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Christoph Kern

University of Mannheim
Post Doctoral Researcher

entrance B, room 222
68131 Mannheim

+49 (0)621 181-2298


Christoph will spend the Fall/Winter Semester 2019 at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland.

Research Interests

Structural Equation Modeling, Dyadic Data Analysis, Machine Learning


Christoph Kern graduated in 2011 (Dipl.-Soz.-Wiss.) from the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), where he studied sociology with a focus on methods for empirical social science research. In 2016 he completed his PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) at the UDE with a thesis on "Modeling dyadic decision-making processes of regional mobility".

Since 2017 Christoph Kern is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Professorship for Statistics and Methodology at the University of Mannheim. Before joining the University of Mannheim, he was a Research Associate at the Professorship for Empirical Social Research and Statistics at the University of Duisburg-Essen (2011-2017).



Kern, C., Weiß, B. and Kolb, J.-P. (2019). A Longitudinal Framework for Predicting Nonresponse in Panel Surveys. https://arxiv.org/abs/1909.13361

Kern, C., Klausch, T., and Kreuter, F. (2019). Tree-based Machine Learning Methods for Survey Research. Survey Research Methods 13(1), 73-93. http://dx.doi.org/10.18148/srm/2019.v1i1.7395

Kern, C. & Stein, P. (2018). Modelling Decision-Making Processes of Regional Mobility in a Dyadic Framework. European Sociological Review 34 (4), 433-451. doi: 10.1093/esr/jcy012

Stein, P. & Kern, C. (2018). Konzeption eines dyadischen Modells zur Analyse von Entscheidungsprozessen räumlicher Arbeitsmarktmobilität im Mehrebenenkontext. In: Quack, S., Schulz-Schaeffer, I., Shire, K., Weiß, A. (Eds.): Transnationalisierung der Arbeit. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. doi: 10.1007/978-3-658-20939-1

Kern, C. (2017). Dyadische Analyse regionaler Arbeitsmarktmobilität. Modellierung von Entscheidungsprozessen im Mehrebenenkontext. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. doi: 10.1007/978-3-658-17435-4

Kern, C. & Stein, P. (2016). Effect Comparison in Multilevel Structural Equation Models with Non-Metric Outcomes. JSM Proceedings, Social Statistics Section. Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association. 3892-3901.

Kern, C. & Stein, P. (2015). Comparing coefficients of nonlinear multivariate regression models between equations. Survey Research Methods 9 (3), 159-167. doi: 10.18148/srm/2015.v9i3.6211

Kern, C. (2015). Modeling Mobility Dispositions from a Multilevel Perspective. Schmollers Jahrbuch - Journal of Contextual Economics 135 (1), 23-34. doi: 10.3790/schm.135.1.23

Stein, P. & Kern, C. (2015). Dyadische Modellierung regionaler Arbeitsmarktmobilität. In: Lessenich, S. (Hrsg.): Routinen der Krise - Krise der Routinen. Verhandlungen des 37. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Trier 2014.

Kern, C. (2014). Regional structures and mobility dispositions: A multilevel proportional- & partial-proportional odds approach. SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 681. DIW Berlin. doi: 10.2139/ssrn.2493094