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Research Focus

Public Finance, Labor Economics, Urban Economics, Economic Policy, and Housing Policy

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2022 Professor of Economics at University of Cologne and ECONtribute
  • 2018-2022 Head of Research Department “Inequality and Public Policy” at ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research
  • 2018-2022 Full Professor of Economics at University of Mannheim
  • 2017-2018 Visiting Scholar University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University
  • 2014-2017 Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Mannheim
  • 2013 PhD in Economics at the University of Cologne

Selected publications

  • Do Higher Corporate Taxes Reduce Wages? Micro Evidence from Germany, American Economic Review, 2018, Vol. 108(2), pp. 393-418 (with C. Fuest and A. Peichl)
  • The Long-Term Costs of Government Surveillance: Insights from Stasi Spying in East Germany, Journal of the European Economic Association, 2021, Vol. 19(2), pp. 741-789 (with A. Lichter and M. Löffler)
  • On Event Studies and Distributed-Lags in Two-Way Fixed Effects Models: Identification, Equivalence, and Generalization, Journal of Applied Econometrics, forthcoming (with K. Schmidheiny)
  • The Elasticity of Taxable Income in the Presence of Deduction Possibilities, Journal of Public Economics, 2017, Vol. 151, pp. 41-55 (with P. Doerrenberg and A. Peichl)
  • Social capital and the Spread of Covid-19: Insights from European countries, Journal of Health Economics, 2021, Vol. 80 (with A. K. Bartscher, S. Seitz, M. Slotwinski, N. Wehrhöfer)
  • The Own-Wage Elasticity of Labor Demand: A Meta-Regression Analysis, European Economic Review, 2015, Vol. 80, pp.94-119 (with A. Lichter and A. Peichl)

Selected media publications

  • Süddeutsche Zeitung, 7.12.2021: „Neue Bundesregierung: Wer von der Ampel finanziell profitiert“,
  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22.11.2021: "Der Volkswirt: Die Makel der Minijobs" (link)
  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 03.11.2021: "Wie der Staat die Forschung in Unternehmen zurückdrängt"
  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 17.10.2021: "Neue Wege für die Wohnungspolitik von morgen"
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung, 7. Juli 2021: “Wahlprogramme: Wer profitiert, wer verliert“ (link)
  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, April 2021: „Der Sonntagsökonom: Wer zahlt die Grundsteuer?“
  • Die Welt, 06.08.2015: „Wie die Stasi Ostdeutschland bis heute prägt“ (link)
  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, May 2013: "Gewerbesteuer trifft Mitarbeiter der Unternehmen" (link)