Short Bio

I studied economics at the University of Heidelberg (graduation 1989). Then I moved to the Economics Department of the University of Mannheim to finish my PhD in 1994 under the supervision of Professor Dr. Heinz König. Following the ‘old German model’ I completed my habilitation at the same place in 1996. During these times, I spent one year at the London School of Economics (1986/7) and at Harvard University (John-F. Kennedy fellow in 1994/5).

Since 1998 I am a Professor of Econometrics in St. Gallen. I am also co-head of the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research (SEW), which is a fine research institute of the University of St. Gallen dedicated to excellent empirical research. A major part of my research focuses on developing and improving econometric methods for causal analysis in the field of microeconometrics. I am currently particularly interested in how to use machine learning methods to obtain credible causal effects in large (or Big) data settings. My other research interests are related to economic questions coming from sports economics as well as labour and health economics for which I try to provide some empirical evidence (together with my team at SEW).

I am a research fellow of several networks, like CEPR, CESifo, and IZA, as well as being a member of the German Academy of Science Leopoldina. For more details, please see my CV. The homepage of my team is located at the Swiss Institute of Empirical Economic Research at the University of St. Gallen (SEW).

My publications, incl. internet appendices, can be found below on these webpages while my discussion papers can be located at REPEC. I am also on Google scholar and Research Gate.

My group and I are currently also active in prediction the season outcomes of the German soccer Bundesliga 1 using a combination of simulation, econometric estimators, and machine learning tools. Some description of what we are doing and the latest results can be found on the website of our sports economics group.



Swiss Institute of Empirical Economic Research
(Schweizerisches Institut für empirische Wirtschaftsforschung, SEW-HSG)
University of St. Gallen
Varnbüelstr. 14
CH-9000 St. Gallen
Michael.lechner at