'I occupy myself with the question of how political measures influence decisions made by individuals and families in the areas of work, family and health. In particular, for my empirical analyses, as well as data from large-scale surveys, I also use disaggregated administrative data, for example data on all individual hospitalisations in Germany, all individual births or all individual road accidents recorded by the police. This work often relates to current socio-political topics, but sometimes also, retrospectively, to measures of historical interest. Modern technologies such as digital platform systems throw up exciting new questions relating to traffic, living and health, and present challenges to the social market economy. Those challenges will also occupy me in the future.
My research interest focuses on topics of political relevance. I try to uncover genuine cause-and-effect relationships and not merely describe naive correlations. That knowledge allows me to make objective assessments of political measures, instead of just being driven by doctrines that have a particular political and/or ideological colour to them.
In my research I often move in areas which are at the interface between economics and, for example, linguistics, law, history or political science. I think it's exciting to be able to think about topics that also occupy colleagues in other subject areas.'
Professor Bauernschuster has conducted numerous empirical studies on the role of institutions in the context of socio-economic transformation.
- Bauernschuster, S., Driva, A., Hornung, E. 2020. Bismarck’s Health Insurance and the Mortality Decline. Journal of the European Economic Association, 18(5): 2561–2607.
- Bauernschuster, S., Hener, T., Rainer, H. 2017. When Labor Disputes Bring Cities to a Standstill: The Impact of Public Transit Strikes on Traffic, Accidents, Air Pollution and Health. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 9(1): 1–37.
- Bauernschuster, S., Hener, T., Rainer, H. 2016. Children of a (Policy) Revolution: The Introduction of Universal Child Care and its Effect on Fertility, Journal of the European Economic Association, 14(4): 975–1005.
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Do Transit Strikes Affect Public Health?
In a study appearing in the February 2017 issue of the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, researchers Stefan Bauernschuster, Timo Hener, and Helmut Rainer studied 71 transit strikes across five major German cities. They found that strikes can lead to some serious health problems for a city’s residents. Video: American Economic Association