Scientific Policy Advice
Dr. Alexander Spermann offers scientific policy advice as an economist for politicians of all political parties, for federal, state and local ministries and institutions such as federations, public employment services and the media. Spermann offers specific economic information in an easily accessible way based on current scientific research as well as concepts. He works as an economic consultant and is not a member of a political party.
Successful examples of his work are so-called targeted negative income tax for the long-term unemployed (Einstiegsgeld für Langzeitarbeitslose - which is now a standard labor market instrument in Germany - and improvements for dementia patients and their relatives in the 2016 long-term care law. Both modifications were achieved after field experiments with comparison groups. The results of field experiments on the targeted negative income tax are summarised here, while the results of field experiments on matching transfers in the long-term care sector can be found here. In addition, he has developed an certification scheme for low-educated workers in the staffing industry (Drei-Stufen-Qualifizierungsmodell des Bundesarbeitgeberverbandes der Personaldienstleister (BAP).
Between 2014 and 2016, Spermann proposed an evaluation clause in the minimum wage law (which was eventually implemented), claimed more investments to fight long-term unemployment (which happened to a certain extent), argued for the fast labor market integration of political refugees (which is now the mainstream approach) and endorsed appropriate regulation schemes for the sharing economy to provide a stable framework for start-ups (where reality contradicts the political rhetoric).
Scientific Consulting for Companies
Dr. Alexander Spermann worked for seven years for an international stock-listed company in the staffing industry (Randstad, No. 2 worldwide, No. 1 in Germany) and was responsible for the talentmanagement of low-qualified agency workers. He developed and implemented the so-called Randstad Akademie based on scientific research results. Furthermore, he was responsible for a quarterly stakeholder publication - the so-called Randstad Politikbrief - which was produced in-house. Both Randstad Academy and Randstad Policy Brief are parts of the company's tools at present.