Dr Nils Braakmann
Reader in Labour Economics, Director of Accreditation, Joint Head Economics
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1669
- Personal Website: http://www.sites.google.com/site/nilsbraakmann/
- Address: Floor 7, Room 7.07
Newcastle University Business School
5 Barrack Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
I joined Newcastle University in September 2010, first as a Lecturer until 2013, from then as Senior Lecturer (one of the British flavours of what is commonly known as Associate Professor), and from August 2017 as Reader in Labour Economics. I am also currently Director of Accreditation for the Business School, Joint Head of the Economics Group (together with Bartosz Gebka) and a member of the Business School's Executive Board. Before coming to England I was a PostDoc in Economics at Leuphana University Lueneburg, Germany, where I also completed my doctoral degree in Economics in 2009 as well as Master's degrees in Business and Economic and Social Sciences.
I'm an empirical microeconomist who uses large-scale datasets and microeconometric techniques to investigate questions mainly drawn from labour economics, the economics of crime, health economics, international economics and urban economics.
Consultation and feedback hours for students: Generally Wednesdays, 14:30 to 16:30 and Thursdays 11:30-12:30, but I'm generally happy to meet outside of these hours - just send me an email.
Dipl.-Kaufmann. (~Master in Business), University of Lueneburg, 2006
Dipl.-Oekonom (~Master in Economics and Social Sciences), Leuphana University of Lueneburg, 2007
Doctor rerum politicarum in Economics, Leuphana University of Lueneburg, 2009
- Researcher (grant funded), Leuphana University of Lueneburg, 2006-2010 (2009-2010 as PostDoc)
- Lecturer in Economics, Newcastle University, 2010-2013
- Senior Lecturer in Economics, Newcastle University, 2013-2017
- 11/2017 - ongoing Joint Head of Economics, Newcastle University Business School, ex officio member of the School Executive Board
- 04/2017 - 11/2017 Acting Head of Economics, Newcastle University Business School, ex officio member of the School Executive Board
- 05/2016 - ongoing Director of Accreditation, Newcastle University Business School, ex officio member of the School Executive Board and the Business School’s Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee
- 10/2016 - ongoing Member of Equality and Diversity committee, Newcastle University Business School
- 02/2016 - 08/2016 (Interim) deputy head of economics, Newcastle University Business School
- 07/2015 - 08/2016 Research Ethics Coordinator, Newcastle University Busi- ness School, ex officio member of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee and the Business School’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee
- 09/2015 - 08/2016 Chair, personal extenuating circumstances committee, New- castle University Business School, ex officio member of the Business School’s Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee
- 09/2012 - 08/2016 Senior Tutor, economics programmes, Newcastle University (2012-2015 undergraduate and postgraduate, 2015-2016 undergraduate),ex of- ficio member of the Business School’s personal extenuating circumstances com- mittee and the staff-student committee for economics
- Internal subject review/Learning and teaching reviews: Chemistry (2014), Education (2015), Dentistry (2016)
- Programme approval panels: BA Film and Media (2014), MRes and MSc Sus- tainable Agriculture and Food Security (2014), MA Landscape Architecture Studies (2014), MSc/MRes in Urban Energy Technology and Policy (2015), MSc Genomic Medicine (2015), MA in Media and Society (Research) (2016)
- 2013- ongoing member of the Student Discretionary Award Forum, Newcastle University
- various hiring committees/interview panels at Lueneburg (2008-2010) and Newcastle
- 2008-2010 member of the faculty commission on research, Leuphana University Lueneburg
Empirical microeconomics, in particular in labour economics, health economics, economics of crime, international economics and urban economics.
You can sum up most of my current work as "How do features of modern life, such as as immigration, globalisation, technology or austerity, influence people's life, how do they react to it and what can policy do about it?". At present, I work mainly on the following topics:
- the non-labour market impact of immigration and increased diversity on outcomes such as attitudes, education outcomes or public services, for example, schools, and housing markets
- the consequences of recent labour market changes and increasing inequality (caused by automation and globalisation) for outcomes such as political preferences or health
- causes and consequences of property prices in Britain, for example, the impact of immigration, crime risk, housing benefits, and ethnic diversity
- various topics around collective bargaining institutions and firm level outcomes across Europe.
Current Working Papers
- "The impact of student diversity on student outcomes at university and beyond - Evidence from English administrative data'' (with Stephen McDonald, Newcastle and Which?)
