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Prof. Dr. Hendrik Schmitz

Prof. Dr. Hendrik Schmitz

Center of International Economics



Statistik und Quantitative Methoden der Empirischen Wirtschaftsforschung


Center for Sustainable Economy


+49 5251 60-3213
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Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn
Prof. Dr. Hendrik Schmitz
08/2014 - today

Professor (Statistik und quantitative Methoden der empirischen Wirtschaftsforschung), University Paderborn

10/2011 - 07/2014

Assistant Professor (Health Economics), University of Duisburg-Essen

04/2010 - 07/2012

RWI, Researcher, Research Division Health Economics

10/2006 - 01/2011

Dr. rer. pol. (PhD Economics), Ruhr Graduate School in Economics, University of Duisburg-Essen (summa cum laude)

10/2009 - 03/2010

University of Duisburg-Essen, Research and Teaching Assistant, Chair of Public Economics

10/2006 - 09/2009

RWI, Research Assistant, Research Division Health Economics

10/2002 - 09/2006

Diplom (master-level degree) in Economics, Free University of Berlin, Germany and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

10/2002 - 09/2002

Undergraduate Studies in Mathematics, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Discussion Papers

Freise, D., H. Schmitz and M. Westphal (2022): Late-Career Unemployment and Cognitive Abilities, Ruhr Economic Papers #965. RWI.

Schmitz, H. and M. Westphal (2022): The Dynamic and Heterogeneous Effects of Retirement on Cognitive Decline, Ruhr Economic Papers #???. RWI.

Schiele, V. and H. Schmitz (2021): Understanding Cognitive-Decline in Older Ages: The Role of Health Shocks, Ruhr Economic Papers #919. RWI.

Schmitz, H. and T. Mayrhofer (2020): Prudence and Prevention – Empirical Evidence, Ruhr Economic Papers #863. RWI.

Bünnings, C.; Schmitz, H.; Tauchmann, H. and N.R. Ziebarth (2015): "How Health Plan Enrollees Value Prices Relative to Supplemental Benefits and Service Quality," Ruhr Economic Papers #545. UDE, RWI.

Schmitz, H. and M. Stroka (2014), Do Elderly Choose Nursing Homes by Quality, Price or Location?, Ruhr Economic Papers #495. UDE, RWI.

Augurzky, B. and H. Schmitz (2010), Is there a future for small hospitals in Germany? Ruhr Economic Papers #198. RWI.

Schmitz, H. and V. Steiner (2007), Benefit-Entitlement Effects and the Duration of Unemployment – An Ex-Ante Evaluation of Recent Labour Market Reforms in Germany. IZA Discussion Paper 2681.

Refereed Journals

Freise, D., H. Schmitz and M. Westphal (2022), Late-Career Unemployment and Cognitive Abilities, Journal of Health Economics (forthcoming)

Westphal, M., D.A. Kamhöfer, and H. Schmitz (2022), Marginal College Wage Premium under Selection into Employment, Economic Journal, 132(646), 2231-2272.

Schmitz, H. and M. Stroka-Wetsch (2020), Determinants of nursing home choice – Does reported quality matter?, Health Economics, 29(7), 766-777.

Kamhöfer, D. A., H. Schmitz and M. Westphal (2019), Heterogeneity in Marginal Non-Monetary Returns to Higher Education, Journal of the European Economic Association, 17(1), 205-244

Bünnings, C.; Schmitz, H.; Tauchmann, H. and N.R. Ziebarth (2019): "The Role of Prices relative to Supplemental Benefits and Service Quality in Health Plan Choice," Journal of Risk and Insurance, 86(2), 415-449

I. Kolodziej, A. R. Reichert, and H. Schmitz (2018), New Evidence on Employment Effects of Informal Care Provision in Europe, Health Services Research, 53(4), 2027-2046

Schmitz, H. and M. Westphal (2017), Informal Care and Long-term Labor Market Outcomes, Journal of Health Economics 56,1-18

Schmitz, H. and N. Ziebarth (2017), Does price framing affect the consumer price sensitivity of health plan choice?, Journal of Human Resources, 52(1), 88-127.

Decker, S. and H. Schmitz (2016), Health Shocks and Risk Aversion, Journal of Health Economics, 50, 156-170.

Kamhöfer, D. and Schmitz, H. (2016), Reanalyzing Zero Returns to Education in Germany, Journal of Applied Econometrics, 31(5), 912–919.

Schiele, V. and Schmitz, H. (2016), Quantile treatment effects of job loss on health, Journal of Health Economics, 49, 59–69.

Göpffarth D., T. Kopetsch and H. Schmitz (2016), Determinants of regional variation in health expenditures in Germany, Health Economics, 25(7), 801–815.

Schmitz H. and M. Westphal (2015), Short-and Medium-term Effects of Informal Care Provision on Female Caregivers’ Health, Journal of Health Economics, 42, 174-185.

Mayrhofer, T. and H. Schmitz (2014), Testing the relationship between income inequality and life expectancy: A simple correction for the aggregation effect when using aggregated data, Journal of Population Economics, 27 (3), 841-856.

Keese, M. and H. Schmitz (2014), Broke, ill, and obese: Is there an effect of household debt on health?, Review of Income and Wealth, 60 (3), 525-541.

Kopetsch, T. and H. Schmitz (2014), Regional variation in the utilisation of ambulatory services in Germany, Health Economics, 23(12), 1481-1492.

Information about current research topics of Prof. Dr. Schmitz can be found here.

Courses offered by Prof. Dr. Hendrik Schmitz can be found here.

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