Joachim R. Frick (b. 1962, d. December 16, 2011), studied economics, sociology and management at the University of Trier and at Clark University in Worcester, MA (USA). He acquired an MA in economics (Diplom-Volkswirt) in 1988 at the University of Trier. He received a Ph.D. in Social Science (Dr. rer. soc.) at the Ruhr-University of Bochum in 1996 and a Habilitation degree in Empirical Economics at the Berlin University of Technology (TU Berlin) in 2006, where he was acting professor (Lehrstuhlvertretung) for "Empirical Economics" at the Faculty for Economics & Management over the academic year 2008-2009. He was an IZA Research Fellow since 2004.
In January 1989, Joachim R. Frick started as a research economist at DIW Berlin. Since 2004 he was Deputy Director of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP). As Head of the SOEP Research Data Center (RDC) Joachim R. Frick was in charge of coordinating the inclusion of SOEP data in a range of cross-national comparative panel databases (CNEF, ECHP, CHER). Over the period 2003-06 he was Head of Services of the EPUNet (European Panel Users Network), an EU-financed project targeted at enhancing the use of ECHP. During 2006-2009 Frick was Co-PI of the project AIM-AP (Accurate Income Measurement for the Assessment of Public Policies funded by the EU`s 6th FP) focussing on the relevance of various types of non-cash incomes for economic well-being as well as on determinants of non-take up of social benefits in cross-national perspective. Starting in 2009 he was Co-PI of the project "Cross-national Research on the Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage (CRITA)" funded by the Russel-Sage-Foundation (RSF) and the project "Life course, Ageing and Well-being (LAW)" funded by the Volkswagen-Foundation for the period 2009-11.
General research interests were in the fields of welfare economics (e.g. wealth and income inequality, mobility, subjective wellbeing), immigration as well as in methodological issues related to the measurement of economic outcomes (item-non-response, imputation, non-cash incomes).
Peer reviewed journal articles are included in Oxford Economic Papers, Review of Income and Wealth, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of European Social Policy, Population Research and Policy Review, Regional Studies, Journal of Housing Economics, Allgemeines Statistisches Archiv, Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik, Social Indicators Research, Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, International Migration Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Ageing & Society and Journal of Comparative Economics.
In February 2011 – together with Jürgen Schupp – he took over responsibility as Interims Department Head of the SOEP.
On December 16, 2011, Joachim R. Frick passed away.
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