- "Variable Pay and/or Collective Wage Bargaining? Are They Like Cats and Dogs?" (with Barbara Bechter and Bernd Brandl, both Durham University), revise and resubmit at Industrial and Labor Relations Review
- "Housing subsidies and property prices: Evidence from England" (with Stephen McDonald, Newcastle University/Which?), revise and resubmit at Regional Science and Urban Economics
- "Spillovers between English primary schools -- Evidence from Ofsted inspections" (with John Wildman, Newcastle University), submitted
- "Are immigrants a burden on public services? Evidence from English primary schools'' (with Muhammad Waqas, former PhD student at Newcastle, now York University, and John Wildman, Newcastle University), submitted
- "Month of birth, individual expectations at the end of compulsory schooling and consequences for instrumental variable estimation of the link between education and wages'', submitted
- "Individual or Collective Wage Agreements? To Be or Not to Be is Not the Question for Company Productivity'' (with Bernd Brandl, Durham), submitted
- "Hybrid Collective Bargaining Systems and Performance: A Granular Analysis of the Effects of Bargaining Structures and Processes and the Implications for Policy Making'' (with Bernd Brandl, Durham), submitted
- "The effect of house prices on the long-term care market: Evidence from England'' (with Volodymyr Bilotkach, Eduardo Gonzalo Almorox and John Wildman, all Newcastle University)
- "Immigration, ethnic composition, co-location preferences and house prices: Evidence from England'' (with Pascal Mossay, Newcastle University)
- "VAT Rebate As Trade Policy: Evidence from China'' (with Bo Gao, former PhD student at Newcastle, now Loughborough, and Sara Maioli, Newcastle University)
- "Asian Gold -- Expected Returns to Crime and Thieves' Behaviour'' (with Arnaud Chevalier, Royal Holloway, and Tanya Wilson, University of Stirling)
Current projects (working titles)
“Contact with immigrants and individual attitudes towards immigration: Evidence from German street-level data” (with Daniel Schnitzlein, Leibniz University Hannover and DIW Berlin)
“Regional economic conditions and mortality: The role of offshoring and automation” (with Colin Green, Lancaster University)
“Automation, trade and voters’ decisions: Theory and evidence" (with Mich Tvede, University of East Anglia)
Prospective PhD students
I'm happy to supervise students in my areas of interest. Feel free to drop me an email in these cases to discuss an application. Given my interests, PhD projects for which I make sense as a supervisor will inevitably involve data work, often using large scale micro data, and advanced econometrics. I am not interested in time series stuff or the vast majority of finance topics, as I firmly believe that a supervisor needs to have some minimum level of competency in fields that he supervises.
Hasan Ankara (joint with John Wildman), Field: Health Economics, “Analyses of health and health related policies in Turkey”, 01/2011 - 06/2015, funded by Turkish government, after PhD: Lecturer, Hacettepe University, Ankara
Muhammad Waqas (joint with John Wildman), Field: Labour Economics, “Investigating aspects of immigration and attitudes towards immigration in England and Wales”, 09/2011 - 12/2015, funded by Peter and Norah Lomas Scholarship in Economics, after PhD: Research Associate, InstEAD, Depart- ment of Economics, Sheffield University
Bo Gao (joint with Sara Maioli and Mich Tvede), Field: International economics, “Firm Exporting Behaviour and Trade Policy in China”, 09/2012 - 09/2016, funded by ESRC doctoral training centre, after PhD: Teaching Fel- low, Business School, Durham University
Erin Graybill (joint with Sara Maioli), Trade and labour markets, 09/2014 - ongoing, funded by ESRC doctoral training centre
Eduardo Gonzalo Almorox (joint with Volodymyr Bilotkach and John Wildman), Health/IO, 09/2015 - ongoing, funded by ESRC doctoral training centre
Saule Kemelbayeva (joint with John Wildman), 09/2016 - ongoing, Education and labour markets, funded by Kazakh government
Ana Noveria (joint with Barbara Eberth and John Wildman), 09/2016 - on-going, Development policies and labour markets, funded by Indonesian government
Kerry Bray (joint with John Wildman), Labour Economics with focus on immigration, 09/2017 - ongoing, funded by NUBS scholarship
Grant awarding bodies, other
ESRC (2x), Scottish Economic Society small grant, PhD applications for North East Doctoral Training Centre (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Project reports for Pro Bono Economics (2017)
External PhD examiner at Portsmouth
Conference presentations (* coauthor, ^ multiple papers)
- Academy of Management Annual Meeting (2010*)
- American Economic Association (2011)
- European Association of Labour Economists (2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017^)
- European Economic Association (2008, 2009, 2010, 2013)
- European Society for Population Economics (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017*)
- Royal Economic Society (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016*)
- Scottish Economic Society (2013, 2014, 2015^, 2016, 2017^)
- Verein fuer Socialpolitik (German Economic Association) (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
- User Conference of the RDC of the BA at the IAB (2006, 2008, 2010), AFiD Workshop ``Nutzung komplexer Datenbestaende der amtlichen Statistik''' (2010); DIME-ISGEP Workshop ``Firm Selection and Country Competitiveness'' (2010), Goettinger Workshop Internationale Wirtschaftsbeziehungen (2010), ZEW/IAB-Workshop ``Spatial Dimensions of the Labour Market'' (2010), CREPS (2006, 2010), Statistische Woche (2009), G-Forum (2006, 2007)
Current undergraduate teaching
ECO1018 Economic Applications
Current postgraduate teaching
NBS8259 Cross Sectional and Panel Econometrics
Current PhD teaching
I am currently one of the organisers of the subject group's course programme for PhD students. We currently offer a course in (micro-)econometrics in the winter (either NBS8557 "Causal inference and quasi-experimental methods" or NBS8558 "Applied Microeconometrics", taught by John Wildman and me) and a course in advanced microeconomic theory in the summer in a two year sequence. We also have a seminar for PhD students to discuss their work/ideas. This runs alongside the courses provided by faculty and school.
