25 Years IWH

Professor Dr Andreas Knabe

Professor Dr Andreas Knabe
Current Position

since 6/16

Research Professor

Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association

since 2/12

Chair in Public Economics

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

Research Interests

  • finance

Professor Dr Andreas Knabe holds the Chair of Public Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Management of the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg.

He received his doctorate at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg for a thesis on the theory of marginal employment subsidies and held the position of an Assistant Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is a Research Fellow of the CESifo Research Network, a member of the Committees on Public Economics and Social Policy of the Verein für Socialpolitik (German Economic Association) and serves on the Editorial Boards of Applied Research in Quality of Life, Review of Economics and Finanzarchiv/Public Finance Analysis. His research interests include, inter alia, labor market and social policy as well as happiness economics.

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Multidimensional Well-being and Regional Disparities in Europe

Jörg Döpke Andreas Knabe Cornelia Lang Philip Maschke

in: Journal of Common Market Studies , No. 5, 2017


Using data from the OECD Regional Well-Being Index – a set of quality-of-life indicators measured at the sub-national level – we construct a set of composite well-being indices. We analyze the extent to which the choice of five alternative aggregation methods affects the well-being ranking of regions. We find that regional inequality in these composite measures is lower than regional inequality in real GDP per capita. For most aggregation methods, the rank correlation across regions appears to be quite high. It is also shown that using alternative indices instead of GDP per capita would only have a small effect on the set of regions eligible for aid from EU Structural Funds. The exception appears to be an aggregation based on how individual dimensions relate to average life satisfaction across regions, which would substantially change both the ranking of regions and which regions would be eligible for EU funds.

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