News from the Institute for Applied Economic Research at the University of Tübingen


Wage expectation, information and the decision to become a nurse

Contrary to common perceptions, the expected wage plays a positive and statistically significant role in the decision to become a nurse. Further, understating a nurse’s wage decreases the probability of becoming one. The empirical results lead to two important policy implications. First, increasing the wage may help to overcome the shortage observed in many countries. Second, providing information on the (relative) wage may be a successful strategy to attract more individuals into this profession.

Philipp Kugler: Wage expectation, information and the decision to becomea nurse, IAW Discussions Papers No. 135, January 2021

On the influence of job characteristics on the attractiveness of nursing jobs in Germany

We find that, first, attractiveness of care jobs is most strongly affected by rather “soft”characteristics such as atmosphere within the team and time for patients. “Hard” factors play a considerably smaller role. Second, one hard factor, contract duration, is estimated to be among the most important job factors, however. This is a remarkable finding given that nursing occupations suffer from severe skill shortages. Third, though wage has a statistically significant influence on attractiveness, enormous wage raises would be needed in order to yield higher attractiveness gains than the top-rated soft factors, or to compensate for less pleasant job characteristics with respect to those factors. Last, even after controlling for other job characteristics, hospital nursing is still rated as more attractive than geriatric nursing.

Martin Kroczek and Jochen Späth: The Attractiveness of Jobs in the German Care Sector – Results of a Factorial Survey
IAW Discussions Papers No. 134, December 2020

Due to the Covid-19 crisis T H E Christmas Workshop 2020 at the University of Hohenheim has been postponed until June 2021

The Tübingen-Hohenheim-Economics (THE) Association cordially invites you to this year’s THE Christmas Workshop combining a Young Researcher Workshop and a Winter School. We plan to hold the event on campus, subject to the University’s Corona regulation.


IAW Discussion Paper No. 133 released

Accounting for Investment Risk in Educational Decisions: New Evidence for Lifetime Returns in Germany

by Anne Zühlke, Philipp Kugler, Armin Hackenberger and Tobias Brändle

Lifetime labour income is higher for individuals with a university degree, but only late in life. When considering the failure risk of educational degrees and the possibility of educational upgrading, we find that individuals who start with a  vocational training after their highest school degree do not earn less than individuals who start with university studies, once we control for covariates such as socio‐demographics and educational background.