Lukas is an Assistant Professor in Economics at Guanghua School of Management at Peking University and a visitor at the Centre for the Study of African Economies. He leads the research on labor economics at the Mind and Behaviour Research Group. He investigates how (biased) beliefs and labor market frictions affect job-seekers and firms in urban labor markets in developing countries. One forthcoming publication examines how income shocks affect the suicide rate in Indonesia. New work examines the role of information for inclusive hiring decisions in Ethiopia and of knowledge about one’s own ability in job search in South Africa.
Lukas previously held the post of a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. He holds a DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. He previously obtained a MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford and a BSc in International Economics from the University of Tübingen.
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Researchers partner with Harambee Youth Accelerator in South Africa to investigate the potential for using skill measures to determine matches of work-seekers to job opportunities. .
Researchers test whether it is possible to nudge small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to use formal hiring channels and whether an improvement in technology will formalise hiring techniques.
Researchers examine whether positive income shocks, such as poverty alleviation programmes, can decrease suicides in Indonesia.
A large-scale survey over 58 countries shows a strong association between perceptions of insufficient government response and lower mental well-being from respondents.