Full list of present/past courses:
- Economic Applications (Newcastle, 2012/12, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16)
- British Economy (Newcastle, 2011/12)
- Introductory Economics (Newcastle 2010/11, 2011/12)
- Statistical Methods for Economics (Newcastle, 2010/11)
- Economics of Happiness (Lueneburg, 2009/10)
- Causal inference and treatment effect estimation (Lueneburg, 2008/09)
- Current Topics in Labor Economics and Social Policy (Lueneburg, 2008/09)
- Cross sectional and panel econometrics (Newcastle, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17)
- Intro to Maths and Stats (Newcastle, 2010/11, 2011/12)
- Methods of Public Economics, Law and Politics I (Quantitative methods) (Lueneburg 2009/10)
- Causal inference and quasi-experimental methods (Newcastle, 2011/12, 2013/14, 2015/16; Lueneburg 2008/09, 2014/15)
- Applied Microeconometrics (Newcastle, 2012/13, 2014/15, 2016/17)
- Applied Econometrics (Lueneburg, 2009/10)
- Empirics in a Nutshell (Lueneburg, 2008/09)
- Braakmann N, Waqas M, Wildman J. Are immigrants in favour of immigration? Evidence from England and Wales. BE Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 2017, (ePub ahead of Print).
- Braakmann N. Company closures and the erosion of the political centre: Evidence from Germany. British Journal of Industrial Relations 2017, Epub ahead of print.
- Braakmann N. Immigration and the property market: Evidence from England and Wales. Real Estate Economics 2016, (epub ahead of print).
- Braakmann N, Wildman JR. Reconsidering the impact of family size on labour supply: The twin-problems of the twin-birth instrument. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A 2016, 179(4), 1093-1115.
- Braakmann N. The link between crime risk and property prices in England and Wales: Evidence from street-level data. Urban Studies 2016, Epub ahead of print.
- Braakmann N, Jones S. Cannabis depenalisation, drug consumption and crime - Evidence from the 2004 cannabis declassification in the UK. Social Science and Medicine 2014, 115, 29-37.
- Braakmann N. The consequences of own and spousal disability on labor market outcomesand subjective well-being: Evidence from Germany. Review of Economics of the Household 2014, 12(4), 717-736.
- Biemann T, Braakmann N. The Impact of International Experience on Objective and Subjective Career Success in Early Careers. International Journal of Human Resource Management 2013, 24(8), 3438-3456.
- Braakmann N. What determines wage inequality among young German university graduates?. Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik 2013, 233(2), 130-158.
- Braakmann N. How do individuals deal with victimization and victimization risk? Longitudinal evidence from Mexico. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 2012, 84(1), 335-344.
- Braakmann N, Vogel A. How does economic integration influence employment and wages in border regions? The case of the EU-enlargement 2004 and Germany's eastern border. Review of World Economics 2011, 147(2), 303-323.
- Braakmann N, Wagner J. Product Diversification and Profitability in German Manufacturing Firms. Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik 2011, 231(3), 326-335.
- Braakmann N, Wagner J. Product diversification and stability of employment and sales: first evidence from German manufacturing firms. Applied Economics 2011, 43(27), 3977-3985.
- Braakmann N. The causal relationship between education, health and health related behaviour: Evidence from a natural experiment in England. Journal of Health Economics 2011, 30(4), 753-763.
- Braakmann N. Fields of training, plant characteristics and the gender wage gap in entry wages among skilled workers - Evidence from German administrative data. Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik / Journal of Economics and Statistics 2010, 230(1), 27-41.
- Braakmann N. Islamistic Terror and the Job Prospects of Arab Men in Britain: Does a Country's Direct Involvement Matter?. Scottish Journal of Political Economy 2010, 57(4), 430-454.
- Braakmann N, Vogel A. The impact of the 2004 EU-enlargement on enterprise performance and exports of service enterprises in the German eastern border region. Review of World Economics 2010, 146(1), 75-89.
- Braakmann N. Is there a compensating wage differential for high crime levels? First evidence from Europe. Journal of Urban Economics 2009, 66(3), 218-231.
- Braakmann N. The impact of September 11th, 2001 on the employment prospects of Arabs and Muslims in the German labor market. Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik / Journal of Economics and Statistics 2009, 229(1), 2-21.
- Braakmann N. Wirkungen der Beschäftigungspflicht schwerbehinderter Arbeitnehmer - Erkenntnisse aus der Einführung des Gesetzes zur Bekämpfung der Arbeitslosigkeit Schwerbehinderter. Zeitschrift für Arbeitsmarktfoschung / Journal for Labour Market Research 2008, 2008(1), 9-24.