Leading House Best Paper Award

The Award

The Award aims to honour the best published paper in a refereed journal on a topic related to the Leading House. One or two additional prizes are awarded as runner-up prizes. The reputation of the journal is considered as one of the main factors for awarding the prize.

Eligible for the award are all papers published in a journal in 2016 that are authored or co-authored by a person working in the Leading House or at one of the two chairs of the Leading House Directors. Additionally, papers of PhD-students officially admitted to the Leading House Course Programme for Doctoral Students in Economics of Education are also eligible. Eligible papers must have been published in the Leading House Working Paper Series until one year after employment at one of the Leading House chairs has ended, or for external PhD-students until one year after the Leading House Phase has ended during which PhD-students have been admitted to the Course Programme.

The jury awarding the Leading House Best Paper Awards consists of the members of the Advisory Board of the Leading House.

2016

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Dr. Samuel Mühlemann

We congratulate the winner of the Leading House Best Paper Award 2016, Samuel Mühlemann, for his paper (co-authored with Harald Pfeifer) "The Structure of Hiring Costs in Germany: Evidence from Firm-Level Data" published in Industrial Relations 2016.

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Dr. Simone Balestra

The runner-up prizes 2016 are awarded to Simone Balestra for his paper “When a Door Closes, a Window Opens? Long-Term Labor Market Effects of Involuntary Separations” (co-authored with Uschi Backes-Gellner), published in the German Economic Review 2016...

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Dr. Katherine Caves

... and Katherine Caves and Simone Balestra for their paper “The impact of high school exit exams on graduation rates and achievement”, published in The Journal of Educational Research 2016. Congratulations!

Best Paper Award Ceremony 2016

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Participants Advisory Board Meeting and Best Paper Award Winners

2015

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Dr. Samuel Mühlemann

We congratulate the winner of the Leading House Best Paper Award 2015, Samuel Mühlemann, for his paper (co-authored with Marc Blatter, Samuel Schenker and Stefan C. Wolter) "Hiring cost for skilled workers and the supply of firm-provided training" published in the Oxford Economic Papers 2015.

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Dr. Johannes Meuer

The runner-up prizes 2015 are awarded to Johannes Meuer and Christian Rupietta for their paper “Layers of co-existing innovation systems” (co-authored with Uschi Backes-Gellner), published in Research Policy 2015...

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Dr. Christian Rupietta
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Dr. Simon Janssen

... and Simon Janssen and Simone Tuor Sartore for their paper “Discriminatory social attitudes and varying gender pay gaps within firms” (co-authored with Uschi Backes-Gellner), published in the Industrial and Labor Relations Review 2015. Congratulations!

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Dr. Simone Tuor Sartore

Best Paper Award Ceremony 2015

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Participants Advisory Board Meeting and Best Paper Award Winners

2014

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Dr. Yvonne Oswald

We congratulate the winner of the Leading House Best Paper Award 2014, Yvonne Oswald, for her paper (co-authored with Uschi Backes-Gellner) "Learning for a bonus: How financial incentives interact with preferences" published in the Journal of Public Economics 2014.

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Johannes Kunz

The runner-up prizes 2014 are awarded to Johannes Kunz for his paper "Analyzing Educational Achievement Differences between Second-Generation Immigrants: Comparing Germany and German-Speaking Switzerland" published in the German Economic Review 2014...

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Dr. Samuel Mühlemann

...and Samuel Mühlemann for his paper (co-authored with Ben Kriechel, Harald Pfeifer and Miriam Schütte)"Works Councils, Collective Bargaining, and Apprenticeship Training – Evidence From German Firms" published in Industrial Relations 2014. Congratulations!

Best paper award ceremony 2014

Participants Advisory Board Meeting and Best Paper Award Winners

2013

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Dr. Samuel Mühlemann

We congratulate the winner of the Leading House Best Paper Award 2013, Samuel Mühlemann, for his paper (co-authored with Paul Ryan and Stefan Wolter) "Monopsony Power, Pay Structure, and Training" published in the Industrial and Labor Relations Review 2013.

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Dr. Simon Janssen

The runner-up prize 2013 is awarded to Simon Janssen for his paper (co-authored with Christian Pfeifer, Philip Yang and Uschi Backes-Gellner) "Effects of Training on Employee Suggestions and Promotions: Evidence from Personnel Records" published in Schmalenbach Business Review 2013. Congratulations!

Best paper award ceremony 2013 (Winners of 2012 and 2013)

Dr. Simon Janssen, Prof. Dr. Giorgio Brunello, Romy Brändli, Prof. Dr. Ludger Wössmann, Dr. Regula Geel, Prof. Dr. Eric Bettinger, Prof. Dr. Samuel Mühlemann, Prof. Dr. Paul Ryan.
Group Picture: Participants Advisory Board Meeting and Best Publication Award Winners

2012

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Dolores Messer

We congratulate the winner of the Leading House Best Paper Award 2012, Dolores Messer, for her paper (co-authored by Guido Schwerdt, Ludger Woessmann, and Stefan Wolter) "The Impact of an Adult Education Voucher Program: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment" published in the Journal of Public Economics 2012 (with addition mention of her paper (co-authored by Sascha Becker and Stefan Wolter) "A Gift is Not Always a Gift: Heterogeneity and Long-term Effects in a Gift Exchange Experiment" published in Economica 2012).

