Prof. Dr. Martin Biewen


Statistics, Econometrics and Quantitative Methods
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

University of Tübingen


Mohlstraße 36
D-72074 Tübingen


Email: martin.biewen[at]


Office Hours


Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00


Please make an appointment by email.


How to find us


Room 317


Mohlstr. 36, Directions


2011 - 2013

Head of the School of Business and Economics
University of Tübingen

Since 2009

Full Professor of Statistics, Econometrics and Quantitative Methods (W3)
University of Tübingen

2006 - 2009

Full Professor of Statistics (W3)
University of Mainz

2005 - 2006

Temporary Professor of Statistics and Econometrics (W3)
University of Frankfurt

2004 - 2005

Assistant Professor (C1)
University of Frankfurt

2002 - 2004

Assistant Professor (DFG-Scholarship)
University of Mannheim

2001 - 2002

Assistant Professor (DFG-Scholarship)
University of Heidelberg

2000 - 2001

Senior Research Officer
Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex

1996 - 2000

University Assistant
University of Heidelberg

1994 - 1996

Student Research Assistant
University of Bonn


2002 - 2005Habilitation (Economics and Econometrics)                                                  
University of Mannheim
1996 - 2000Dr. rer. pol. (Economics)
University of Heidelberg
1993 - 1996Diplom-Volkswirt (Economics)
University of Bonn
1991 - 1993Vordiplom Ökonomie (Economics)
University of Bochum


Since 2014

Advisory Board/Wissenschaftliches Gutachtergremium
Armuts- und Reichtumsberichterstattung
Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales

Since 2014Principal Investigator
DFG Priority Programme 1764 `The German Labour Market in a Globalised World
- Challenges through Trade, Technology, and Demographics'
Since 2012Principal Investigator and Founding Member
Graduate School `Learning, Educational Achievement, and Life Course Development (LEAD)'
German Excellence Initiative, University of Tübingen
Since 2012Advisory Board/Wissenschaftlicher Beirat
Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung (IAW), Tübingen
Since 2010Advisory Board/Wissenschaftlicher Beirat
Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg
Since 2008Ökonometrischer Ausschuß des Vereins für Socialpolitik
Since 2006Sozialpolitischer Ausschuß des Vereins für Socialpolitik
2006-2013Research Professor
Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW), Berlin
Since 2001Research Fellow
Institut zur Erforschung der Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA), Bonn
Since 2000Living Standards, Inequality and Taxation (LivinTaX)

Editorial Boards

Since 2018

Associate Editor, MDPI Journal Econometrics

Since 2012 Associate Editor, Empirical Economics
Since 2010 Associate Editor, Journal for Labor Market Research


American Economic Review, Annals of Applied Statistics, Annales d'Economie et de Statistique, Asian Development Review, The B. E. Journals of Economic Analysis & Policy, CESifo Economic Studies, Communications in Statistics, Comparative Economic Studies, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, Economic Journal, Economica, Economics Letters, Economic Modelling, Economics of Transition, Empirical Economics, Forum for Health Economics & Policy, German Economic Review, Industrial Relations, International Economic Review, International Journal of Manpower, International Review of Social Research, International Tax and Public Finance, Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik, Journal for Educational Measurement, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Applied Social Science Studies, Journal of Business Economics/Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Journal of Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Economic Inequality, Journal of the German Statistical Association, Journal of Official Statistics, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Labour Economics, MDPI Journal Econometrics, MDPI Journal Societies, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Oxford Economic Papers, Pakistan Journal of Statistics, Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics of the Household, Review of Income and Wealth, Review for Regional Studies, Sociological Methods & Research, Southern Economic Journal, Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, Journal for Labour Market Research


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), European Society for Population Economics, Fond National de la Recherche Luxembourg, Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Integrated Research Infrastructure in the Socio-Economic Sciences (IRISS, CEPS-INSTEAD), Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik, New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe (NORFACE), Council for Fundamental Scientific Education Research (PROO) Netherlands, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Research interests

Income Distribution


Labor Economics


Education Economics

Applied Microeconometrics

Publications in refereed journals

Biewen, M., S. Seifert (2018): Potential Parenthood and Career Progression of Men and Women: A Simultaneous Hazards Approach, forthcoming in B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy


Biewen, M., R. Happ, S. Schmidt, O. Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia (2018): Knowledge growth, academic beliefs and motivation of students in business and economics - A longitudinal German case study, Higher Education Studies, Vol. 8, pp. 9-28.


