Jan Helmdag

I am a doctoral researcher and currently employed at the Chair of Comparative Politics as a lecturer and conduct courses on comparative welfare state research, policy diffusion, and advanced statistical methods. I am also part of the research team of the Comparative Welfare Entitlements Dataset (CWED 2) and an associated researcher in the research project “Career discontinuities and pension security – parenthood as wage risk” at the Finnish Centre for Pensions. 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.

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

Sprechzeit im Wintersemester 2017/18
Mittwochs 13-14 Uhr (nach Vereinbarung per Mail).

Consultation hour during winter term 2017/18
Wednesdays 1-2 o'clock p.m. (by appointment only).

 

 

Vita

Academic Positions

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.

 

Research Cooperations

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 Research assistant for the Comparative Welfare Entitlements Dataset 2.

 

 

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 (excellent), Supervisors: Prof. Detlef Jahn and Dr. 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 (excellent).

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

Publications

Jahn, D., and Helmdag, J. (2018). Generosität von Sozialleistungen. In: Obinger, H., and Schmidt, M. G., Handbuch Sozialpolitik. Forthcoming.

Helmdag, J., and Kuitto, K. (2017). Interdependent Learning from Policy Success and Failure: Contextual Diffusion of Active Labour Market Policies. In: Dunlop, C. A., Radaelli, C. M., and Trein, P., Learning in Public Policy: Analysis, Modes and Outcomes. Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming.

Kuitto, K., and Helmdag, J. (2015). Studierbarkeit und Forschungsorientierung: Einstiegshilfe Statistik und Methoden für den Masterstudiengang “Politikwissenschaft”, in: Greifswalder Beiträge zur Hochschullehre, No. 4, Mai 2015, 25-32.

 

Stata ados

Helmdag, J. (2017). INTERACTPLOT: Stata module to generate plots for interaction terms of multiplicative regressions. (install in Stata via ssc install interactplot)

Helmdag, J. (2017). IHSTRANS: Stata module to generate inverse hyperbolic sine (IHS) transformed variables out of a list of multiple variables. (install in Stata via ssc install ihstrans)

Helmdag, J. (2016). PANELL: Stata module to display panel length for a given set of variables. (install in Stata via ssc install panell)

 

Working paper

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

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

Englert, H., Helmdag, J., and Kuitto, K. (2015). Einführung in die Statistik und das Arbeiten mit Stata. Greifswald Comparative Politics Working Paper, No. 9/2015.

 

 

Conference Papers & Research Visits

Conference papers

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

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.

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

Winter term 2017/18

  • Graduate course “Advanced Statistical Methods”, 2 SWS. Syllabus
  • Graduate course “Restructuring European Labour Markets: Is Europe Prepared for the 4th Industrial Revolution?”, 2 SWS. Syllabus
  • Undergraduate course “Comparative Welfare State Research”, 2 SWS. Syllabus
Past Courses

Sommersemester 2017

  • Graduate course “Shifting towards the unknown: Influences, consequences, and institutional constraints of labour market policy reform”, 2 SWS.
  • Undergraduate course “Moderne Wohlfahrtsstaaten im internationalen Vergleich”, 2 SWS.

Wintersemester 2016/17

  • Graduate course “Labour market policy reform in the OECD”, 2 SWS.
  • Graduate course “Fortgeschrittene quantitative Methoden”, 2 SWS.

Sommersemester 2016

  • Undergraduate research course “Erklärungsansätze der Wohlfahrtsstaatlichkeit”, 4 SWS.
  • Undergraduate research course “Parteiendifferenzhypothese und Agenda Setting Power Model als Erklärungsansätze für Politikfelder” (together with Nils Düpont), 4 SWS.

Wintersemester 2015/16

  • Undergraduate course “Einführung in die vergleichende Wohlfahrtsstaatsforschung”, 2 SWS.
  • Graduate course “Fortgeschrittene Quantitative Methoden”, 2 SWS.
  • Graduate course “Einstiegshilfe für den Masterstudiengang Politikwissenschaft” (together with Sebastian Stephan), 2 SWS.

Sommersemester 2015

  • Undergraduate research course “Wohlfahrtsstaatliche Politik im empirischen Vergleich” (together with Kati Kuitto), 4 SWS.
  • Graduate course “Einstiegshilfe für den Masterstudiengang Politikwissenschaft” (together with Kati Kuitto), 2 SWS.

Wintersemester 2014/15

  • Graduate course “Einstiegshilfe für den Masterstudiengang Politikwissenschaft” (together with Henrike Englert & Kati Kuitto)

Sommersemester 2014

  • Graduate course “Einstiegshilfe für den Masterstudiengang Politikwissenschaft” (together with Henrike Englert & Kati Kuitto)
Downloads
  • Check list for term papers and theses pdf
  • Presentation on application of trajectory analyses in Stata pdf

Weblinks

My profile at ResearchGate Link

Comparative Welfare Entitlements Dataset 2 cwed2.org