Ekkehard Ernst is Chief of the Job-friendly Macroeconomic Policy unit at the International Labour Organization, where he is responsible for analysing macro- and socio-economic trends and changes in the World of Work. Specifically, he looks at shifts in taxation, monetary policy, financial market regulation, international investment and productivity but also delves into analyzing macroeconomic policy options to improve the world of labour. Before joining the ILO in 2008 he worked at the OECD and the ECB. He has published in the area of labour market reforms and on the role of financial frictions for unemployment developments as well as the impact of financial market reregulation on job creation. Ekkehard Ernst has studied in Germany (Mannheim, Saarbrücken), France (Paris) and the United States (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Santa Fe Institute) and holds a PhD from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (France). He became an IZA Policy Fellow in July 2011.