Rainer Eppel has been an economist at WIFO in the Research Group "Labour Market, Income and Social Security" since 2008. In
2012 he was also a visiting researcher and subsequently a research affiliate at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
He graduated in Economics in 2008, in Political Science (both at the University of Vienna) in 2009 and received his doctorate
in Economics (Vienna University of Economics and Business) in 2014. In his dissertation he investigated the effectiveness
of active labour market policy measures in Austria. His research focusses on the empirical analysis of labour market developments
and the evaluation of labour market policy, in particular microeconometric analysis on the basis of individual data from Austrian
social security and the Public Employment Service Austria. In numerous research projects on behalf of institutions such as
the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, the Public Employment Service Austria and the International Labour Organisation (ILO),
lectures, publications in international refereed journals and activities as a referee, he is devoting himself above all to
unemployment and political measures for reintegration into working life, in addition to topics such as labour market segmentation
and interactions between social security and employment. Rainer Eppel is also a lecturer at the Danube University Krems.