Professor Dr Thorsten Schank

Professor Dr Thorsten Schank
Current Position

since 12/15

Research Professor

Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH)

since 4/13

Professor of Applied Statistics and Econometrics

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Research Interests

  • labour economics: in particular determinants of the wage structure, working time, firm productivity, industrial relations, effects of foreign firm activity
  • econometrics: in particular linked employer-employee data, non-linear panel data models

Thorsten Schank joined the institute as a Research Professor in December 2015. His research focuses on empirical labour economics and applied econometrics.

Thorsten Schank holds the position of Professor of Applied Statistics and Econometrics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

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Does the Plant Size–wage Differential Increase with Tenure? Affirming Evidence from German Panel Data

Daniel Fackler Thorsten Schank Claus Schnabel

in: Economics Letters, 2015


We show that the major part of the plant size–wage premium in Germany is reflected in different wage growth patterns in plants of different size. This is consistent with the hypothesis that large firms ‘produce’ more skilled workers over time.

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Works Councils and Separations: Voice, Monopoly, and Insurance Effects

Boris Hirsch Thorsten Schank Claus Schnabel

in: Industrial Relations, No. 4, 2010


Using a large linked employer–employee data set for Germany, we find that the existence of a works council is associated with a lower separation rate to employment, in particular for workers with low tenure. While works council monopoly effects show up in all specifications, clear voice effects are only visible for low tenured workers. Works councils also reduce separations to nonemployment, and this impact is more pronounced for men. Insurance effects only show up for workers with tenure of more than 2 years. Our results indicate that works councils to some extent represent the interests of a specific clientele.

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Differences in Labor Supply to Monopsonistic Firms and the Gender Pay Gap: An Empirical Analysis Using Linked Employer‐Employee Data from Germany

Boris Hirsch Thorsten Schank Claus Schnabel

in: Journal of Labor Economics, No. 2, 2010


This article investigates women’s and men’s labor supply to the firm within a semistructural approach based on a dynamic model of new monopsony. Using methods of survival analysis and a large linked employer‐employee data set for Germany, we find that labor supply elasticities are small (1.9–3.7) and that women’s labor supply to the firm is less elastic than men’s (which is the reverse of gender differences in labor supply usually found at the level of the market). Our results imply that at least one‐third of the gender pay gap might be wage discrimination by profit‐maximizing monopsonistic employers.

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