Dr. Laura Romeu Gordo

Interim Head of Research and Deputy Director of the Institute


Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen
Manfred-von-Richthofen-Straße 2
12101 Berlin


Dr. Laura Romeu Gordo
+49 30 260 740-24
+49 30 260 740-33


Research Interests

  • Work, retirement and pension provision
  • Gender aspects of labor market participation
  • Housing

Research Projects

  • Life Course, Ageing and Well-Being (LAW), 2009-2012
  • Entwicklung der Wohnkostenbelastung im Alter – Risikofaktor für finanzielle Überbelastung und Altersarmut?, 2020-2021



  • Since January 2008: Research Fellow at the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA)
  • 2006-2008: Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB). Nürnberg (Germany)
  • 2004-2005: Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. Berlin (Germany)
  • 2003-2004: Research Fellow at the University Ca’Foscari of Venice (Italy) in the frame of the European project ‘Economics of Ageing’
  • 2002-2003: Junior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. Berlin (Germany)
  • 1999-2004: Doctorate in Economics. Technical University of Berlin (Germany). Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner. Dissertation: “Unemployment and Health: An Analysis by Means of Better Data and Improved Methodology”. DFG Scholarship
  • 1998-1999: MSc in Public Economics. University of York. York (UK). Master Dissertation: “Socio-Economic Determinants of Health”
  • 1996-1998: Master in Public Management. Pompeu Fabra University /ESADE/Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Barcelona (Spain)
  • 1992-1996: First Degree in Economics. Pompeu Fabra University. Barcelona (Spain).


Selected Publications

  • Lozano Alcántara, A., Romeu Gordo, L., Engstler, H., Vogel, C. (2023, first view) The retirement impact on housing cost burden: Are homeowners better off than tenants after retirement? Ageing & Society.
  • Lozano Alcántara, A., Engstler, H., Romeu Gordo, L., & Vogel, C. (2022): Der Einfluss von Verwitwung auf die Wohnkostenbelastung im Alter. In: Deutsche Rentenversicherung, Bd. 77 (2022), 2, S. 162-191.
  • Kelle, N., Romeu Gordo, L., & Simonson, J. (2022): Kind – und dann? Wandel partnerschaftlicher Erwerbsverläufe drei Jahre nach dem Übergang in die Elternschaft. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 74, S. 329–351.
  • Romeu Gordo, L., Stypińska, J. & Franke, A. (2022) Gender differences in the determinants of mature entrepreneurship? The case of Germany. Front. Sociol. 7:998230.
  • Mertens, A., & Romeu-Gordo, L. (2021). Retirement in Western Germany – How Workplace Tasks Influence Its Timing. Work, Employment and Society, Online First.
  • Keck, W. & Romeu Gordo, L. (2020). Die Entwicklung der Rentenanwartschaften von Frauen im Kohortenvergleich: die Rolle von Niedrigeinkommen, Sozialer Fortschritt, 69: 325 – 347.
  • Dieckhoff, M., Gash, V., Mertens, A., & Romeu Gordo, L. (2020). Partnered women’s contribution to household labour income: Persistent inequalities among couples and their determinants. Social Science Research, Vol. 85.
  • Nivorozhkin, A., & Romeu Gordo, L. (2019). How do longer parental leaves affect women’s workplace tasks? Evidence from Germany. Feminist Economics, 25(3): 119-143.
  • Stypinska, J. & Romeu Gordo L. (2018). Gender, age and migration – an intersectional approach to inequalities in the labour market. European Journal of Ageing, 15(1):23-33. 
  • Kelle, N., Simonson, J., & Romeu Gordo, L. (2017). Is part-time employment after childbirth a stepping stone into full time work? A cohort study for East and West Germany. Feminist Economics, 23(4): 201-224.
  • Dieckhoff, M., Gash, V., Mertens, A., & Romeu Gordo, L. (2016). A Stalled Revolution? What can we learn from Women’s Drop-out to Part-time Jobs, a comparative analysis of Germany and the UK. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 46(B): 129–140.
  • Romeu Gordo, L., & Simonson, J. (2016). Veränderungen von Rentenübergangsformen und Erwerbsdauern: Auswirkungen auf das individuelle Renteneinkommen. Sozialer Fortschritt 65(4): 77-83.
  • Simonson, J., Romeu Gordo, L., & Kelle, N. (2015). Separate paths, same direction? De-standardization of male employment biographies in East and West Germany. Current Sociology, 63(3): 387-410.
  • Simonson, J., Romeu Gordo, L., & Kelle, N. (2014). Parenthood and Subsequent Employment: Changes in the Labor Participation of Fathers Across Cohorts as Compared to Mothers. Fathering 12(3): 320-336.
  • Nivorozhkin, A., Romeu Gordo, L. & Schneider, Julia (2013). Job search requirements for older workers: the effect on reservation wages. International Journal of Manpower, 34(5), S. 517-535.
  • Romeu Gordo, L., & Skirbekk, V. (2013). Changing skill demand and the comparative advantage of age: Job tasks and earnings from the 1980s to the 2000s in Germany. Labour Economics 22: 61-69.
  • Gash, V., Mertens, A., & Romeu Gordo, L. (2012). Women between part-time and full-time work: the influence of changing hours of work on happiness and life-satisfaction, The Manchester School 80(1):51-74.
  • Romeu Gordo, L. (2011). Compression of morbidity and the labour supply of older people. Applied Economics 43(4): 503-513.
  • Romeu Gordo, L., & Wolff, J. (2011). Creating employment or keeping them busy? An evaluation of training programmes for older workers in Germany, Journal of Aging & Social Policy 23, 198-218.
  • Simonson, J., Romeu Gordo, L., & Titova, N. (2011). Changing employment patterns of women in Germany: How do baby boomers differ from older cohorts? A comparison using sequence analysis. Advances in Life Course Research 16: 65–82.
  • Motel-Klingebiel, A., Romeu Gordo, L., & Betzin, J. (2009). Welfare States and Quality of Later Life - Distributions and Predictions of Quality of Life in a Comparative Perspective. European Journal of Ageing, 6(2): 67-78.
  • Romeu Gordo, L. (2009). Why are women delaying motherhood in Germany? Feminist Economics, 15(4): 57-75.Gash, V., Mertens, A., & Romeu Gordo, L. (2007) Are fixed-term jobs bad for your health? A comparison of West-Germany and Spain. In European Societies 9(3):429-458.
  • Romeu Gordo, L. (2006) Effects of Short- and Long-Term Unemployment on Health Satisfaction: Evidence from German Data. Applied Economics 38: 2335-2350.


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