Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2012
    Division Chief "FDZ Ruhr"

  • 2009 – 2009
    UC Berkeley, Visiting Research Scholar, Centre for Labor Economics

  • Since 2005
    RWI, Researcher, Research Division "Labor Market, Education, Population"

  • 2005
    Student Assistant at TU Darmstadt, Chair of Empirical Economic Research and Microeconometrics, Prof. Horst Entorf

  • 2003
    Internship and Student Employment at DaimlerChrysler AG in Stuttgart-Möhringen

  • 2000 – 2003
    Student Assistant at TU Darmstadt, Chair of Economics, Prof. Ingo Barens and Prof. Volker Caspari


  • 2008
    Dr.rer.oec. (PhD Economics), Ruhr-University Bochum

  • 1998 – 2004
    Diploma in Business and Electrical Engineering (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen), Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

  • Full CV: see here

Selected publications

  • Breidenbach, P. und S. Schaffner (2020), Real estate data for Germany (RWI-GEO-RED). German Economic Review 21 (3): 401-416. DOI: 10.1515/ger-2019-0126.

  • Bachmann, R., P. Bechara und S. Schaffner (2016), Wage Inequality and Wage Mobility in Europe. Review of Income and Wealth 62 (1): 181-197. DOI: 10.1111/roiw.12152.

  • Berger, M. und S. Schaffner (2016), A note on how to realize the full potential of the EU-SILC Data. Journal of Economic and Social Measurement (4): 395-416. DOI: 10.3233/JEM-160434.

  • Ehlert, C., J. Kluve and S. Schaffner (2012), Temporary Work as an Active Labor Market Policy – Evaluating an Innovative Activation Program for Disadvantaged Youths. Economics Bulletin 32 (2): 1765-1773.

  • Schaffner, S. and H. Spengler (2010), Using Job Changes to Evaluate the Bias of Value of a Statistical Life Estimates. Resource and Energy Economics 32 (1): 15-27.

  • Bauer, T. K., J. Kluve, S. Schaffner and C. M. Schmidt (2009), Fiscal Effects of Minimum Wages: An Analysis for Germany. German Economic Review 10 (2): 224-242.

  • Kluve, J. and S. Schaffner (2008), The Value of Life in Europe – A Meta-analysis of estimates of the Value of a Statistical Life. Sozialer Fortschritt 57 (10/11): 279-287.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Untangled – Untangling the impacts of technological transformations, globalisation and demographic change to foster shared prosperity in Europe (

  • Segregation and Regional Mobility, Link

  • Social Effects of Environmental Policies, Link

  • Project: Neighbourhood effects: Analysis of individual rational behaviour in a social context (Link)

  • Project: Evaluation of existing statutory minimum wage regulations – Industry: Main construction trade (Link)

  • Studies on "flexicurity" Lot 1: Study on various aspects of labour market performance using micro data from the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC)


  • All projects: Link

Membership in scientific bodies/juries


  • European Association of Labour Economists

  • European Economic Association

  • Verein für Socialpolitik


  • Empirical Economics

  • German Economic Review

  • Health Economics

  • Journal of Socio-Economics

  • Labour Economics

  • LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations

Media coverage

  • Spiegel online, Zeit


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