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We propose a simple way to improve the efficiency of the average treatment effect on propensity score based estimators. As the weights become arbitrarily large for the propensity scores being close to one or zero, we propose to shrink the propensity scores away from these boundaries. Using a comprehensive Monte Carlo study we show that this simple method(More)
In line with earlier literature, I document a U-shaped relationship between age and wage dispersion in the U.S.. To explain this outcome, I consider a life-cycle model of labor market search with strategic wage bargaining, heterogeneous firm-worker matches, and endogenous search effort. Three factors shape the age-inequality profile of wages in the model(More)
In this study, I provide evidence that the educational achievement of second-generation immigrants in German-speaking Switzerland is greater than in Germany. The impact of the first-generation immigrants’ destination decision on their offspring’s educational achievement seems to be much more important than has been recognized by the existing literature. I(More)
Acknowledgement This doctoral dissertation has been written at the Department of Economics at the University of Konstanz. I am indebted to my supervisor Prof. Dr. Winfried Pohlmeier for his continuous support of my work and his professional advice and guidance. I wish to express my thanks to Prof. Dr. Axel Kind who agreed to serve as the second supervisor(More)
Acknowledgement I am deeply indebted to my advisor Friedrich Breyer. He has been a true mentor for me since the second year of my undergraduate studies and supported and advised me throughout all the years. He has crucially influenced my way of thinking about economic questions. I also owe special thanks to my second advisor Leo Kaas. He has generously(More)
When the Soviet Union collapsed a transition process started in Eastern Europe. This included a number of reforms to adapt the educational system to the new requirements of the job market. To assess the educational systems in Eastern Europe, this paper takes a look at the gap in PISA test scores between F inland, the best performing country, and seven(More)