I am an assistant professor of economics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. I am also an affiliate member of the CESifo Research Network (Labor Economics), an associate member of the LASER Research Network at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and a fellow of the Schöller Research Center for Business and Society.
Peer Mentoring and Online Teaching Effectiveness
Do peer mentors improve online education outcomes?
Can Peer Mentoring Improve Online Teaching Effectiveness? An RCT During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Online delivery of higher education has taken center stage but is fraught with issues of student self-organization. We conducted an RCT to study the effects of remote peer mentoring at a German university that switched to online teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mentors and mentees met one-on-one online and discussed topics like self-organization and study techniques. We find positive impacts on motivation, studying behavior, and exam registrations. The intervention did not shift earned credits on average, but we demonstrate strong positive effects on the most able students. In contrast to prior research, effects were more pronounced for male students.
R&R at Labour Economics
Remote Tutoring in Higher Education
Does small-group peer tutoring work in higher education?
Tutoring in (Online) Higher Education
Demand for personalized online tutoring in higher education is growing but there is little research on its effectiveness. We conducted an RCT offering remote peer tutoring in micro- and macroeconomics at a German university teaching online due to the Covid-pandemic. Treated students met in small groups, in alternating weeks with and without a more senior student tutor. The treatment improved study behavior and increased contact to other students. Tutored students achieve around 30% more credits and a one grade level better GPA across treated subjects. Our findings suggest that the program reduced outcome inequality. We find no impacts on mental health.
The Impact of ICT on Innovation
Did access to BITNET promote innovation?
ICT, Collaboration, and Innovation: Evidence from BITNET
Does access to technologies that reduce information and communication costs increase innovation? We examine this question by exploiting the staggered adoption of BITNET across U.S. universities in the 1980s. BITNET, an early version of the Internet, enabled e-mail-based knowledge exchange and collaboration among academics. After the adoption of BITNET, university-connected inventors increase patenting substantially. The effects are driven by collaborative patents by new inventor teams. The patents induced by ICT are closely related to science. In contrast, we neither find an effect on patents not closely related to science nor on corporate inventors unconnected to universities.
Short-listed for EPIP Young Scholar Award 2020
Accepted at Journal of Public Economics
Coverage: Ökonomenstimme (in German)
Journal of Industrial Economics, forthcoming
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 13(4): 239-270 (2021)
Coverage: Brookings, Written Description, CATO Research Brief, VoxEU, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Report "Safeguarding the Bioeconomy", Matt Clancy's New Things Under the Sun, AEA Chart of the Week, Update in Matt Clancy's New Things Under the Sun
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 12(4): 328-359 (2020)
Coverage: YouTube-EEA, Vox, Latest Thinking, New York Times, The Register, The American Prospect, Center for American Progress, Wired, Gilbert: "Innovation Matters: Competition Policy for the High-Technology Economy", AEA Chart of the Week, FAU alexander (in German), ifo Schnelldienst (in German), Works in Progress
Journal of Labor Economics 38(2): 453-500 (2020)
Coverage: BBC News, Washington Post, Education Week, Elite Network of Bavaria (in German), Harvard GSE News, The 74, NBER Reporter: Education Program Report, National Council on Teacher Quality, The Economist, Education Next, The Education Exchange, Haaretz (in Hebrew)
(with Stefan Sorg)
Research Policy 49(3): 103915 (2020)
Journal of Economic Growth 22(3): 273–311 (2017)
You can reach me at markus.nagler _at_ fau.de