Ruben Bach

University of Mannheim
A5, 6 entrance B, room 223
D-68131 Mannheim

Tel.: +49 (0) 621-181-2068
Fax: +49 (0) 621-181-3451
Email: r.bach<at>


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Ruben is a postdoctoral researcher in social science quantitative methods. He joined the Professorship for Statistics and Methodology in 2018 after spending three years in the Institute for Employment Research’s (IAB) Graduate Program where he wrote his dissertation on respondent conditioning. He completed his PhD (Dr. rer. soc.) at the University of Mannheim in 2018 and holds an M.Sc. in Socio-Economics from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and a B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Dusseldorf.

Research Interests

His research interests include topics in survey methodology (survey and panel conditioning, motivated misreporting, response propensities), statistics (causal inference, machine learning) and the use of alternative data sources (administrative data, big data).


Bach, R. & Eckman, S. (2018). Participating in a Panel Study Changes Respondents’ Labour Market Behaviour. Forthcoming (Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society)). (

Bach, R. & Eckman, S. (2018). Motivated Misreporting in Web Panels. Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 6(3), 418-430. (

Bach, R. & Eckman, S. (2017). Does Participating in a Panel Study Change Respondents’ Labour Market Behaviour? IAB Discussion Paper, 15/2017. ( pdf)

Curriculum Vitae