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Before moving to Cologne, I was a Professor of Economics at the chair for Quantitiative Economic History at the University of Bayreuth and Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance. I received my PhD in Economics from the LMU Munich while being a Junior Researcher at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research.
My research focuses on the determinants of long-run development and economic growth. In my studies, I aim at identifying historically important factors which determined differences in development over time and across space. Such factors include aspects of institutional change, human capital formation, and technological diffusion, as well as geographic and cultural factors. These are determinants that also shaped the economic development of the German state of Prussia during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries - the period of fundamental changes in the transition of sustained growth. To establish my findings, my research typically draws on rich administrative data, digitized from Prussian censuses originally collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Such detailed data allow the application of econometric methods aimed at pining down the direction of causality in the relationships under analysis.