Prof. Dr. Antje Mertens
Department of Cooperative Studies
Professorship for Economics
Specialist area: Economics, particularly labour market economics
T: +49 (0)30 30877-2419
F: +49 (0)30 30877-2019
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
Academic and Professional Career
- 1992 Degree in Economics, Technical University Berlin, Germany.
- 1993 MA in International Economics at the University of Sussex, England
- 1998 Doctor in Economics, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. Title: "Labor Mobility and Wage Dynamics - An Empirical Study for Germany in Comparison with the United States".
- 1998-2005: Research fellow, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Centre for Studies of the Life Course
- Since April 2005: Professor at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, Faculty 2
- 2009 Habilitation in Economics, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. Title: „Vocational Training Systems, Regional Unemployment and Fixed-term Contracts as Career Determinants“.
- Since October 2009: Dean of Studies at Faculty 2
International contacts (e. g.)
- Member of the advisory committee for the project “Overeducation” at the Hans-Böckler Stiftung
- Member of the Verein für Socialpolitik (an association for social policy)
- Member of the European Economic Association
- Member of SAMF (Arbeitskreis Sozialwissenschaftliche Arbeitsmarktforschung)
- Gender, work and organisation
- German Economic Review (a quarterly periodical)
- Labour market economics
- Journal for Labour Market Research (ZAF)
Key Aspects in Teaching
- Foreign trade
- Labour market economics
- Economic policy
Research Projects and Fields
- Main areas of research: atypical employment, labour market mobility, working life and self-reported satisfaction measures, applied micro-econometrics
- Project 1: “Satifaction and the Great Recession ”, with Miriam Beblo (University of Hamburg and HWR)
- Project 2: “Atypical Employment and the Service Sector”, with Vanessa Gash (University of Manchester), Martina Dieckmann (Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung – WZB) and Laura Romeu-Gordo (The German Centre of Gerontology – DZA)
Selected, current Publications
- Vanessa Gash, Antje Mertens und Laura Romeu Gordo, „Are fixed-term jobs bad for your health?: A comparison of West-Germany and Spain“, European Societies, 2007, 9(3), 429-458.
- Antje Mertens, Vanessa Gash und Frances McGinnity, „The Cost of Flexibility at the Margin. Comparing the Wage Penalty for Fixed-Term Contracts in Germany and Spain using Quantile Regression“, Labour, 2007, 21 (4/5), 637-666.
- Antje Mertens, Wiemer Salverda und Thomas Zwick (2009), „Training and Job Insecurity – Introduction“, Labour, 2009, 23 (Special Issue), 1-4.
- Antje Mertens (2010), A Comment on "Crisis, What Crisis? Patterns of Adaptation in European Labour Markets", in: Applied Economics Quarterly, 56 (61), 59-64.
- Bergemann, Annette and Antje Mertens (2011), "Job Stability Trends, Layoffs and Transitions to Unemployment in West-Germany", Labour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, 25 (4), 421–446.
- Gash, Vanessa, Antje Mertens and Laura Romeu-Gordo (2012), "The Influence of Changing Hours of Work on Life Satisfaction", The Manchester School: Special Issue Low Pay, Low Skill and Low Income, 80(1), 51-74.