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Mag. Dr. Helmut Mahringer

Function: Senior Economist, Chairperson of the works council
Research groups: Labour Economics, Income and Social Security
  • Helmut Mahringer is Senior Economist at WIFO and has been working Research Group "Labour Economics, Income and Social Security" since 1999. His research interests are in the labour market. His research focusses on the impact analysis of labour market and social policy, the forecasting of labour market developments and labour supply, the flexibilisation of labour markets and the development and combating of unemployment. He is also strongly involved in an initiative to improve empirical analyses based on administrative individual data and the application of microeconometric methods. Recent studies deal with causal effects of active labour market policy, with randomised controlled trials of counselling for the unemployed, with the design of the unemployment insurance system, with questions of work incentives and with labour market segmentation. He studied Economics at the Universities of Vienna and Linz (PhD 2005) and Social Work in Salzburg. Before joining WIFO, he worked as a social worker in social psychiatry and as a research fellow at Joanneum Research. He was a visiting researcher at W.E.Upjohn Institute for Employment Research (USA), at MOTU (New Zealand) and at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). He is a national expert in international projects and networks (e.g., EU Mutual Learning Programme, Skillsnet of CEDEFOP), lectures and publishes in international journals (e.g., Empirical Economics, Review of Economics of the Household, Journal of Labour Market Research).
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Research scope
  • Evaluation of labour market and social policy
  • Flexibility and segmentation of the labour market
  • Future of labour
  • Labour market and migration
  • Supply, demand and mismatch in the labour market
  • Unemployment and reintegration into the labour market
  • Individual-level micro data (Indi-DV)