Research Fellow, NZ Work Research Institute
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5383
- PhD Economics, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany), 2016
- Diploma in Economics, Free University Berlin (Germany), 2009
- Intermediate Diploma in Economics, University of Mannheim (Germany), 2006
Memberships and Affiliations:
- Federal Ministry of Finance, Berlin (Germany)
Directorate-General I: Economic and fiscal policy strategy; international economy and finance
Division I B 6: Demographic trends; social welfare state
Policy Advisor, 07/2016 – 11/2017
- Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Magdeburg (Germany)
Chair of Public Economics
Research Assistant, 04/2012 - 07/2016
- DIW econ, Berlin (Germany)
Economic Consultancy of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
Analyst, 03/2010 - 03/2012
- German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Berlin (Germany)
Research Cluster: Energy, Transportation, Environment
Student Research Assistant, 10/2008 - 09/2009
- Labour economics and social welfare
- Applied economics and econometrics
- Survey and administrative data
Focus of my research is the identification of income inequality and its effect on the labour market and earnings prospects. For example, a crucial question is to derive whether low wages provide a springboard to better paid jobs or whether labour market prospects are deteriorated when starting working in the low-wage sector. Furthermore, I design econometric estimation procedure and apply them to real world data.
Current Research Projects:
- Evaluating within-year variation in income inequality measures: Evidence from administrative data, with Gail Pacheco, & Melanie Borah.
- Persistence in low-pay employment, with Gail Pacheco.
- Unemployment scarring increases over the life cycle, with Sara Ayllón.
- Determinants of early retirement in UK, with Ricky Kanabar.
- Neighbourhood effects on low pay dynamics: Empirical evidence for England, with Gundi Knies (submitted).
- The British low wage sector and the employment prospects of the unemployed, Invited for Revise & Resubmission at Applied Economics.
- Plum, Alexander (2018). The British Low-Wage Sector and the Employment Prospects of the Unemployed. Accepted for publication in Applied Economics.
- Plum, Alexander (2017). Becoming unemployed and poor in Great Britain. Applied Economics Letters, 24(18), 1289-1293.
- Plum, Alexander (2016a). Can Low-Wage Employment Help People Escape from the No-Pay – Low-Income Trap? B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 16(4).
- Plum, Alexander (2016b). Reconsidering the Interrelated Dynamics of Unemployment and Low-Wage Employment in Great Britain. Economics Bulletin, 36(2), 1230-1241.
- Plum, Alexander (2016c). bireprob: An estimator for bivariate random-effects probit models. Stata Journal, 16(1), 96-111.
- Plum, Alexander & Ayllón, Sara (2015). Heterogeneity in unemployment state dependence. Economics Letters, 136, 85-87.
- Plum, Alexander (2014). Simulated multivariate random-effects probit models for unbalanced panels. Stata Journal, 14, 259-279.
- Knabe, Andreas & Plum, Alexander (2013). Low-wage jobs - A springboard to high-paid ones?. Labour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, 27, 310-330.
- Cochrane, Bill, Fletcher, Michael, Pacheco, Gail & Plum, Alexander (2018). Low pay in New Zealand. Report for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Wellington, NZ.
- Knies, Gundi & Plum, Alexander (2017). Does it pay off to work on a low wage? In: Insights 2017: Findings from the UK Household Longitudinal Study. Editors: Benzeval M, Hamilton C, Kanabar R, Parsons R, Patel R: p 10-11. Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), Essex, UK.
- Young Economics Session of the XXIV. Villa Mondragone International Economic Seminar (Rome, Italy). Best paper: Low-Wage Jobs-Springboard to High-Paid Ones?