Armin Falk News Update – Armin Falk, Professor of Economics at the University of Bonn and CEO of briq, is reportedly set to assume leadership at IZA starting January 1, 2024, as the current CEO of IZA, Simon Jager, has decided to depart from his leadership role at IZA by the end of 2023 in mutual agreement with the Deutsche Post Foundation.
Both IZA and the Deutsche Post Foundation lament this decision and wish to convey their appreciation to Simon Jager for his outstanding efforts and contributions to the continued progress of IZA. The recent reorganization of the Deutsche Post Foundation’s research institutes, unveiled today, has sparked reactions across the internet.
A netizen said, “I don’t know what the background is but I am very shocked (and terribly sad!) by this news. I think this decision could have enormous ramifications for the IZA network and the Labor Econ community.”
“In the next few days, I will be thinking about how to best formally express my deep concerns. If you are also concerned and would like to reach out, please do,” they added.
If this change at @iza_bonn goes through and Armin Falk becomes boss on 1/1, I will resign my appointment.
This is a tough thing for me to say, because it’s hard to overstate how important this affiliation is for me, being located far from the center of the academic world. 1/2
— Josh Merfeld (@Josh_Merfeld) November 10, 2023
Who is Armin Falk?
Armin Falk serves as the Professor of Economics at the University of Bonn and holds the position of Chief Executive Officer at briq. Specializing in behavioral, experimental, and labor economics, his research centers on understanding the determinants and consequences of time, risk, and social preferences, as well as exploring sources of inequality, early childhood development, and the adaptability of moral behavior.
Armin Falk has been honored with two ERC grants and notable awards, including the Gossen Prize in 2008, the Leibniz Prize in 2009, and the Yrjö Jahnsson Award in 2011. He actively contributes to academic discourse, participating as an organizer or keynote speaker in various conferences and summer schools.
As a Fellow of the European Economic Association and the Econometric Society, Armin Falk holds several key roles, including Director of the Bonn Laboratory for Experimental Economics and affiliations with institutions such as J-PAL, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Centre for Economic Policy (CEPR), CESifo, and the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.
Please find below an official IZA statement regarding the reorganization of the Deutsche Post Foundation’s research institutes, which was released today:
Dear IZA network members,
The Deutsche Post Foundation is undergoing a period of change and has decided to reorganize its research institutes. This involves changes in the strategic direction of both the IZA Institute of Labor Economics and the Briq Institute on Behavior & Inequality as well as in the funding of the research institutes.
As part of this transformation, the briq Institute will be integrated into IZA, and the Berlin location of IZA will be closed down. As a consequence of these developments, the current CEO of IZA, Simon Jäger, has decided to depart from his leadership role at IZA by the end of 2023 in mutual agreement with the Deutsche Post Foundation.
Both IZA and the Deutsche Post Foundation regret this decision and would like to express their gratitude to Simon Jäger for his exceptional work and his contributions to the further development of IZA. Effective January 1, 2024, Armin Falk, the current CEO of the briq Institute, will take over the leadership of IZA.
We would like to emphasize that the reorganization of the Bonn-based institutes does not affect the activities of the global IZA network, which will continue to be coordinated by IZA Research Director Ingo Isphording.
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