Biewen, M., M. Ungerer, M. Löffler (2017): Why did income inequality in Germany not increase further after 2005?, forthcoming in German Economic Review.


Biewen, M., A. Juhasz (2017): Direct Estimation of Equivalence Scales and More Evidence on Independence of Base, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 79, pp. 875-905.


Biewen, M., Tapalaga, M. (2017): Life-cycle educational choices in a system with early tracking and `second chance' options, Economics of Education Review, Vol. 56, pp. 80-94, previous version with further results here.


Biewen, M. (2014): Poverty Persistence and Poverty Dynamics, IZA World of Labor, Vol. 103, pp. 1-10.


Biewen, M., B. Fitzenberger, A. Osikominu und M. Waller (2014): The Effectiveness of Public Sponsored Training Revisited: The Importance of Data and Methodological Choices, Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 32, pp. 837-897.


Biewen, M. (2014): A General Decomposition Formula with Interaction Effects, Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 21, pp. 636-642. Longer version here.


Biewen, M., C. Weiser (2014): An Empirical Test of Marginal Productivity Theory, Applied Economics, Vol. 46, pp. 996-1020.


Biewen, M., A. Juhasz (2012): Understanding Rising Inequality in Germany, 1999/2000 - 2005/06, Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 58, pp. 62-647.


Biewen, M., A. Juhasz (2011): Can Employment Changes Explain Rising Inequality in Germany?, Journal of Applied Social Science Studies, Vol. 131, pp. 349-357.


Biewen, M., S. Steffes (2010): Unemployment persistence: Is there evidence for stigma effects?, Economics Letters, Vol. 106, pp. 188-190.


Biewen, M. (2009): Measuring state dependence in individual poverty histories when there is feedback to employment status and household composition, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Vol. 24, pp. 1095–1116.


Biewen, M., B. Fitzenberger, A. Osikominu, R. Völter, M. Waller (2006): Beschäftigungseffekte ausgewählter Maßnahmen der beruflichen Weiterbildung in Deutschland: Eine Bestandsaufnahme, Journal for Labour Market Research, Vol. 39, pp. 365–390.


Biewen, M., S.P. Jenkins (2006): Estimation of Generalized Entropy and Atkinson Inequality Indices from Complex Survey Data, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 68, pp. 371–383. For Stata survey estimation command, type in Stata "ssc install svygei_svyatk, replace".


Biewen, M. (2006): Who are the Chronic Poor? An Econometric Analysis of Chronic Poverty in Germany, Research on Economic Inequality, Vol. 13, pp. 31–62.


Biewen, M. (2005): The Covariance Structure of East and West German Incomes and its Implications for the Persistence of Poverty and Inequality, German Economic Review, Vol. 6, pp. 445–469.


Biewen, M., R. Wilke (2005): Unemployment duration and the length of entitlement periods for unemployment benefits: do the IAB employment subsample and the German Socio-Economic Panel yield the same results?, Journal of the German Statistical Society, Vol. 88, pp. 209–236.


Biewen, M., S.P. Jenkins (2005): A Framework for the Decomposition of Poverty Differences with an Application to Poverty Differences between Countries, Empirical Economics, Vol. 30, pp. 331–358


Biewen, M. (2002): Bootstrap inference for inequality, mobility and poverty measurement, Journal of Econometrics, Vol. 108, pp. 317–342. Some Stata code here.


Biewen, M. (2002): Measuring Inequality in the Presence of Intra-Household Correlation, Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 9, pp. 1003–1006.


