Research statement

I am an applied microeconomist generally interested in manifestations and causes of spatial and social inequalities.


Peer-reviewed publications

Papers under revision

  • Top of the Class: the Importance of Ordinal Rank, with Richard Murphy (UT Austin). NBER Working Paper No 24958, August 2018. Earlier versions: CESifo Working Paper No. 4815, May 2014. LSE-Centre for Economic Performance Discussion Paper No 1241, 2013.
    Winning paper
    of the UniCredit & Universities Best Paper Award on Gender Economics - 6th Ed (2016).
    R&R Review of Economic Studies (2nd round)

Further working papers

Work in progress

  • "Prime Locations", with Gabriel Ahlfeldt, Thilo Albers (both LSE), Kris Behrens (University of Québec at Montréal), and Christian Hilber (LSE). Draft coming soon.

  • "Intensive and Extensive Margin Effects of Fees in Higher Education", with Jan Bietenbeck (Lund University) and Jan Marcus (Hamburg University). Draft coming soon.

  • "Gender Norms and Female Labor Supply", with Sophia Schmitz (DIW)

  • "Postgraduate Enrollment Decisions", with Jan Berkes, Frauke Peter and C. Katharina Spieß (all DIW)

  • "Dynamic Human Capital Investment: Causal Evidence from Pension Reform", with Niklas Gohl, Elisabeth Kurz and Peter Haan (all DIW)

  • "Local Rankings in Global Markets"