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Caseworkers try to help unemployed people to find work, providing support and assistance in regularly scheduled meetings. In this video, AMELIE SCHIPROWSKI seeks to quantify the economic value of these caseworker meetings. Relying on data from Swiss unemployment registers and focusing on the impact of unplanned caseworker absences, Schiprowski identifies a clear correlation between the frequency of caseworker meetings and the length of time a jobseeker spends out of work. Schiprowski also identifies significant variation in outcomes between different caseworkers and the effort to pin down what skills are most relevantin this regard is a clear focus for research going forward.


Amelie Schiprowski is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Bonn and an Affiliate of the Center for Economic Studies (CESifo). Having completed her doctoral work at the University of Potsdam (2018), Schiprowski’s research focuses on Empirical Labor and Public Economics. Schiprowski was the 2020 recipient of the Joachim Herz Award in Economics.


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

Bonn is one of the large universities in Germany, with around 36,000 students, 550 professors, 6,500 other staff staff. It offers a wide disciplinary spectrum comprising some 200 different degree programmes, from Agricultural Science to Tibetan Studies. This diversity is what characterizes Bonn as a full-range university with a strong international orientation. In many international university rankings Bonn is placed among the 100 best universities in the world.Its academic and research profile features internationally renowned specializations in the fields of Mathematics, Physics/Astronomy, Economics, Chemistry, Pharma Research, Biosciences, Genetic Medicine, Neurosciences and Philosophy/Ethics. Other disciplines, such as Geography and Law, are of outstanding importance within the German research scene. The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn is rooted in a long tradition going back almost 200 years. It was founded in 1818 by Friedrich-Wilhelm III, the Prussian king whose name it bears. Imbued with the spirit of Wilhelm von Humboldt, the university quickly joined the circle of Germany's most distinguished universities and became a major pole of attraction for leading scholars as well as students.The list of famous professors ranges from the astronomer Friedrich Wilhelm Argelander (1799-1875), through the chemist August Kekulé von Stradonitz (1829–1896) and political economist Josef Schumpeter (1883–1950) to the philologist Ernst Robert Curtius (1886–1956) and the theologists Karl Barth (1886–1968) and Joseph Ratzinger (born 1927), now Pope Benedict XVI. Bonn's best-known students include Heinrich Heine, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Konrad Adenauer. The university is proud of a long list of award-winning scientists and scholars, with about twenty Leibniz Prize winners and around thirty ERC grantees. In the last three decades two professors have received the Nobel Prize: Wolfgang Paul (for Physics, 1989) and Reinhard Selten (for Economics, 1994). (Source: University of Bonn)
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Original publication

The Role of Caseworkers in Unemployment Insurance: Evidence from Unplanned Absences

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Published in 2020

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