Werner Eichhorst, born in 1969, studied sociology, political science, psychology and public policy and administration at the universities of Tübingen and Konstanz. From 1996 to 1999 he was a doctoral and post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. In the autumn of 1998, he received his doctoral degree from the university of Konstanz. His thesis was on the subject of “Employment Policies and Performance in Four Small Open European Economies”. Between leaving university and 2004 he worked as a project director at the Bertelsmann foundation, where he was responsible for the project “Benchmarking Germany: labour market and employment”. From 2004, he worked at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB). Since 2005, Werner Eichhorst has been working at the Labour Research Institute IZA, taking up the post of deputy director of labor policy in April 2007. His main research areas include labour market development and the comparative analysis of labour policy strategies and reform processes.