Biewen, M. (2001): Item-Nonresponse and Inequality Measurement: Evidence from the German Earnings Distribution, Journal of the German Statistical Society, Vol. 85, pp. 409–425.


Biewen, M. (2001): Unemployment, Retirement, Female Labor Market Participation and Income Inequality: A Decomposition Analysis for Germany, Journal of Applied Social Science Studies, Vol. 121, pp. 59–82.


Biewen, M. (2001): Measuring the Effects of Socio-Economic Variables on the Income Distribution: An Application to the East German Transition Process, Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 83, pp. 185–190.


Biewen, M. (2000): Income inequality in Germany during the 1980s and 1990s, Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 46, pp. 1–20.


Biewen, M. (1999): Inequality trends in the German income distribution, Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung, Vol. 68, pp. 275–283.

Reports, publications in books, edited volumes etc.

IAW/ZEW/IZA (2016): Analyse der Verteilung von Einkommen und Vermögen in Deutschland, Gutachten für das Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales für den 5. Armuts- und Reichtumsbericht der Bundesregierung


IAW (2016): Aktuelle Entwicklungen der sozialen Mobilität und der Dynamik von Armutsrisiken in Deutschland, Gutachten für das Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales für den 5. Armuts- und Reichtumsbericht der Bundesregierung 


Arndt, C., Biewen, M., B. Boockmann, M. Rosenmann et al. (2013): Aktualisierung der Berichterstattung über die Verteilung von Einkommen und Vermögen in Deutschland für den 4. Armuts- und Reichtumsbericht der Bundesregierung, Gutachten für das Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales


Biewen, M. (2013): Official PowerPoint slides for Jeffrey M. Wooldridge: Introductory Econometrics, A Modern Approach, 5th edition, Cengage Learning, South-Western


Biewen, M. (2011): Koreferat zu "Mindestlöhne, Lohnsubventionen und Einkommenssicherung im Wohlfahrtsstaat, in: Umverteilung und Soziale Gerechtigkeit, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliches Seminar Ottobeuren, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen


Biewen, M. (2008): State dependence and feedback effects in individual poverty histories, Proceedings of the 9th Iranian Statistical Conference, Department of Statistics, University of Isfahan


Biewen, M. (2008): Arbeitsmarktpolitik auf dem Prüfstand, Natur & Geist, Forschungsmagazin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 24. Jahrgang, S. 44 – 48


Bender, S., B. Fitzenberger, M. Lechner (unter Mitarbeit von M. Biewen, R. Miquel, A. Osikominu, M. Waller, C. Wunsch) (2005): Die Beschäftigungswirkung der FbW-Maßnahmen 2000 – 2002 auf individueller Ebene: Eine Evaluation auf Basis der prozessproduzierten Daten des IAB, Zwischenbericht, Forschungsprojekt 6-531.1A, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung der Bundesagentur für Arbeit, Nürnberg


Biewen, M. (2005): Cross-sectional vs. longitudinal views: econometric models of low income and low income dynamics in Germany, Habilitations­schrift, Universität Mannheim


Biewen, M. und B. Fitzenberger (2004): Neuausrichtung der Förderung beruflicher Weiterbildung, in: Hagen, T. und A. Spermann (Hrsg.): Hartz-Gesetze – Methodische Ansätze zu einer Evaluierung, ZEW Wirtschaftsanalysen, Bd. 74, Baden-Baden, pp. 190 – 202


Biewen, M. (2003): Handbook on Inequality Measurement (Book Review), Journal of Deve­lopment Economics, Vol. 70, pp. 543 – 548


Biewen, M. und S.P. Jenkins (2001): Who is most likely to be poor in Germany, in: Becker I., Ott N., und Rolf-Engel, G. (Hrsg.): Soziale Sicherung in einer dynamischen Gesellschaft, Frankfurt a. M., pp. 440 – 462


Biewen, M. (2000): Contributions to the measurement of German income inequality, Dissertation, Universität Heidelberg