Associated Researchers

Associated researchers work in close collaboration with the Leading House (e.g., in joint research projects).

List of selected associated researchers:


Simone Balestra

Simone Balestra is a post-doc researcher at the University of St. Gallen. He works on topics in education economics and labor economics, with a special focus on schooling and the returns to education. His collaboration with the Leading House includes joint projects (together with junior researchers) and workshops, in which he offers his expertise for ongoing projects.



Simon Janssen

Simon Janssen is a senior researcher at the IAB (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung) in Nuremberg. His projects include empirical work on employee training and the depreciation of skills. He works on joint projects together with junior researchers of the Leading House, currently on the effects of trade on workers with specific/general human capital.



Prof. Samuel Mühlemann

Samuel Mühlemann is the professor of the chair of „Human Resource Education and Development" at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich. His research focuses on the roles of work councils and on cost-benefit analyses for apprenticeships, from the different country-perspectives. As a former graduate of the Leading House Economics of Education program, he now teaches in the program as a lecturer, passing on knowledge to junior researchers, and still works in close collaboration with Team Bern.



Prof. Harald Pfeifer

Harald Pfeifer holds the chair of „Economics of Vocational Education and Training“ at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) at the University of Maastricht and also works as a senior researcher at the Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB). His works include studies on the hiring costs of firms and on the financing of apprenticeship training.