Pfeifer, C., Stephan, G. (2019): Why women do not ask: Gender differences in fairness perceptions of own wages and subsequent wage growth. Cambridge Journal of Economics 43(2): 295-310. (

Pfeifer, C. (2016): Intra-firm Wage Compression and Cost Coverage of Training: Evidence from Linked Employer-Employee Data. Industrial and Labor Relations Review 69(2): 435-454. (DOI: 10.1177/0019793915610307).

Pfeifer, C. (2014): Base Salaries, Bonus Payments, and Absenteeism among Managers in a German Company. Scottish Journal of Political Economy 61(5): 523-536.

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. (2008): An empirical note on wages in an internal labour market. Economics Letters 99(3): 570-573.