Professor Stefan Bauernschuster is a Principal Investigator in the Cyber<>Institutions research area. Here is his contribution:
‘I work on the question how new technologies affect the reconciliation of work and family life. In my past research, I analysed the role of political reforms for this relationship; now my focus has moved to the impact of new technologies. New telecommunication and information technologies have relaxed many restrictions of space and time of work. What does this mean for the way we deal with work and family life, with relationships? What problems arise? And how can we overcome them?
My research interest is on policy-relevant topics. I attempt to uncover real cause-and-effect relationships, rather than merely describing naive correlations. This knowledge will make it possible to gain an objective evaluation of political measures rather than being led purely by political or ideological dogma.’
Why he participates in Cyber<>Spaces:
‘In my research I have often worked in areas where economics overlaps with other disciplines such as linguistics, law, history and political science. To me, it is exciting to think about topics that also occupy the minds of my fellow academics from other disciplines.’
Professor Bauernschuster has conducted numerous empirical studies on the role of institutions in the context of socio-economic transformation.
- 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.
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