About me

Welcome to my personal homepage! I am a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of Otago.

I am a macroeconomist with both theoretical and empirical interests. My research activity is split between macroeconomic topics and the impacts of climate change. Precisely, my research interests are Macroeconomics (esp. Monetary and Fiscal Policy), Quantitative Economics, Economic Growth, Migration, and, more generally, the interaction between climate and society.

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Biography

I earned a Diploma in (Theoretical) Economics from the University in Kiel and received my Doctorate (Doctor rerum politicarum) from the University of Hamburg. In between, I worked as a researcher for the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. I'm currently a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Otago.

My earlier work focused on labor market dynamics and monetary policy. Currently, my first research focus is on monetary and fiscal policy. Examples for this line of research are projects on inflation expectations, central bank communication, and heterogeneous agent models. My second research focus is on the interaction between climate and society. Here, I study the link between climate variables and migration or the link between weather, pollution, and crime.

In pursuing my research, I have used the set of tools and methodologies known as quantitative macroeconomics, i.e. calibrated and estimated dynamic stochastic equilibrium models, continuous time models, and univariate or multivariate econometric methods (e.g. Panel estimations, vector autoregression, or Markov-switching models). My work connects mathematical methods with data in order to test or quantify theoretical mechanisms, compare models, and address policy questions.


For current research projects and published papers please visit the "Research" section.

For my RePEc profile click here and for my Google Scholar page please click here.


New Zealand Economic Papers

I am the Editor-in-Chief of the New Zealand Economic Papers (NZEP), the journal of the New Zealand Association of Economists Inc. (NZAE).

NZEP publishes research of the highest quality from leading international scholars in all areas of economics with a focus on New Zealand, the Pacific, Australia, and Asia.

Otago Foreign Policy School

I was the Director of the 2019 edition of the Otago Foreign Policy School and serve on the FPS Committee.

Since its inception in 1966, the University of Otago Foreign Policy School has developed into one of the premier events in New Zealand’s international calendar. Originally started as a workshop on foreign affairs issues, the School soon attracted the attention of New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which recognised its value as a weekend retreat for officials. Representatives from other government bodies, as well as academics, journalists, diplomats, members of the private sector and NGOs, and interested members of the public also participate regularly.

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