Team

Prof. Ronny Freier, Ph.D.

Role
Research Associate
Assistant Professor
Department
Public Economics
Field(s) of work
Fiscal Policy
Key activities

Regional Economics, Applied Econometrics, Political Economics, Public Finance, Labor Economics

    Publications at DIW Berlin

    DIW Economic Bulletin (29/30 / 2016)

    Transforming Berlin from a Startup Hub into an Economically Thriving Metropolis: Editorial

    Marcel Fratzscher, Martin Gornig, Ronny Freier, Alexander S. Kritikos
    DIW Economic Bulletin (29/30 / 2016)

    Public Investment in the Berlin State Budget: Education and Transport Are Falling Short

    Felix Arnold, Johannes Brinkmann, Maximilian Brill, Ronny Freier
    DIW Wochenbericht (29 / 2016)

    Berlin: Von der Start-up-Hauptstadt zur Wachstumsmetropole?: Editorial

    Marcel Fratzscher, Martin Gornig, Ronny Freier, Alexander S. Kritikos
    DIW Wochenbericht (29 / 2016)

    Investitionstätigkeit in Berlin: Schulen und Verkehr kommen zu kurz

    Felix Arnold, Johannes Brinkmann, Maximilian Brill, Ronny Freier
    DIW Wochenbericht (26 / 2016)

    Jura-Prädikat hat eine stark positive Signalwirkung auf das Einkommen

    Ronny Freier, Moritz Schubert, Mathias Schumann, Thomas Siedler

    Vorträge am DIW Berlin

  • Vortrag World Renaissance: Changing Roles for People and Places : 55th ERSA Congress
    Lissabon, Portugal, 25.08.2015 - 28.08.2015

    Finding Your Right (or Left) Partner to Merge
    Ronny Freier, Benjamin Bruns, Abel Schumann

  • Vortrag World Renaissance: Changing Roles for People and Places : 55th ERSA Congress
    Lissabon, Portugal, 25.08.2015 - 28.08.2015

    (Not) in My Backyard? The Impact of Citizen Initiatives on Housing Supply in Germany
    Thorsten Martin, Felix Arnold, Ronny Freier

  • Vortrag Taxation in a Global Economy : 71st Annual Conference of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF 2015)
    Dublin, Irland, 20.08.2015 - 23.08.2015

    Voting for Direct Democracy : Evidence from a Unique Popular Initiative in Bavaria
    Felix Arnold, Ronny Freier, Magdalena Pallauf, David Stadelmann

  • Vortrag Taxation in a Global Economy : 71st Annual Conference of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF 2015)
    Dublin, Irland, 20.08.2015 - 23.08.2015

    Overlapping Political Budget Cycles
    Dirk Foremny, Ronny Freier, Marc-Daniel Moessinger, Mustafa Yeter

  • Vortrag 26th Annual Conference of the European Association of Labour Economists : EALE 2014
    Ljubljana, Slowenien, 18.09.2014 - 20.09.2014

    The Economic Returns to Graduating with Honors : Evidence from Law Graduates
    Mathias Schumann, Ronny Freier, Thomas Siedler

  • CV - Short Version

    Education:
    Studies in Economics (Master equiv.) at the Freien Universität Berlin (2000—2006), Ph.D. studies in Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics (2006--2011), Ph.D. Thesis on „Incumbency, divided government, partisan politics and council size: Essays in local political economics", Supervisors: Prof. Magnus Johannesson und Prof. Henrik Jordahl. Research visits at the Stanford University (2004/05), the Ca’ Foscari University Venedig (Fall 2007), the LMU Munich (Summer 2008), the IEB Barcelona (Fall 2013) as well as the Princeton University (2008/09).

    Academic Posiion:
    Since October 2014: Assistant professor at the FU Berlin.
    Since September 2011: Postdoc at DIW Berlin.