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Dr. Regula Geel

The runner-up prizes 2012 are awarded to Dr. Regula Geel for her paper (co-authored by Uschi Backes-Gellner) "Earning while Learning: When and How Student Employment is Beneficial" published in LABOUR 2012...

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Dr. Samuel Mühlemann

...and Dr. Samuel Muehlemann for his paper (co-authored by Romy Braendli and Stefan Wolter) "Invest in the best or compensate the weak? An empirical analysis of the heterogeneity of a firm's provision of human capital" published in Evidence-Based HRM 2012. Congratulations!

Romy Braendli

2011

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Dr. Samuel Mühlemann

We congratulate the winner of the Leading House Best Paper Award 2011, Dr. Samuel Mühlemann, for his paper (co-authored by Marc Blatter and Samuel Schenker) "The costs of hiring skilled workers" published online in European Economic Review 2011.

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Dr. Katja Görlitz

The runner-up prizes 2011 are awarded to Dr. Katja Görlitz for her paper "Continuous training and wages: An empirical analysis using a comparison-group approach" published in Economics of Education Review 2011...

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Dr. Samuel Mühlemann

...Dr. Samuel Mühlemann for his paper (co-authored by Stefan C. Wolter) "Firm sponsored training and poaching externalities in regional labor markets" published in Regional Science and Urban Economics 2011...

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Prof. Dr. Jürg Schweri

...and Prof. Dr. Jürg Schweri for his paper (co-authored by Joop Hartog and Stefan C. Wolter) "Do students expect compensation for wage risk?" published in Economics of Education Review 2011. Congratulations!

Best paper award ceremony 2011

Prof. Dr. Giorgio Brunello, Dr. Katja Görlitz, Prof. Dr. Jürg Schweri, Dr. Samuel Mühlemann, Prof. Dr. Ludger Wößmann and Prof. Dr. Paul Ryan
Prof. Dr. Uschi Backes-Gellner, Prof. Dr. Giorgio Brunello, Dr. Katja Görlitz, Prof. Dr. Jürg Schweri, Dr. Samuel Mühlemann, Prof. Dr. Paul Ryan, Prof. Dr. Ludger Wößmann and Prof. Dr. Stefan C. Wolter
Group picture Adivsory Board Meeting

2010

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Dr. Katja Görlitz

We congratulate the winner of the Leading House Best Paper Award 2010, Dr. Katja Görlitz, for her paper "The effect of subsidizing continuous training investments - Evidence from German establishment data" published in Labour Economics 2010.

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Dr. Simone N. Tuor Sartore

The runner-up prizes 2010 are awarded to Dr. Simone N. Tuor Sartore for her paper "Avoiding labor shortages by employer signaling" published in the Industrial and Labor Relations Review 2010...

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Dr. Samuel Mühlemann

...and Dr. Samuel Mühlemann, Harald Pfeifer, Dr. Günter Walden, and Felix Wenzelmann for their paper "The financing of apprenticeship training in the light of labor market regulations" published in Labour Economics 2010. Congratulations!

Harald Pfeifer
Dr. Günter Walden
Felix Wenzelmann

Best paper award ceremony 2010

Felix Wenzelmann, Harald Pfeifer, Dr. Katja Görlitz, Prof. Dr. Ludger Wößmann and Dr. Samuel Mühlemann
Prof. Dr. Stephen Machin, Prof. Dr. Paul Ryan, Felix Wenzelmann, Harald Pfeifer, Prof. Dr. Giorgio Brunello, Dr. Katja Görlitz, Prof. Dr. Ludger Wößmann and Dr. Samuel Mühlemann

2009

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Jens Mohrenweiser

We congratulate the winners of the Leading House Best Paper Award 2009, Jens Mohrenweiser and Prof. Dr. Thomas Zwick, for their paper "Why do firms train apprentices? The net cost puzzle reconsidered" published in Labour Economics 2009.

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Zwick
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Stefan Denzler

The runner-up prizes 2009 are awarded to Stefan Denzler for his paper "Sorting into teacher education: how the institutional setting matters" published in Cambridge Journal of Education 2009...

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Maria Cattaneo

...and Maria Cattaneo for her paper "Are the elderly a threat to educational expenditures?" published in European Journal of Political Economy 2009. Congratulations!

2008

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Zwick

The winners of the Leading House Best Paper Award 2008 are Prof. Dr. Thomas Zwick and Dr. Thomas Hempell for their paper
"New Technology, Work Organisation, and Innovation" published in Economics of Innovation and New Technology 2008.

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Dr. Stephan Veen

The runner-up prize 2008 is awarded to Dr. Stephan Veen for his paper "The consequences of central examinations on educational quality standards and labour market outcomes" published in Oxford Review of Education 2008. Congratulations!