Hans Martin von Gaudecker How Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Impacting Human Inequality?

Hans-Martin von Gaudecker is Professor of Economics at the University of Bonn. He is also a Research Team Leader in Structural Policy Evaluation at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). Having completed his PhD at the University of Mannheim, von Gaudecker has also held research fellowships at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the EIEF in Rome. His research focuses on applied microeconometrics, life-cycle behavior and labor and health economics

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since 2019

Research Team Leader

Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Structural Policy Evaluation

since 2012

Professor of Economics

University of Mannheim (Universität Mannheim)


Post-Doctoral Researcher

University of Mannheim (Universität Mannheim)


Post-Doctoral Researcher

Free University of Amsterdam



Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging


Ph.D. in Economics

University of Mannheim (Universität Mannheim)


Visiting Student

University College London

Institute for Fiscal Studies


Undergraduate Studies in Economics

Heidelberg University (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)


Undergraduate Studies in Economics

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


Undergraduate Studies in Economics

University of Mannheim (Universität Mannheim)


- Reinhard Selten Institute

- CESifo

- Netspar


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University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)

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The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) TR 224 – EPoS

The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) TR 224 – EPoS is a cooperation between the University of Bonn and the University of Mannheim. Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), it aims to analyze and provide policy proposals that address three key societal challenges: how to promote equality of opportunity; how to regulate markets in light of the internationalization and digitalization of economic activity; and how to safeguard the stability of the financial system.


It is clear that the coronaviruspandemic is having a widespread impact on people’s economic security as well as on their physical and mental health. In this video, HANS-MARTIN VON GAUDECKER considers how the crisis is affecting human inequality. Is the pandemic making the disadvantaged even worse off or is it a “great equalizer”? Von Gaudecker’s data comes from an online panel with 7000 individuals based in the Netherlands and standard regression is employed to analyze the information. The research suggests that the crisis has had most marked effects on those workers who are neither categorized as essential nor who can feasibly work from home. It also highlights the importance of keeping schools and child day care centers open in order to minimize inequality. Looking forward, focusing on potentially changing roles in child care enabled by home working, the project is seeking to identify whether the pandemic is having positive or negative effects on gender inequality.

LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10870

Labour Supply During Lockdown and a “New Normal”: The Case of the Netherlands

  • Hans Martin von Gaudecker, Radost Holler, Lena Janys, Bettina Siflinger and Christian Zimpelmann
  • Published in 2020
Hans Martin von Gaudecker, Radost Holler, Lena Janys, Bettina Siflinger and Christian Zimpelmann. "Labour Supply During Lockdown and a “New Normal”: The Case of the Netherlands." working paper in 2020.