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Prof. Dr. Antje Mertens

Department of Cooperative Studies
Professor for Economics
Specialist area: Economics, particularly labour market economics

T: +49 (0)30 30877-2419
F: +49 (0)30 30877-2019
E: antje.mertens(at)hwr-berlin.de

Visitor's address
Lichtenberg Campus
Building 5
Room 53012
Alt-Friedrichsfelde 60
10315 Berlin

Postal address
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
Lichtenberg Campus
Faculty 2
Building 5
Alt-Friedrichsfelde 60
10315 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)

Expert for

  • Gender, work and organisation
  • German Economic Review (a quarterly periodical)
  • Labour market economics
  • Journal for Labour Market Research (ZAF)

Key Aspects in Teaching

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • 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.