From 2012 to 2016 Alexander Plum worked as a Research Assistant at the Chair of Public Economics. In his studies he analyzed the effect of low wage employment on the future employment and income prospects. Focus of his research was to identify the effect of a low-paid employment on the labor market and earnings prospects. Starting point was to derive whether low wages provide a springboard to better paid jobs or whether labor market prospects are deteriorated when starting working in the low-wage sector.
In his research Mr. Plum presents evidence that working in a low-paid job is especially helpful for long-term unemployed or when the job is associated with a high occupational skill level. Moreover, the local labor market conditions have a substantial impact on the future labor market position: a low-wage employment is especially helpful in areas that are marked by a high level of unemployment.
For his empirical studies, he developed econometric estimation procedures and made them available for the research community. Moreover, Alexander Plum presented his findings on numerous international conferences and workshops. His papers are published in various economic journals, among them Economics Letters and the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy.
After completing his PhD Thesis Mr. Plum worked as a policy advisor at the German Federal Ministry of Finance. Since November 2017, he works in the team of the NZ Work Research Institute (NZWRI) at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), currently as a Senior Research Fellow.