I am a post-doctoral researcher at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). Starting this fall, I will hold an interim W3 professorship in comparative economics in the Faculty of Economics at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) filling in for Professor Monika Schnitzer. For the academic year 2021/2022, I was a Kennedy fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. In 2020, I was Visiting Associate Professor at the City University New York (CUNY).
My research interests lie in the fields of public economics, labor economics and economic history, in particular in the distribution and redistribution of economic resources:
What are the underlying mechanisms behind changes in the distribution of income and wealth?
How does taxation affect labor market and investment behaviour?
How redistributive are welfare states around the world in a short-run perspective and over the life cycle?
Currently, I am building the German Regional Inequality Database (GRID) 1895-2017, which brings together and extends inequality series from several previous and ongoing research projects.
Contributing series for Germany, I am a fellow of the World Inequality Database (wid.world) and the GC Wealth Project. Further, I am affiliated with CEPR (Public Economics, Economic History), IZA, CESifo, the Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies (UCFS) and EU Tax Observatory. I am a member of Die Junge Akademie - the young academy of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science and the National Academy of Science Leopoldina - as well as the economic history committee and the social policy committee of the Verein für Socialpolitik.