Labor Market Specialist
KOF Swiss Economic Institute
Michael Siegenthaler is a labor market specialist and head of the labor market section at KOF Swiss Economic Institute at ETH Zurich. He received a PhD from ETH Zurich (Dr. sc. ETH) and a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Bern.
His research interests are labor economics, migration, and empirical macroeconomics. A recurrent topic is the factors and policies that shape firms’ demand for workers. Using innovative data sources and rigorous empirical methods, he has, for instance, studied the effects of minimum wages, immigration restrictions, short-time work, and exchange rates on labor demand. His work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, and the Journal of the European Economic Association, among others. His position as labor market specialist has a strong policy focus, and entails policy advising, forecasting, and media work. He has been listed among the 25 most influential economists in Switzerland in the NZZ Ökonomenranking.