Stefan Speckesser

MA, PhD

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Chief Economist

stefan.speckesser@employment-studies.co.uk

+44(0)1273 763 412

Dr Stefan Speckesser has been working in economics and quantitative social sciences since 1994 with a long track record in applied econometrics and empirical economics, in particular combining large-scale administrative data and microeconometric methods. He is a specialist in evaluation methodology and the impact of public policy and makes use of a wide range of experimental and non-experimental micro-econometric methods. He also published a number of research studies estimating social returns to investment and other cost-benefit measures of public policy interventions.

Stefan is an inter-disciplinary social scientist by training (M.A. in Political Science from Berlin and Doctor in Economics from Mannheim) and worked in excellent departments of economics and social sciences, including the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), the University of Mannheim and the Policy Studies Institute in London. 

At IES, Stefan delivers applied research for a variety of clients supported by a group of specialist economists who all have extensive experiences in state-of-the-art applied microeconomics, with a focus on micro and macroeconomic impact assessment and the use of large administrative record data for research projects. He is also leading one of the nodes of the Centre of Vocational Education Research (CVER) funded by the Department of Education (DfE).

Stefan’s current and recent projects in these research areas[i] are:

Returns to vocational education

Empirical analysis of policy impacts

Cross-national analysis




[i] Economic impact analysis and cost-benefit analysis represented in all research areas.

Education

2004

University of Mannheim

Dr. rer. pol. (PhD, Economics) 

1996

Free University Berlin

Diplom-Politologe (MA, Political Science) 

Career

2006‑2010

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Economics, University of Westminster, London

2005‑2006

Senior Research Fellow, Policy Studies Institute, London

2004‑2005

Research Fellow, Policy Studies Institute, London 

1999‑2004

Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Mannheim

1999

Lecturer, Department of Economics, Dresden University of Technology 

1998‑1999

Associate, Tower Perrin, Frankfurt

1996‑1998

Research Fellow, Social Science Research Center, Berlin

1994‑1996

Student Research Assistant, Social Science Research Center, Berlin 

Research publications

Articles and chapters

  • The absorption of Structural and Investment Funds and youth unemployment: An empirical test, Tosun J, Speckesser S, Jensen C and O’Reilly J, EU Cohesion Policy: Reassessing performance and direction, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, 2017
  • The effect of employment while in high school on educational attainment: a conditional difference-in-differences approach, Buscha, F, Maurel, A, Page, L, Speckesser, S, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 74 (3), pp. 380-396, June 2012
  • Evaluating the Dynamic Employment Effects of Training Programs in East Germany Using Conditional Difference-in-Differences, Bergemann A, Fitzenberger B, Speckesser S, Journal of Applied Econometrics, 24, 797–823, 2009
  • Employment Effects of the Provision of Specific Professional Skills and Techniques in Germany, Fitzenberger B, Speckesser S, Empirical Economics, 32, 530-573, 2007
  • Mikroökonometrische Evaluation der Veränderungen in der Sperrzeitenpolitik, Berlin (Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales), Müller K, Speckesser S, WZB/infas (ed.), Evaluation der Maßnahmen zur Umsetzung der Vorschläge der Hartz-Kommission, 2006
  • Eine ökonomische Einordnung der Förderung der beruflichen Weiterbildung im Rahmen der Aktiven Arbeitsmarktpolitik’, in, , Fitzenberger B, Speckesser S, Fitzenberger B, Smolny W, Winker P (eds), Herausforderungen an den Wirtschaftsstandort Deutschland, Wirtschaftspolitisches Memorandum aus wissenschaftlicher Sicht, ZEW Wirtschaftsanalysen (72), Baden-Baden (Nomos), 2004
  • The Aggregate Impact of Active Labour Market Policy in Germany and the UK, Evidence from Administrative Data, Speckesser S, Schmid G, Gangl M, Kupka P (eds), Arbeitsmarktpolitik und Strukturwandel, Empirische Analysen, Nuremberg (Beiträge zur Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung), 2004
  • Zur wissenschaftlichen Evaluation der Aktiven Arbeitsmarktpolitik in Deutschland: Ein Überblick, Fitzenberger B, Speckesser S, Mitteilungen aus der Arbeitsmarkt – und Berufsforschung, 33 (3), 357–371, 2002
  • Weiterbildungsmaßnahmen in Ostdeutschland: Ein Misserfolg der Arbeitsmarktpolitik?’, in, 294, , Fitzenberger B, Speckesser S, Schmähl W (ed.), Soziale Sicherung und Arbeitsmarkt, Schriftenreihe des Vereins für Socialpolitik 294, Berlin (Duncker und Humblodt), 51–81, 2002
  • Does Active Labour Market Policy Matter? An Aggregate Analysis for Germany, Schmid G, Speckesser S, Hilbert C, de Koning J, Mosley H (eds), Labour Market Policy and Unemployment. An Evaluation of Active Measures in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden, Cheltenham (Elgar), 77–114, 2001
  • Multiple Active Labor Market Policy Participation in East Germany: An Assessment of Outcomes, Bergemann A, Fitzenberger B, Schultz B, Speckesser S, Applied Economics Quarterly, 51, 195–244, 2000
  • Broadening the Scope of Benchmarking, Schmid G, Schütz H, Speckesser S, Labour, 13, 879–899, 1999
  • Labour Markets and Organisational Change, Auer P, Speckesser S, The Journal of Management and Governance, 1 (2), 177–206, 1998
  • Ranking National Labour Market Performance: The Case of the Bertelsmann Foundation, Schütz H, Schmid G, Speckesser S, Tronti L (ed.), Benchmarking Employment Performance, Brussels (Commission of the European Union), 253–279, 1997
  • The Development of Benchmarking in the Public and in the Private Sector, Speckesser S, Schütz H, Schmid G, Tronti L (ed.), Benchmarking Employment Performance, Brussels (Commission of the European Union), 51–62, 1997
  • Benchmarking Labour Markets and Labour Policies with the Reference to the European Employment Strategy, Speckesser S, Schütz H, Schmid G, Tronti L (ed.), Benchmarking Employment Performance, Brussels (Commission of the European Union), 76–97, 1997
  • Arbeitsmarkt– und Organisationswandel: Zukünftige Arbeitsstrukturen und ältere Arbeitnehmer, Auer P, Speckesser S, Frieling E (ed.), Automobilmontage in Europa, Frankfurt am Main, New York (Campus), 20–55, 1996