    Recent Work:

    1. Partisan effects of voter turnout: How Conservatives Profit from Rainy Election Days (with Felix Arnold). DIW Discussion Papers 1463. Submitted to a journal.
    2. Finding the right (or left) partner to merge. An analysis of the political determinants of minicipality mergers (with Benjamin Bruns und Abel Schumann). DIW Discussion Papers 1467 | PDF, 2.02 MB . Submitted to a journal.
    3. When Can We Trust Population Thresholds in Regression Discontinuity Designs (with Florian Ade). DIW Discussion Papers 1136. | PDF, 0.63 MB
    4. Incumbency as the Major Advantage: The electoral advantage for parties of incumbent mayors. DIW Discussion Papers 1147 | PDF, 0.92 MB .
    5. Do Parties Matter? Estimating the Effect of Political Power in Multi-party systems (with Christian Odendahl). DIW Discussion Papers 1205 | PDF, 0.51 MB .
    6. Do Absolute Majorities Spend Less?: Evidence from Germany (with Christian Odendahl). DIW Discussion Papers 1239 | PDF, 429.37 KB .
    7. The Treatment Effect of Attending a High-Quality School and the Influence of Unobservables (with Johanna Storck). DIW Discussion Papers 1256 | PDF, 2.99 MB .
    8. Voters prefer more qualified mayors, but does it matter for public finances? (with Sebastian Thomasius). DIW Discussion Papers 1262 | PDF, 1.28 MB .
    9. Religious Heterogeneity and Fiscal Policy - Evidence from German Reunification (with Joshua Holm and Benny Geys). DIW Discussion Papers 1266 | PDF, 4.43 MB .
    10. Overlapping Political Budget Cycles in the Legislative and the Executive (with Dirk Foremny, Marc-Daniel Moessinger and Mustafa Yeter). DIW Discussion Papers 1429 | PDF, 0.7 MB .
    11. Voting for Direct Democracy: Evidence from a Unique Popular Initiative in Bavaria (with Felix Arnold, Magdalena Pallauf and David Stadelmann). DIW Discussion Papers 1435 | PDF, 3.96 MB .

     

    Publications:

    1. Race to the Debt Trap? Spatial Econometric Evidence on Debt in German Municipalities (with Frank Fossen and Thorsten Martin). Regional Science and Urban Economics (2015), Vol. 53, pp. 20-37.
    2. The Earnings Returns to Graduating with Honors: Evidence from Law Graduates (with Mathias Schumann and Thomas Siedler). Labour Economics (2015), Vol. 34, pp. 39-50.
    3. Signature Requirements and Citizen Initiatives: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Germany (with Felix Arnold), Public Choice, Vol. 162(1) (2015), pp. 43-56.
    4. Incumbency effects in government and opposition: Evidence from Germany (with Florian Ade and Christian Odendahl),  European Journal of Political Economy, 2014, Vol. 36(C), pp.117-134. (Revised version of DIW Discussion Papers 1177.
    5. Divided Government versus Incumbency Externality Effect: Quasi-experimental evidence on multiple voting decisions (with Florian Ade), European Economic Review, 2013, Vol. 64, pp. 1-20. (Revised Version of DIW Discussion Papers 1121).
    6. ‘Marginal Employment' and the Demand for Heterogeneous Labour: Empirical evidence from a multi-factor labour demand model for Germany (with Viktor Steiner), Applied Economics Letters, 2010, Vol. 17, Issue 12, pp. 1177-1182. (Revised version of DIW Discussion Papers No. 662).
    7. ‘Marginal Employment': Stepping Stone or Dead End? (with  Viktor Steiner), Journal of Labor Market Research, 2008, Vol. 2/3, pp. 223-244. (Revised version of DIW Discussion Papers No. 744).

    Weekly Reports:

    Acht Jahre nach der Reform der Grunderwerbsteuer: Bundesländer nutzen ihre Spielräume für Steuererhöhungen (with Sergej Bechtoldt, Johannes Geyer and Frank Kühn), DIW Wochenbericht 50, 2014 | PDF, 0.66 MB .

    Kommunale Verschuldung in Deutschland: Struktur verstehen - Risiken abschätzen (with Verena Grass), DIW Wochenbericht 16, 2013 | PDF, 439.05 KB .

    Non-refereed publications

    Kommunaler Finanzreport der Kommunen Deutschlands 2015 (with Felix Arnold, Florian Böttcher, Rene Geissler and Benjamin Holler). Bertelsmann Stiftung, forthcoming.

    Wirtschaftspolitik in Ostdeutschland: Erfahrungen und Perspektiven (with Christian Odendahl). Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (2015): 50 Jahre deutsche Einheit, forthcoming.