Spotlight: Promoting Young Scholars Christina Langer

One of the things PILLARS takes pride in is in promoting young talent. This month the spotlight is on Christina Langer, a scholar at the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.

Christina made her first big splash with a paper she wrote with two colleagues on whether working from home was just a pandemic-fuelled short-term trend or whether it may be here to stay. The striking thing was the method used: trawling through more than 35 million job ads. The paper inspired several articles in such influential German media as Handelsblatt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Süddeutsche Zeitung and N-TV.

She has also completed an academic visit at Harvard and was chosen as a member of the selective Cross Harvard Study Group on Future of Work from a pool of approximately 100 applicants, for her knowledge and perspective on future of work issues. She participated in five cross-school learning sessions over the course of the semester and led on an applied learning project with the State of Connecticut.

She has expanded the above with an academic visit to the Swiss Leading House VPET-ECON, a Research Centre on the Economics of Education, Firm Behaviour and Training Policies in Zurich. In this same city she was invited to give a talk on “The Economic Impact of Skills: New Evidence from Apprenticeship Plans” at the University of Zurich Lunch Talk Series. Back in her home country, she gave a presentation at the IAB Young Researchers Brown Bag in Nuremberg.

Christina has also kept busy with presentations on the above at various venues, such as a BGPE Workshop, the 2021 Industry Studies Association Annual Conference, AEDE, EEA, EALE, IZA Jobs and Development Conference, and a PILLARS Internal Research Seminar.

To further foster her talent, she has been granted a doctoral scholarship by the Bavarian Graduate Programme in Economics.

With Christina, the future of work appears to be in very good hands.

Spotlight Christina Langer