Patrick Puhani, Prof., Dr. oec. publ., holds a Chair in Economics at Leibniz Universität Hannover and is the Director of the Institute of Labor Economics at the School of Economics and Management of Leibniz Universität Hannover. He was born in Ingolstadt, Germany (1973), and received his training in Economics at the University of Cambridge, England (Bachelor/Master of Arts with Honors, 1995/1999), the University of Munich, Germany (Dr. oec. publ., 1998), and the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (Habilitation, 2004). He worked as research fellow at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) (1995-98) as well as a senior research fellow at the same institution (1998-99). He was associate professor of Applied Econometrics at Darmstadt University of Technology (2004-06) and is full professor of Economics, particularly Labor Economics, in Hannover since 2006. In the academic year 2001-02 he was visiting scholar at the Economics Department of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA. He has spent research visits at further universities like Cornell University, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), University College London (UCL), and the Université Paris II. Puhani is a research fellow at the Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research (SIAW), University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, the Equipe de Recherche sur les Marchés, l’Emploi et la Simulation (ERMES), Université Paris II, France, and a research fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany. He is a member of the German Economic Association and the Education and Population Economics Groups of the German Economics Association. Puhani is guest-editor (joint with Stephen Machin) of a Special Issue on the Economics of Education, Policies and Empirical Evidence, of the German Economic Review. Puhani has published about 20 articles in refereed journals on Labor economics, Education and Applied Econometrics. He has directed several grant projects from donors such as the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), the European Commission, the Anglo-German Foundation, and the Volkswagen Foundation.