Lukas Hensel

University of Oxford

Lukas Hensel is a PhD student in Economics at the University of Oxford. He is a Development Economist working on questions about Labour Economics, Youth Unemployment and the role of Worker Skills in the Labour Market matching process. He is particularly interested in the role non-cognitive skills and non-standard preferences play in determining labour market outcomes. In his Master Dissertation “Economic Shocks and Wage Dynamics in Indonesia” he tested for stickiness of nominal wages in agricultural labour markets. He holds a MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford and B.S. in International Economics from the University of Tuebingen.

Researcher's Grant Projects

Can firms be encouraged to formalise their hiring process? This project aims to answer this question in the context of Ethiopia, through an RCT that addresses two of the main factors behind the lack of formality.
Researchers: Marc Witte, Lukas Hensel, Tsegay Gebrekidan Tekleselassie, Simon Quinn
Grants Round: 27th Round
Country: Ethiopia
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This work will shed light on how much employers value cognitive (e.g. IQ) and non-cognitive (e.g. motivation, perseverance etc.) skills and the extent to which these skills are predictive of future productivity.
Researchers: Kate Orkin, Laura Poswell, Lukas Hensel, Laurel Beth Wheeler
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: South Africa
Cross-cutting themes: Gender