Patrick Arni
Research Fellow

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Arni Patrick Arni received his PhD from the Department of Economics at HEC Lausanne. He was recently a visiting scholar at the Center of Labor Economics at UC Berkeley. Previously, he completed the PhD program of the Swiss National Bank Study Center Gerzensee, and he was a visiting scholar at Tilburg University. Patrick obtained a Master's degree from University of Zurich and did additional studies at University of Geneva.

His research focuses on the empirical analysis of public policies and applied microeconometrics. Current fields of application are in labor, education, health and social policy. In particular, he analyzes the effect of the design, incentives and policy programs in unemployment insurance, welfare and other public policies. This includes labor market policies, sanctions & monitoring, benefit schemes etc. Further strands of research are the analysis of job search behavior (like the role of effort decisions, information, networks) and the evaluation of the impacts of beliefs, relative assessments and overconfidence on different economic outcomes.

Further, he specializes in the collection of novel combinations of register and survey data. One current line of projects links different types of large-scale register data in Switzerland, exploring also possible opportunities for "big data" analysis methods. Moreover, he is involved in the design and evaluation of several randomized field experiments in unemployment insurance. Further data projects focus on the development of survey measures for individual beliefs and over-/underconfidence with respect to different economic outcomes. See also the research homepage for further details.

He became an IZA Research Affiliate in November 2010 and was an IZA Research Associate from September 2011 until October 2016.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
10353  Patrick Arni
Amelie Schiprowski
Strengthening Enforcement in Unemployment Insurance: A Natural Experiment
9617  Patrick Arni
Opening the Blackbox: How Does Labor Market Policy Affect the Job Seekers' Behavior? A Field Experiment
9457  Patrick Arni
Gerard J. van den Berg
Rafael Lalive
Treatment versus Regime Effects of Carrots and Sticks
8951  Patrick Arni
Amelie Schiprowski
The Effects of Binding and Non-Binding Job Search Requirements
7971  Patrick Arni
Marco Caliendo
Steffen Künn
Klaus F. Zimmermann
The IZA Evaluation Dataset Survey: A Scientific Use File
(revised version published in: IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, 2014, 3(6), 1-20 [Open Access])
4509  Patrick Arni
Rafael Lalive
Jan C. van Ours
How Effective Are Unemployment Benefit Sanctions? Looking Beyond Unemployment Exit
(revised version (including technical online appendix) published in: Journal of Applied Econometrics, 2013, 28 (7), 1153–1178)
IZA Standpunkte:
No. Author(s)
70 Patrick Arni
Werner Eichhorst
Alexander Spermann
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Mindestlohnevaluation jetzt und nicht erst 2020
(published in: Wirtschaftsdienst, 2014, 94(6), 403-406 [open access])
65 Patrick Arni
Werner Eichhorst
Nico Pestel
Alexander Spermann
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Kein Mindestlohn ohne unabhängige wissenschaftliche Evaluation
(fundamentally revised version published in: Schmollers Jahrbuch. Journal of Applied Social Science Studies, 2014, 134 (2), 149-182.)
52 Patrick Arni
Kausale Evaluation von Pilotprojekten: Die Nutzung von Randomisierung in der Praxis
(published in: LeGes – Gesetzgebung und Evaluation, 2012/3, 23 (3), 355-386)
IZA Research Reports:
Patrick Arni
Amelie Schiprowski
Report No. 71: Evaluation der AVIG-Revision 2011 (Taggelder für Junge, Sanktionierungen) und Analyse der Wirkung von Suchvorgaben mittels Arbeitsbemühungen
Summary report of three scientific studies; mandated by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Bonn 2016 (100 pages)
Patrick Arni
Amelie Schiprowski
Report No. 70: Die Rolle von Erwartungshaltungen in der Stellensuche und der RAV-Beratung - Teilprojekt 2: Pilotprojekt Jobchancen-Barometer
Report based on a study conducted for the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Bonn 2015 (154 pages), overview article published in: Die Volkswirtschaft, 12/2015, 50-53 (German | French)
Werner Eichhorst
Patrick Arni
Florian Buhlmann
Ingo E. Isphording
Verena Tobsch
Report No. 68: Wandel der Beschäftigung: Polarisierungstendenzen auf dem deutschen Arbeitsmarkt
Forschungsbericht zu einem Projekt im Auftrag der Bertelsmann Stiftung, Bonn 2015 (86 Seiten)
Patrick Arni
Conny Wunsch
Report No. 62: Die Rolle von Erwartungshaltungen in der Stellensuche und der RAV-Beratung (Teilprojekt 1)
Report based on a study conducted for the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Bonn 2014 (133 pages), short overview published in: Die Volkswirtschaft, 5-2014, 52-54 (German | French)
Giuliano Bonoli
Rafael Lalive
Daniel Oesch
Nicolas Turtschi
Anna von Ow
Patrick Arni
Pierpaolo Parrotta
Report No. 60: L’impact des réseaux sociaux sur le retour à l’emploi des chômeurs (The impact of social networks on re-employment)
Report based on a study conducted for the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Bonn 2014 (97 pages)