Prof. Püschel is on sabbatical during the summer term 2018.
Man-Machine: Work 4.0 (MA). With Christian Lammert. Winter Term 2017/18
America First vs. Made in China 2025: The US-China Trade Relationship (MA). Winter Term 2017/18
Introduction to Inequality in American Economic History (BA). Summer Term 2016
Democracy in Crisis (PhD). With Christian Lammert and Robert Entmann. Summer Term 2016
Introduction to Economic Reasoning (BA). Winter Term 2015/16
Literature and Economics in the Gilded Ages (MA). With James Dorson. Summer Term 2015
International Trade Theory and Policy (BA). Winter Term 2014/15, 2015/16
Introduction to American Economic History (BA). Summer Term 2014, 2015
International Economic Policy - A North American Perspective (MA). Winter Term 2013/14
Regional Studies (BA). Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HWT) Berlin. Winter Term 2013/14, 2014/15
I supervise BA, MA, and Doctoral theses within the areas of Labor Economics and International Economics. The regional focus lies on the USA, the European Union, and China. If you are interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Briefly state your area of interest and your research question. You are welcome to propose your own topic.
Depending on capacity, there might be a selection of supervised candidates. I will invite you for a discussion in which we will decide upon the further proceeding.
Please make sure to consider the formal FU Berlin requirements "Hinweise für das Verfassen von Seminar-, Bachelor-, Master- und Diplomarbeiten auf dem Gebiet der Volkswirtschaftslehre".
M.A. Theses (completed)
Timm Hocke: The Reoccurring Iron Curtain – An Export Market Share Analysis
Mateusz Sander: The Importance of the Occupational Task Content in Wage Effects of U.S. Service Offshoring – An Empirical Analysis
Gina Glock: Job Polarization in the US and Germany: Technology-Based, but Human Capital Driven?
Edina Romsics: Economic Development through Offshore Outsourcing and its Consequences for the US Employment Market
B.A. Theses (completed)
Tim Teske: Sonderwirtschaftszonen als Urheber des Wachstums am Beispiel der Sonderwirtschaftszonen in China
Annika Denninger: Trade Policies and Their Impact on Development - An Ambiguous Relationship? A Case Study of the Chinese Automotive Industry
Gloria Paula Galindo: FDI vs. Cross-Border Trade in Financial Services: A Complementary or Substitutive Relationship?
Malte Borghorst: Regional Divergence and Cohesion Policy: An Analysis of the Economic Forces Challenging the European Union
Semira Afewerki: A Question of Color? – The Impact of U.S. Employment Polarization on the Economic Situation of Highly Educated African-American Women
Elias Wolf: A Game Theoretical Analysis of Bilateral Investment Treaties and their Impact on Foreign Direct Investment
Julia is an applied microeconomist and her research focuses on long-term, structural trends in labor markets. In her dissertation she has provided new evidence to deepen the understanding of the determinants and wage effects of U.S. service offshoring. Her work accounts for channels that have only recently been explored theoretically in labor economics and in international trade and that are based on more nuanced concepts of labor than traditional approaches. The findings shed doubt on the prediction that the spread of information and communication technologies will automatically lead to an increasingly flat world for the trade flows of services. Traditionally, international trade economists have seen the fortunes of workers as tied to their skill levels. The findings of Julia’s work indicate that these predictions need to be refined and that, next to the workers’ skill levels, the task content of occupations shapes the labor market effects of offshoring.
Julia’s recent project explores and analyzes the ways in which digitalization transforms our labor markets and what these changes imply on a socio-economic and political level. Technological change has consistently and profoundly reshaped labor markets, at least since the first industrial revolution. With the beginning of the 21st century, we are witnessing yet another fundamental change in the way we produce, which will significantly alter our lives, most directly through the way we work. Computers and human beings are increasingly intertwined in ever more complex production processes. Over the last 30 years, computers have substituted for a number of jobs, ranging from manufacturing to the service sector. With the recent proliferation of digital data (‘big data’) the scope of what computers can do has expanded once again. The Third Industrial Revolution has turned ‘Just-in-Time’ from a production technique to a way of life, profoundly reorganizing the economic structure and political arrangements of our society. The increasing availability of digital data and high speed communication technologies opened up new opportunities for when, where, by whom and how jobs can be done. Which effects will these developments have on the organization of the work environment in terms of time (e.g. flexibilization) and space (e.g. offshoring)? How has technological change shaped the employment relationship in the United States - and, in comparison, in Europe – and what conclusions can we extrapolate for the future of work?
Related Research Projects:
Labor(-ing) Data: Still Appropriate for New Empirical Approaches in Labor Economics?
Robots and Humans: Caring for Others - Testing the demand for Frey and Osborne’s Categories in Labor Market Data for the US and Germany.
Bundling of Tasks: New Artisans and the Future of Work.
Related Workshops and Course Offerings:
Digitalization and the Future of Work. Interdisciplinary Workshop at the DGfA Annual Meeting 2017. Hannover June 2017
Man-Machine: Work 4.0. Interdisciplinary MA course. Winter term 2017/18
Püschel, J. (2016). Arbeitsmarktpolitik und Außenhandel in den USA. In C. Lammert, M. Siewert and B. Vormann (Eds.). Handbuch Politik in den USA. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
Püschel, J. (2014). Measuring Task Content and Offshorability. Applied Economics Letters 22(5).
Püschel, J. (2013). Wage Effects of U.S. Service Offshoring by Skills and Tasks. FIW Working Paper No. 107, Research Center International Economics, Austria.
Püschel, J. (2012). Task Dependence of U.S. Service Offshoring Patterns. Discussion Paper Economics, School of Business and Economics, Free University, Berlin, Germany (2012/15).
Püschel, J., & Vormann, B. (2012). Grey Zones of the Market – Public Services, Education Policies and Neoliberal Reform in the United Kingdom. In M.-C. Lall (Ed.), Policy, Discourse and Rhetoric. How New Labour Challenged Social Justice and Democracy (15-40). Amsterdam: Sense Publishers.
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