Jan Helmdag

I am a doctoral researcher at the Chair of Comparative Politics at the University of Greifswald. In my doctoral thesis, I investigate the causes of labour market policy reform in the OECD, with an emphasis on parties’ influence on the reciprocity of active and passive labour market policies (supervised by Prof. Dr. Detlef Jahn). I am currently employed as a lecturer at my university and conduct courses on comparative welfare state research and advanced statistical methods.

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Tel.: +49 3834 420 3173
Fax: +49 3834 420 3153

jan.helmdag(at)uni-greifswald(dot)de

Sprechzeit im Sommersemester 2017
Mittwochs 13-14 Uhr und nach Vereinbarung per Mail.

Office hours during summer term 2017
Wednesdays 1-2 o'clock p.m. and by appointment.

 

 

Vita

Academic Positions

February 2017 - present Associated Researcher in the research project "Career discontinuities and pension security – parenthood as wage risk" at the Finnish Centre for Pensions

March 2015 - present Doctoral researcher at the Chair of Comparative Politics, University of Greifswald, Coordinator of Master programme in Political Science.

August - November 2015 Research associate in externally funded project "interStudies".

March 2014 - February 2015 Research assistant in the project "Einstiegshilfe für den Masterstudiengang Politikwissenschaft" [Introductory course on methods and statistics for master degree students].

February 2013 - February 2015 Research assistant, Institute for Politcal Science and Communication Studies, University of Greifswald.

August 2012 - February 2015 Student assistant at the Comparative Welfare Entitlements Dataset program.

April 2010 - July 2014 Tutor for statistics and quantitative methods, Institute for Politcal Science and Communication Studies, University of Greifswald.

 

Education

2012-2015 MA in Political Science, University of Greifswald. Thesis: "Same shift – different dynamics? The conditionality of diffusion of labor market policies in the OECD" (Grade 1.2), Supervisors: Detlef Jahn and Kati Kuitto.

2008-2012 BA in Political Science , University of Greifswald & University of Oslo, Norway. Thesis: "Der Einfluss von Wahlpflicht auf das Parteiensystem [The influence of compulsory voting on party systems]" (Grade 1.1).

Research Interests
  •     Comparative welfare state research
  •     Labour market policies
  •     Diffusion of social policies
  •     Empirical methods and statistics
Publications

Helmdag, Jan (2016). PANELL: Stata module to display panel length for a given set of variables. Link

Kuitto, Kati/Helmdag, Jan (2016). Extending the tail end of working lives: How policies shape labour market participation and retirement of older workers. Link

Helmdag, Jan/Kuitto, Kati (2016). Interdependent Learning from Policy Success: Contextual Diffusion of Active Labour Market Policies. Greifswald Comparative Politics Working Paper, No. 10/2016.

Englert, Henrike/Helmdag, Jan/Kuitto, Kati (2015). Einführung in die Statistik und das Arbeiten mit Stata. Greifswald Comparative Politics Working Paper, No. 9/2015.

Kuitto, Kati/Helmdag, Jan (2015). Studierbarkeit und Forschungsorientierung: Einstiegshilfe Statistik und Methoden für den Masterstudiengang "Politikwissenschaft", in: Greifswalder Beiträge zur Hochschullehre, No. 4, Mai 2015, 25-32.

Conference Papers & Research Visits

Conference papers

Extending the tail end of working lives: How policies shape labour market participation and retirement of older workers. Paper prepared for the 14th ESPAnet Conference, Rotterdam, September 1–3, 2016.

Interdependent learning from policy sucess: Contextual diffusion of active labour market policies (with Kati Kuitto). Paper prepared for the IPSA 24th World Congress of Political Science, Poznan, July 23–28, 2016.

Activation at the tail end of working lives: pension policy incentives, retirement and labour market participation of older workers in advanced welfare states. Paper presented at the 23rd International Conference of Europeanists, Philadelphia, April 14–16, 2016.

Diffusion of active labour market policies – learning from success? Paper presented at the 12th ESPAnet Conference, Oslo, September 4–6, 2014.

 

Research visits

Finnish Centre for Pensions (Eläketurvakeskus), Helsinki, Finland. February 2017–March 2017.

Participant at the workshop "Mechanisms and Outcomes of Learning in Public Policy", British Academy, London, 19-20 January 2017.

Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm, Sweden. November 2016–December 2016.

Finnish Centre for Pensions (Eläketurvakeskus), Helsinki, Finland. February 2016–March 2016.

Current Teaching

Wintersemester 2016/17

  • BA-level seminar "Moderne Wohlfahrtsstaaten im internationalen Vergleich" Syllabus
  • MA-level seminar "Shifting towards the unknown: Influences, consequences, and institutional constraints of labour market policy reform" Syllabus
Past Courses

Wintersemester 2016/17

  • MA-Seminar "Fortgeschrittene quantitative Methoden", 2 SWS.
  • MA-Seminar "Labour market policy reform in the OECD", 2 SWS.

Sommersemester 2016

  • BA-Lehrforschungsseminar "Erklärungsansätze der Wohlfahrtsstaatlichkeit", 4 SWS.
  • BA-Lehrforschungsseminar "Parteiendifferenzhypothese und Agenda Setting Power Model als Erklärungsansätze für Politikfelder" (mit Nils Düpont), 4 SWS.

Wintersemester 2015/16

  • BA-Seminar "Einführung in die vergleichende Wohlfahrtsstaatsforschung", 2 SWS.
  • MA-Seminar "Fortgeschrittene Quantitative Methoden", 2 SWS.
  • MA-Seminar "Einstiegshilfe für den Masterstudiengang Politikwissenschaft" (mit Sebastian Stephan), 2 SWS.

Sommersemester 2015

  • BA-Lehrforschungsseminar "Wohlfahrtsstaatliche Politik im empirischen Vergleich" (mit Kati Kuitto), 4 SWS.
  • MA-Seminar "Einstiegshilfe für den Masterstudiengang Politikwissenschaft" (mit Kati Kuitto), 2 SWS.

Wintersemester 2014/15

  • MA-Seminar "Einstiegshilfe für den Masterstudiengang Politikwissenschaft" (mit Henrike Englert & Kati Kuitto)

Sommersemester 2014

  • MA-Seminar "Einstiegshilfe für den Masterstudiengang Politikwissenschaft" (mit Henrike Englert & Kati Kuitto)

Weblinks

Comparative Welfare Entitlements Dataset 2 cwed2.org

Comparative Politics Greifswald Link

My profile at ResearchGate Link