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Institut für Betriebswirtschaftslehre Business and Personnel Economics

Fabienne Kiener

Fabienne Kiener, Dr.

  • Relationship Manager
  • Switzerland Innovation Park Zurich (IPZ)

Postdoc at the chair of Prof. Backes-Gellner


Fabienne completed her Bachelor's in Economics at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and her Master's studies in Economics at the University of Zurich. During her studies, she specialized in empirical labor economics. Before joining our team as a doctoral student in February 2018, Fabienne worked in a HR consultancy with a focus on executive assessments and personnel development.

In February 2022, she successfully defended her dissertation "Skill Bundles and Labour Market Outcomes: Identifying Different Types of Skills in Curriculum Texts by Applying Natural Language Processing".

As a postdoctoral researcher, Fabienne coordinates and conducts research related to education, skills, teams, and digitalization.

Research Interests:

Economics of Education, Personnel Economics, Labor Economics, Digital Transformation

Additional Skills:

Project Management, Team Leadership, Negotiations, Personnel Development


  • Team Leadership and Organization - Applied Project Management (coordination and leading teams of advanced students to mentor freshmen)
  • Negotiations and Conflict Resolution: Theory and Role Playing (organization and assessing of practical negotations and role playing)

Scientific Publications:

  • Kiener, F., Gnehm, A.-S., Clematide, S., Backes-Gellner, U. (2022). "IT skills in vocational training curricula and labour market outcomes." Journal of Education and Work, 35(6-7). DOI:
  • Kiener, F., Gnehm, A.-S., Backes-Gellner, U. (2023). “Noncognitive Skills in Training Curricula and Nonlinear Wage Returns.“ International Journal of Manpower. DOI:
  • Kiener, F., Eggenberger, C., Backes-Gellner, U. (2023). "How IT Progress affects Returns to Specialization and Social Skills." Journal of Business Economics, (online first). DOI:

Office hours:

Upon appointment