Prof. Dr. Almut Balleer


Prof. Dr. rer. pol.

Almut Balleer

Applied Economics Teaching and Research Area


Building: Sammelbau

Room: R532

Templergraben 64

52062 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80-96154

Office Hours

By appointment
Registration required via email


Almut Balleer, born in 1979, has been a professor of Empirical Economic Research in the School of Business and Economics at RWTH Aachen University since September 2012. She gained her doctoral degree from the University of Bonn, also visiting the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona on a Marie Curie research grant from the European Doctoral Program. In 2009, she became assistant professor at the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) at Stockholm University and has been research affiliate since 2015. Besides, she is a research professor at ifo Institut München since 2013 and in 2016, she became research affiliate at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

Her research fields are macroeconomics, monetary economics, applied research in econometrics and labor economics. Amongst other things in her research she has examined the role of the technological progress and human resources for economic fluctuations in working hours, employment and unemployment. New projects address to the evaluation of fiscal and monetary policy, in particular with respect to short-time work, as well as the effect of financial market frictions on price and employment adjustments of firms.

New projects address to the evaluation of the economic stabilisation's policy, in particular for short-time work, as well as the effect of financial market frictions on price and employment adjustments of firms.


Research Interests

-Labor-Market Macroeconomics
-Monetary Economics
-Empirical Macroeconomics
-Business Cycles

Selected Publications

  • Balleer, A.; Gehrke, B.; Merkl, C. (2017): Some surprising facts about working time accounts and the business cycle in Germany. In: International journal of manpower, 38 (7), S. 940-953.
  • Balleer, A., Gehrke, B., Lechthaler, W., Merkl, C. (2016). Does Short-Time Work save Jobs? A Business Cycle Analysis. European Economic Review, 84, pp. 99-122.
  • Balleer, A., Gomez-Salvador, R., Turunen, J. (2014). Labour Force Participation in euro area countries: A Cohort Based Analysis. Empirical Economics, 46(4), 1385-1415.
  • Balleer, A., van Rens, T. (2012). Skill-Biased Technological Change and the business cycle. Review of Economics and Statistics, 95(4), 1222-1237.
  • Balleer, A. (2012). New Evidence, Old Puzzles: Technology Shocks and Labor Market Fluctuations. Quantitative Economics, 3(3), November, 363-392.