René Böheim

University Assistant

Research Interests

Labour Economics, Industrial Relations, Family Economics, Applied Microeconomics

Curriculum Vitae

Tenured post-doctoral economist, JKU Linz

Visting Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business

Consultant for Labor Market Research, Austrian Institute of Economic Research

Member of the Standing Field Committee for Population Economics

Committee on Plagiarism, RePEc

Scientific Board, Austrian Institute for Family Studies

Visiting Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Visiting Professor at the Karl-Franzens University Graz

Schumpeter Fellow, Whitehead Center, Harvard University

Habilitation in Economics, JKU Linz

Visiting Scholar, Center for Labor Economics, UC Berkeley

Assistant Professor, Deparment of Economics, JKU Linz

Researcher, Seminar for Applied Economic Research, LMU Munich

PhD in Economics, University of Essex, Colchester

Senior Research Officer, ISER, University of Essex, Colchester

Research Officer, ISER, University of Essex, Colchester 

Post-graduate studies, Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS), Vienna 

Student of Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business

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Current Projects


We analyze earnings volatility, labor market volatility, and earnings mobility in Austria using administrative tax records. The tax records contain information from about 143 million pay-slips for the years 1994—2012. They can be matched with data from the Austrian Social Security Database (ASSD) (Zweimüller et al., 2009). The project focuses on three main questions, how individuals’ earnings and labor market attachment vary over time, over their lives, and how their social position affect their children’s outcomes. The answers to these questions are of immediate relevance for both a deeper understanding of how labor market dynamics impact our society and for informing policy debates.


Duration: 2022-2024

Financed by OeNB, Jubiläumsfond (18710)

Closed Projects


together with Dr. Mario Lackner. Financed by the Jubiläumsfonds der Oesterreichischen Nationalbank, grant number 16242.

Laboratory experiments show that women differ from men in their risk-taking. This difference can potentially explain other differences between women and men, for example, in labor market performance. However, risk-taking is rarely analyzed in the field because typically only chosen strategies are observed (and, in contrast to the lab, no alternative strategies). We analyze the risk-taking of professional male and female athletes during competitions where we distinguish between        more and less risky choices. We analyze situations which differ in competitive pressure as athletes might choose more risky strategies in more competitive situations.

More here (PDF).



together with Christine Zulehner, Klemens Himpele (Statistik Austria), Hedwig Lutz (WiFo) and Helmut Mahringer (WiFo). This project was funded by the Jubiläumsfonds of the Austrian National Bank (grant number 12975). 

We construct a new unique data set from existing survey and administrative data, namely data from the Austrian micro-census and from the Austrian social security records to analyse the effects of the employment history of individuals on the gender wage gap. We investigate the influence of actual job experience, maternity/paternity breaks and household composition on the gender wage gap, building on earlier work (Böheim, Hofer, and Zulehner, 2007).


  • "The distribution of the gender wage gap in Austria: Evidence from matched employer-employee data and tax-records", 2012, Journal for Labour Market Research, forthcoming, with Klemens Himpele, Helmut Mahringer, and Christine Zulehner. 
  • "The gender wage gap in Austria: Eppur si muove!", 2012, Empirica, forthcoming, with Klemens Himpele, Helmut Mahringer, and Christine Zulehner. 



together with Ulrike Mühlberger and Andrea Weber (funded by the Jubiläumsfonds of the Austrian National Bank, grant number 11090). We explore the dynamics of flexible work arrangements and investigate whether or not flexible work may be a tool to integrate individuals into the labour market. Our main research questions are the following: Does flexible work enhance the chances of regular work in the medium-term? Do workers in flexible contracts suffer wage penalties after switching to regular employment?

We look at labour market transitions and medium-term wage penalties of part-time and marginal workers as well temporary and agency workers, comparing four different European countries (Austria, Germany, Italy and the UK). In contrast to most research output in this area, we go beyond a short-term, cross-sectional analysis, providing a comparative and dynamic view of the consequences of flexible work for employees.

More Details here (PDF).