Andreas Beerli

ETH Zürich
KOF Swiss Economic Institute
Leonhardstrasse 21
LEE G 116
CH-8092 Zürich, Switzerland

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Welcome to my website

I am an economist studying labor markets, immigration and crime. I work as a postdoctoral researcher at the KOF Economic Institute and at the Immigration Policy Lab, both at ETH Zurich. I have a PhD from the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich.

Most of my work uses field experiments, surveys, natural experiments and large data sets. To evaluate and improve the impact of policies and programs, I am collaborating with and supporting decision makers in the public and private sector at different levels.

Recent work studies how removing immigration restrictions for EU citizens affected native workers in Switzerland and how the digital revolution shapes the skills immigrants bring to destination countries.

You can find my CV here.


Working Papers


  • "The Labor Market Effects of Opening the Border: New Evidence from Switzerland"
    joint with Giovanni Peri (Substantial revision of NBER WP 21319)
  • Abstract Between 1999 and 2004 Switzerland fully opened its border region (BR) to cross-border workers (CBW), who are foreign residents commuting to Switzerland for work. In this paper, we exploit the timing of implementation and the fact that CBW commute almost exclusively to municipalities close to the border to estimate the effect of this policy on foreign labor supply and on native labor market outcomes, using a difference-in-difference approach. We find that opening the border to CBW increased their employment within 10 minutes of commuting time from the border by 4 to 5 percentage points. The increased inflow was mainly constituted of highly-educated workers and it was associated with an increase of wages of highly-educated Swiss workers and no significant changes of wages of other workers. We also find weak evidence that employment and hours worked by less educated native workers increased. Native highly-educated workers became more likely to fill top managerial positions after the liberalization and they became more likely to stay in border regions. Occupation upgrading and complementarity with highly-educated natives, particularly strong in high- skilled manufacturing and knowledge-intensive services, contribute to explaining these effects of CBW on natives.
  • Earlier version: Jul 2015 (NBER WP 21319)
  • featured in: VoxEU, Corriere del Ticino (italian), Le Temps July 2015, May 2016 (french), Swiss Radio (german)
  • related: Trump's quota adjustment for H-1B Visa Program USA: Tagesanzeiger (german)


  • "Demand Forces of Technical Change: Evidence from the Chinese Manufacturing Industry"
    joint with Franziska Weiss, Fabrizio Zilibotti and Josef Zweimüller
  • China Economic Review, forthcoming
  • Abstract This paper investigates the effect of domestic market size on innovation activities across different durable good industries in the Chinese manufacturing sector. We ad- dress the endogeneity of market size by an IV strategy, based on a measure of potential market size, which is driven only by changes in the Chinese income distribution. This measure is exogenous to changes in prices and qualities of durable goods and is a valid instrument for expected future market size. Our results indicate that an increase in market size by one percent leads to an increase in firm-specific total factor productivity by 0.46 percent and an increase in labor productivity by 0.50 percent. These findings are robust to controlling for export behavior of firms and supply side drivers of R&D.

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