Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Marcus Schlegel

Doctoral Student




Marcus Schlegel is an external doctoral student to the Aletta Haniel Chair for Public Policy and Entrepreneurship at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy (Prof. Dr. Heike Grimm). He graduated with a Diploma in Economics from the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena in 2011. Furthermore, he holds additional certificates in the area of risk management and decision making.

His professional background includes five years of work as an auditor for the proper use of subsidies of the European Social Fund (ESF). In addition to on-the-spot controls of the beneficiaries, he carried out system audits at the level of the funding guidelines and ministries. He was also involved in the development of audit software. Since 2015, he has been working in the internal audit department of a state-owned development bank (Thüringer Aufbaubank), which is active in the fields of business promotion, housing and urban development, technology promotion as well as environment and infrastructure projects.

The aim of his doctoral thesis is to find out whether and how the promotion of self-employment among the unemployed can help to reduce regional unemployment rates. In particular, he evaluates a regional funding instrument of the German Federal State of Thuringia.

His primary research interests include: unemployment, self-employment and entrepreneurship, policy design and active labor market policies with a focus on start-up subsidies for unemployed persons. His papers were presented at conferences in the USA (United Nations, Stevens Institute of Technology, New York University) and Sweden (University of Lund).