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Prof. Dr. Markus Frölich

Prof. Dr. Markus Frölich is full professor of Econometrics (Chair of Econometrics) at the University of Mannheim in Germany, as well as a permanent guest professor at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He obtained his Ph.D. in economics in 2002 from the University of St. Gallen, after which he was granted a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship at the University College London. From 2008 to 2011, he was director of the research program “Employment and Development” at the World Bank and the Institute for the Study of Labor.

He is further affiliated with J-PAL, the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research (SEW, St. Gallen), the Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation (IFAU, Uppsala), the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW, Mannheim), the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn) and the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER, Essex).

His main research fields encompass impact evaluation methodology, policy evaluation, labor economics, micro-econometrics, nonparametric and quantitative research methods. He pioneered the development of quantile treatment effects and distributional effects in heterogeneity models. He developed a new framework for mediation analysis and causal pathways, for profiling and targeting of interventions, as well as new methods for dealing with non-response and survey attrition with big data sets. He conducted a large number of impact evaluations of labor market and educational policies.

His research has been widely published with more than 40 publications in leading statistics and econometrics journals, including new econometric methods for propensity score matching, difference-in-differences matching estimators, regression discontinuity estimators, panel data models, nonparametric smoothing and bandwidth choice. He currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, IZA World of Labor and the IZA Journal of Labor & Development.

Professor Frölich led impact evaluation projects for the World Bank, UNICEF, the United Nations World Food Programme (UN-WFP), for the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), KfW Development Bank, as well as numerous impact evaluations with national partners.