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Research Priorities: Empirical economics, particularly social policy, labor markets, microeconometrics, education, and population economics
Regina T. Riphahn is a German economist. Her research focuses on empirical economics and empirical methods.
She applies survey and administrative data on individuals, households, and firms. She tests hypotheses with respect to the effects of social policy measures (retirement, welfare, paid parental leave, child benefits) and answers questions on labor markets (wages, Minijobs, Midijobs), personnel economics (probation, incentives, temporary employment), economics of education (tuition, intergenerational transmission) and population economics (migration, fertility).
One project addresses the impact of the introduction of paid parental leave (Elterngeld) on household living arrangements. Does the benefit affect a child's probability to live with married parents, cohabiting parents, or a single mother?
Another project researches the impact of the introduction of paid parental leave (Elterngeld) on maternal employment in the first year after a birth. The analysis distinguishes mothers who could claim benefits already before and those who could claim benefits only after the reform.
Other projects study the effect of unemployment and retirement benefit reforms on employment decisions of older workers. Did the shortening of unemployment benefits affect the duration of unemployment or employment? How do older workers respond when retirement entry age is postponed or when benefit discounts are introduced?
In the area of education economics, Regina T. Riphahn investigated the intergenerational transmission of education, the returns to vocational training, and the effect of age at migration on the educational attainment of immigrants.
Her research on Mini- and Midijobs studies whether Minijobs substitute and crowd out regular employment, whether Minijobs affect the "motherhood penalty" and whether Midijobs facilitate transitions into regular employment.