Prof. Guido Friebel holds the Chair for Human Resources at Goethe University, Frankfurt. After completing his undergraduate studies in Bielefeld, and his Ph.D. at the Université Libre de Bruxelles he held positions at the Stockholm School of Economics, and at the Toulouse School of Economics (EHESS).​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

He has analyzed problems of institutions and organizations, in particular, HR management, the design of incentive systems, hierarchical and team organizations, gender issues in organizations, and problems of irregular migration. He collaborates with organizations in field experiments (RCTs) in order to test theories and to investigate how increasing efficiency can go along with better pay for employees and higher job satisfaction. He also has a number of projects on how digitization is changing the HR work of firms.

He is a Fellow of CEPR and IZA, one of the founding members of the Committee for Organizational Economics in the German Economic Association,  a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Sciences Po in Paris, and member of the Board of the Society of Institutional and Organizational Economics (SIOE). He is also Co-Managing Editor of The Economics of Transition.

Recent papers:

“Market Competition and Effectiveness of Performance Pay: Evidence from the Field" (co-authors Matthias Heinz, Pooyan Khashabi, Tobias Kretschmer, Nikolay Zubanov), revised and resubmitted,  Organization Science.

"Making Managers Matter" (co-authors Matthias Heinz and Nick Zubanov), invited to revise and resubmit, Management Science.

"The Long-term Consequences of a Pay Change" (co-author Miriam Krüger).
"Human Smuggling and Intentions to Migrate: Global Evidence from a Supply Shock along Africa-to-Europe Migration Routes (co-authors Miriam Manchin, Mariapia Mendola and Giovanni Prarolo), CEPR Discussion Paper 13326.

"Crime and Education in a Model of Information Transmission" (co-authors Darwin Cortes, Dario Maldonado), invited to revise and resubmit, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics.

"The Effect of Announced Downsizing on Workplace Performance: Evidence from a Retail Chain" (co-authors Matthias Heinz, Nikolay Zubanov), IZA Discussion Paper No. 9739.

"Flexibility, Specialization and Individual Productivity: Evidence from Call Center Data" (co-author Levent Yilmaz).

"What does a Referral Bonus Do?" (co-authors Matthias Heinz, Mitch Hoffman and Nick Zubanov), submitted.
"Trust the Police? Self-Selection of Motivated Agents into the German Police Force" (co-authors Michael Kosfeld, Gerd Thielmann), CESIfo Working Paper Series No. 6245, forthcoming  American Economic Journal (Microeconomics).

Selected publications:

Team Incentives and Performance: Evidence from a Retail Chain
" (co-authors Matthias Heinz, Miriam Krüger, Nick Zubanov), American Economic Review, 107 (8), 2018: 2168-2203.

Resisting Moral Wiggle Room: How Robust is Reciprocity?” (co-authors Michael Kosfeld, Julija Kulisa, Joël van der Weele), American Journal of Economics, (Microeconomics),  vol. 6, 2014: 256-264.
Media Slant against Foreign Owners: Downsizing” (co-author Matthias Heinz),  Journal of Public Economics,  vol. 120, 2014: 97-106.

Parental Leave: A Policy Evaluation of the Swedish Daddy-Month Reform” (co-authors John Ekberg, Rickard Eriksson), Journal of Public Economics, vol. 97, 2013: 131-143.
Resource Allocation and Firm Scope” (co-author Michael Raith), American Economic Journal (Microeconomics), vol. 2, 2010: 1-33.
Widening and Deepening: Reforming the European Union” (co-authors Erik Berglöf, Mike Burkart, Elena Paltseva), American Economic Review (Papers and Proceedings), vol. 98, 2008: 133-37.
Smuggling Humans: A Theory of Debt-financed Migration” (co-author Sergei Guriev), Journal of the European Economic Association, vol. 4, 2006: 1085-1111.
Abuse of Authority and Hierarchical Communication”, (co-author Michael Raith), The RAND Journal of Economics, vol. 35, 2004: 224-44.
Career Concerns in Teams” (co-authors Emmanuelle Auriol, Lambros Pechlivanos), Journal of Labor Economics , vol. 20, 2002: 289-307 .

Guido Friebel 
Human Resources Management   
Goethe University Frankfurt   
Faculty of Economics and Management