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Portrait: Prof. Dr. Christian Grund

Prof. Dr. Christian Grund

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Christian Grund is Professor of Human Resource Management and Personnel Economics at RWTH Aachen University. He studied economics and business administration at the Universities of Hannover (Diplom-Ökonom, 1997) and Bonn (Dr. rer. pol., 2001). He was a visiting scholar at Stanford University (Graduate School of Business) as well as Aarhus Business. Before he moved to Aachen in 2012, Christian Grund held professorial positions at the University of Würzburg and the University of Duisburg-Essen.


Editor in chief: German Journal of Human Ressource Management 
Research Fellow: IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor)
Research Associate: Center for Corporate Performance, Copenhagen Business School

Research interests

  • Personnel Economics
  • Employment Relations
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • HR & People Analytics
  • Behavioral Economics



Selected publications

  • The Role of Works Councils for Severance Payments. Forthcoming in: International Journal of Human Resource Management (With Johannes Martin).
  • Group (Re-) formation in public Good Games: The Tale of the Bad Apple. In: Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 145(2018), 306-319 (with Christine Harbring und Kirsten Thommes)
  • Personnel Economics: A Research Field Comes of Age. Forthcoming in: German Journal of Human Resource Management 31 (2017), 101-107 (with Alex Bryson, Robert Dur, Christine Harbring, Alexander Koch und Edward P. Lazear).( Download here
  • Social Comparisons of Wage Increases and Job Satisfaction. In: Applied Economics 49 (2017) 1345-1350 (with Maike Rubin).
  • Gender Pay Gaps among Highly Educated Professionals: Compensation Components Do Matter. In: Labour Economics 34 (2015), 118-126.
  • Management Compensation and the Economic Crisis – Longitudinal Evidence from the German Chemical Sector. In: Review of Managerial Science 9 (2015), 751-777 (with Tanja Walter).
  • Job Preferences Revealed by Employee Initiated Job Change. International Journal of Human Resource Management 24 (2013), 2825-2850.
  • Incidence and Consequences of Risk Taking Behavior in Tournaments – Evidence from the NBA. In: Economic Inquiry 51 (2013), S.1489-1501 (with Jan Höcker und Stefan Zimmermann)
  • Determinants of Further Training: Evidence for Germany. In: International Journal of Human Resource Management 23 (2012), 3536-3558.
  • Evidence on Performance Pay and Risk Aversion. In: Economics Letters 106 (2010), 8-11 (with Dirk Sliwka).
  • The Anatomy of Performance Appraisal in Germany. In: International Journal of Human Resource Management  20 (2009), 2049-2065 (with Dirk Sliwka).
  • Age Structure of the Workforce and Firm Performance. In: International Journal of Manpower 29 (2008), 410-422. (with Niels Westergård-Nielsen). 
  • The Dispersion of Employees’ Wage Increases and Firm Performance. In: Industrial and Labor Relations Review 61 (2008), 485-501 (with Niels Westergård-Nielsen).
  • Reference Dependent Preferences and the Impact of Wage Increases on Job Satisfaction: Theory and Evidence. In: Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 163 (2007), 313-335. (with Dirk Sliwka).
  • Severance Payments for Dismissed Employees in Germany. In: European Journal of Law and Economics 22 (2006), 49-71.
  • The Wage Policy of Firms – Comparative Evidence for the U.S. and Germany from Personnel Records. In: International Journal of Human Resource Management 16 (2005), 104-119.
  • Envy and Compassion in Tournaments. In: Journal of Economics & Management Strategy 14 (2005), 187-207.
  • [Complete list of publications]

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