Conference appearances

  • Contributor, EU Network event, Stefan Speckesser, Making the PES Business Case, European Commission, Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place, January 2017
  • EU Network event, Stefan Speckesser, Making the PES Business Case, European Commission, Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place, January 2017
  • Overcoming unemployment among young people: lessons from Youth Contract for 16-17 year olds, Newton B, Speckesser S, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion seminar, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), London School of Economics (LSE), October 2014
  • Using group random assignment for the evaluation of Active Labour Market Policy: A feasibility study, Speckesser S, Department seminar, Department of Economics, Royal Holloway, London, September 2011
  • Wages, productivity and employment: A review of theory and international data, Speckesser, S, Employment Committee, EU Commission, Brussels, September 2011
  • Using group random assignment for the evaluation of Active Labour Market Policy: A feasibility study, Speckesser S, Annual Meeting of the Verein für Socialpolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, Frankfurt, September 2011
  • Employment Retention in the Recession: Microeconomic effects of the Short-Time Work Programme in Germany, Speckesser S, Employment seminar series, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London, May 2011
  • Employment retention in the recession: some micro-economic evidence on the Short-time Work Programme in Germany, Speckesser, S, Increasing Labor Market Flexibility – Boon or Bane?, Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, March 2011
  • Employment retention in the recession: some micro-economic evidence on the Short-time Work Programme in Germany, Speckesser S, Royal Statistical Society Annual Conference, Royal Statistical Society, Brighton, September 2010
  • Employment Retention in the Recession, Speckesser S, Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Dallas, 2010
  • Employment Retention in the Recession, Speckesser S, Royal Statistical Society, Brighton, 2010
  • Second job holdings and the returns to education, Speckesser S, University of Sheffield, Work Pensions and Labour Economics Study Group (WPEG) Conference, Sheffield, 2008
  • The longer term outcomes of Work-Based Learning for Adults, Speckesser S, University of Manchester, Work Pensions and Labour Economics Study Group (WPEG) Conference, Manchester, 2007
  • ‘Random Assignments and the issue of generalisability, Speckesser S, Department for Work and Pensions/HM Revenue and Customs, ‘Random Assignment in a Social Policy Context, Government Social Researchers (GSR) Seminar, London, 2006
  • Evaluation of Lone Parents Work Focussed Interviews and New Deal for Lone Parents, Speckesser S, London School of Economics/PSI, Conference: Assessing the Impact of Active Labour Market Policy for Lone Parents and the UK New Deal for Lone Parents, London, 2005
  • The Aggregate Impact of Active Labour Market Policy in Germany and the UK , Speckesser S, Annual congress of the German Economic Association, Zurich, 2003
  • The Aggregate Impact of Active Labour Market Policy in Germany and the UK , Speckesser S, European Society for Population Economics, New York, 2003
  • The Aggregate Impact of Active Labour Market Policy in Germany and the UK , Speckesser S, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Aix-en-Provence, 2003
  • The Aggregate Impact of Active Labour Market Policy in Germany and the UK , Speckesser S, European Network for Training in Economic Research, Tilburg, 2003

Advisory roles and affiliations

  • Expert Adviser to House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility (2013 - 2013)
  • Associate Researcher for the Department for Education (2014 - 2017)
  • Home Office Economics and Resource Analysis Group, Advisor (2011 - 2013)
  • Thematic expert for the European Employment Observatory (2011 - 2013)
  • Expert Adviser to House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility (2015 - 2015)

Projects