Jochen Späth studied economics, specialising in quantitative methods/statistics and econometrics, at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and at the Universidad del Pais Vasco, Bilbao, Spain. He did his doctorate at the University of Nuremberg, Germany, with a dissertation on the demand for non-standard employment in incumbent firms and firm start-ups (title of the dissertation: Firm Age and Employment Flexibility in Germany).
He has been an IAW research associate since April 2007 and his work is mainly focused on the quantitative analysis of micro data, particularly on questions of labour demand and firm dynamics. He has gained a lot of experience with data sets provided by the German Federal Employment Agency (Establishment History Panel, IAB Establishment Panel), and analyses of data provided by Statistical Offices (e.g. Mikrozensus, AFid-Panel Dienstleistungen) as well as by other data providers (e.g. GSOEP) complement his data competency.