Tobias Brändle studied International Economics with a focus on economic theory, economic policy, finance, English and econometrics at the University of Tübingen and at the University of Maryland, College Park (USA) from 2003 to 2009. From April 2009 to March 2012, he was a research assistant at the Chair of Finance (Prof. Dr. Laszlo Goerke) at the University of Tübingen. In February 2014, he finished his PhD at the University of Tübingen with the title "Essays on Economic Effects of Labor Market Institutions, especially in Industrial Relations" (supervisors: Prof. Dr. Laszlo Goerke, IAAEU and University of Trier and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Boockmann, IAW Tübingen). Since then, he has been working on his habilitation project for a Venia Legendi in Economics, in particular Economic Policy, entitled "Essays on Labour Economics, Trade, and Policy Evaluation" at the University of Tübingen.
From April 2012 to March 2015, he was a research assistant, and from April 2015 to February 2023, he was a research project manager at IAW. During his time at IAW, he was mainly involved in the empirical evaluation of large labour market programs, laws or research projects at the interface between labour market and trade economics. As a project manager, he was responsible for all phases of data acquisition, preparation, and analysis, as well as for reporting to various federal and state ministries. After the successful tenure-track procedure in 2018, he pursued further scientific qualifications with the aim of a habilitation at the University of Tübingen. In the winter semester 2021/2022, he served as a substitution professor of public economics (chair of Prof. Dr. Georg Wamser) at the University of Tübingen.
Since March 1, 2023, he has been Professor of Economics at Pforzheim University. His teaching experience includes methodological and economics lectures, for example in Mathematics, Statistics and Quantitative Methods, Introduction to Economics and Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, as well as Labour Economics, both in English and German.
His current research focuses on empirical labour market and education economics, for example, issues of declining social mobility in Germany, the two-tier labour market, the shortage of skilled workers, and increasing academisation. His research combines theoretical grounding and high economic policy relevance. In addition to the quantitative analysis of large data sets, his work is characterized by a mix of methods, especially in the area of empirical qualitative and quantitative social research.