Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel
Chair of Methods of Empirical Social Research
University of Bamberg
office hours: Monday, 12-1pm. Please make first an appointment via email.
Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel graduated from the University of Mannheim with Diplomas in Economics (2005) and Social Sciences (2006). He also completed a post-graduate research MA in Economics (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies) at UCL Louvain-la-Neuve. He worked as a research associate at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) (2006-10) and as an assistant lecturer for the Chair of Sociology (Societal Comparison) at the University of Mannheim (2009-11). His doctoral degree in Sociology was earned in 2010. In 2011 he was appointed as a Junior Professor of Labour Market Sociology at the University of Mannheim and was appointed Full Professor of Methods of Empirical Social Research at the University of Oldenburg in 2014. The University of Bamberg welcomed him in 2014 with an appointment as a Full Professor of Methods of Empirical Social Research. In 2015-18 he was co-coordinator of the EU-Horizon2020 project "Social Exclusion of Youth in Europe: Cumulative Disadvantage, Coping Strategies, Effective Policies and Transfer“ (EXCEPT), which was funded with 2.5 Mio Euro and involved 58 researchers from 9 countries. In 2015-19 he was coordinator of the VolkswagenStiftung research project "Opportunities and Barriers at the Transition from Education to Work. A Comparative Youth Study in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Tajikistan" (TEW-CCA) (2015-19), which was funded with 0.4 Mio Euro and involved 20 researchers from 4 countries.
Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel has received a 1.4 Mio Euro European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for the project "The socio-economic consequences of temporary employment: A comparative panel data analysis" (SECCOPA) (2018-23). He is MC-Member and Co-Leader of the Working Group 1 “Disadvantages in youth employment” of the EU-Horizon2020 COST Action CA17114 YOUNG-IN (2018-22). He is also scientific co-head of pillar 5 ‘Returns to education in the life course’ of the National Education Panel Study (NEPS) (since 2015) and Research Affiliate (since 2019) at the Leibniz-Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi). In 2018 Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel became member of the "Young Elite" - "Top40 under 40" in the category Society and Science in Germany. Since 2020 he is the leading liason professor of the German National Academic Foundation at the University of Bamberg. Since 2021 he is Board Member and Treasurer of the European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR). Since 2022 he is Associate Editor of the SSCI-listed journal European Sociological Review.
In addition to teaching introductory methods courses, he specializes in methods of causal inference. He also regularly offers courses in multilevel analysis with comparative microdata, panel data analysis, and advanced regression analysis.
- Life course research, esp. transition to adulthood (school-to-work transition, family formation)
- Unemployment and non-standard employment
- returns to education
- Effects of education and work on subjective well-being and health
- Longitudinal data analysis
- Methods of modern causal analysis
- Multilevel analysis of comparative micro data
Research on countries in:
- Western/Eastern Europe
- Middle East
- Caucasus and Central Asia
- East Asia
Recent Publications (last 12 months + forthcoming):
Lettau, J., M. Gebel and G. Heineck (2022). Health returns to education across the life course: Measuring health in children and youth at the National Educational Panel Study. NEPS Survey Paper No. 95. Bamberg, Germany: Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, National Educational Panel Study. Download (open access!)
Goldan, J., L. Nusser and M. Gebel (2022). School-related subjective well-being of children with and without special educational needs in inclusive classrooms. Child Indicators Research (SSCI-listed journal) Download (open access!)
Unt, M, M. Gebel, S. Bertolini, V. Deliyanni-Kouimtzi and D. Hofäcker (2021). Social exclusion of youth in Europe. The multifaceted consequences of labour market insecurity. Bristol: The Policy Press. Download (open access!)
Bertolini, S., V. Deliyanni-Kouimtzis, M. Gebel, D. Hofäcker and M. Unt (2021). Youth transitions and risk of social exclusion: integrating perspectives. In M. Unt, M, M. Gebel, S. Bertolini, V. Deliyanni-Kouimtzi and D. Hofäcker (eds). Social exclusion of youth in Europe. The multifaceted consequences of labour market insecurity. Bristol: The Policy Press, 362-377. Download (open access!)
Gebel, M., M. Unt, S. Bertolini, V. Deliyanni-Kouimtzis, and D. Hofäcker (2021). Introduction: Youth transitions in times of labour market insecurity. In M. Unt, M, M. Gebel, S. Bertolini, V. Deliyanni-Kouimtzi and D. Hofäcker (eds). Social exclusion of youth in Europe. The multifaceted consequences of labour market insecurity. Bristol: The Policy Press, 1-27. Download (open access!)
Gebel, M., K. Gatskova and T. Karabchuk (2021). Gender differences among youth: Education to job transitions in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Tajikistan. In T. Karabchuk, K. Kumo, E. Skoglund and K. Gatskova (eds.) Gendering post-Soviet space: Demography, labor market and values in empirical research. Singapore: Springer, 49-71. Download
Lin, W.H. and M. Gebel (2021). Education tracking and adolescent smoking: A counterfactual and prospective cohort study. Addiction. (SSCI-listed journal) Download (open access!)
Events from the past 12 months:
[May 19, 2022] Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel held a presentation on “Young people’s labor market transitions and intergenerational support. Evidence from German panel data." at the YCOST Action CA17114 YOUNG-IN WG1 Workshop in Lisbon.
[Apr 22, 2022] Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel held a presentation on “The effect of temporary contracts on wages: Evidence from international comparative analyses” at the Research Colloquium of the Department of Sociology in Tilburg.
[Dec 2, 2021] Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel participated at the roundtable discussion on „Cross-national perspectives on panel studies and the future of POLPAN“ at the international conference on „Harmonized longitudinal data on social structure: Polish research in a cross-national perspective” at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.
[Sep 15, 2021] Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel held a presentation on “Dynamics of female labor force participation in Egypt: School-to-home transition and effects of family formation” at the COST Action CA17114 YOUNG-IN WG1 Workshop “Gendered lives and careers: Interrelations of work and family” online.
[May 5, 2021] Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel held a presentation on “A sociological perspective on returns to skills in the life course” at the College for Interdisciplinary Educational Research (CIDER) Spring Workshop online.