Sascha O. Becker
Project leader

Sascha O. Becker

Project Leader


Sascha O. Becker is Xiaokai Yang Chair of Business and Economics at Monash University, Melbourne, and part-time Professor at the University of Warwick, England. Previously, he held positions at Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich and at the University of Stirling, Scotland.

He studied Economics at the Universities of Bonn, Germany, and at the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE) in Paris, France. He obtained his Ph.D. at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence in 2001. In Spring 2000, he was a visiting scholar at the Center for Labor Economics at the University of California in Berkeley (UCB). In 2006, he spent 7 months at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD). During 2014/15 and 2018 he was a Visiting Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management.

His research has appeared in international journals, including the American Sociological Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the American Economic Review.

Featured publications

Review of Finance, February 2022

Entrepreneur Death and Startup Performance

Sascha O. Becker, Hans K. Hvide

Journal of Urban Economics, March 2021

The Impact of Public Employment: Evidence from Bonn

Sascha O. Becker, Stephan Heblich, Daniel M. Sturm

American Economic Review, May 2020

Forced Migration and Human Capital: Evidence from Post-WWII Population Transfers

Sascha O. Becker, Irena Grosfeld, Pauline Grosjean, Nico Voigtländer, Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

Journal of Economic Perspectives, Spring 2020

The Separation and Reunification of Germany: Rethinking a Natural Experiment Interpretation of the Enduring Effects of Communism

Sascha O. Becker, Lukas Mergele, Ludger Woessmann

Labour Economics, August 2019

Consequences of Forced Migration: A survey of recent findings (Adam Smith Lecture EALE 2018)

Sascha O. Becker, Andreas Ferrara

American Economic Review, May 2019

Religion, Division of Labor and Conflict: Anti-Semitism in Germany over 600 Years

Sascha O. Becker, Luigi Pascali