Present Positions and Research Projects

Acting Professor of Public Finance and Monetary Economics (W3), University of Freiburg (05/2022-03/2023).

Juniorprofessor of Behavioral Law and Economics (W1, equivalent to Assistant Professor without tenure track), University of Hamburg (01/2019-).

Co-investigator, Economics of Compliance with Constitutions, DFG-funded Research Project (#381589259), University of Hamburg (02/2018-01/2023).

Principal investigator, The Arab Databank of L&E, DAAD-funded Research Project (#57587944), University of Hamburg (02/2021-12/2022).

Past Positions and Research Projects

Statistician, Impact Evaluation for the Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (ASEP), European Union and Philippine Department of Energy (2018-2019).

Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institute of Law and Economics (Prof. Dr. Stefan Voigt), University of Hamburg (01/2017-12/2018).

Post-Doctoral Researcher at the DFG-funded Graduate School for the Economics of the Internationalization of the Law, University of Hamburg (01/2015-12/2016).

Research Associate at the Institute of Law and Economics (Prof. Dr. Stefan Voigt), University of Hamburg (10/2010-12/2014).

Researcher, OECD Study on How to Measure Competition Law, Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Stefan Voigt (2010-2011).

Research Associate at the Chair of Microeconomics (Prof. Dr. Evelyn Korn), Philipps-University Marburg (04/2010-09/2010).

Student Assistant at the Chairs of Institutional Economics (Prof. Dr. Stefan Voigt); Macroeconomics (Prof. Dr. Bernd Hayo); Microeconomics (Prof. Dr. Evelyn Korn), Philipps- University Marburg (10/2008-03/2010).

Internships at the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart; at the Parliamentary Group of the Free Democratic Party, Berlin; at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Berlin (10/2007-07/2008).

Student Assistant at the Chair of Economic Policy (Prof. Dr. Siegfried F. Franke), University of Stuttgart (03/2006-09/2007).


Ph.D. in Economics (Dr. rer. pol.), University of Hamburg, Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Stefan Voigt and Prof. Dr. Andreas Lange, Examiners: Prof. Dr. Tim Krieger and Prof. Dr. Gerd Mühlheußer.

M.Sc. in Economics and Institutions, Philipps-University Marburg.

Diploma in Economics and Technics, University of Stuttgart.


PLOS ONE, Academic Editor.

Reviewer (see also publons)

Acta Politica; Baltic Journal of Economics; British Journal of Political Science; Central European Journal of Public Policy (2x); CESifo Economic Studies; Comparative Political Studies; Constitutional Political Economy (45x); Economic Modelling; Economic Systems (6x); Economics; Economics and Politics; Economics of Transition and Institutional Change; Electoral Studies; European Journal of Comparative Economics (2x); European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research (3x); European Journal of Development Research; European Journal of Law and Economics (5x); European Journal of Political Economy (22x); European Political Science Review; Human Rights Review; International Interactions (4x); International Journal of Constitutional Law; International Journal of Public Policy; International Review of Law and Economics (2x); Journal of Common Market Studies; Journal of Comparative Economics; Journal of Conflict Resolution; Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2x); Journal of Economic Surveys (2x); Journal of Empirical Legal Studies; Journal of Institutional Economics (9x); Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (4x); Journal of Peace Research (2x); Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice; Kyklos; Managerial and Decision Economics; Manchester School; Oxford Economic Papers (2x); PLOS ONE; Political Studies; Public Choice (9x); Public Finance Review; Review of Development Economcis; Review of International Organizations (6x); Review of Law and Economics; Scottish Journal of Political Economy; Social Indicators Research (4x); The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance; The World Economy (2x).

Invited Lectures or Research Seminar Talks

"Women's Rights and the Gender Migration Gap", Vienna University of Economics and Business 2022.

t.b.d., Prague University of Economics and Business 2022.

"Measuring Constitutional Loyalty", Austrian Institute of Economic Research 2022.

"Are Papal Visits Good News for Human Rights?", University of Bayreuth 2020.

"Family Types and the Spirit of Capitalism", Leipzig Colloquium on the Foundations of the Market Order, University of Leipzig 2020.

"Endogenous Constraints on Repression", IFN (Research Institute of Industrial Economics), Stockholm 2019.

"The Impact of Economic Sanctions on Life Expectancy and its Gender Gap", British University in Egypt 2019.

"Endogenous Constraints on Repression", University of Freiburg 2018.

"Is Judicial Independence Good for Business?", University of Konstanz 2018.

"Are Papal Visits Good News for Human Rights?", Brunel University, London 2017.

"Human Rights During Crises", Seminar in Socio-Economics, German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg 2017.

"Is Judicial Independence Good for Business?", Department of Economics, University of Siegen 2017.

"Judicial Independence: Conceptual Issues in Measurement", Hertie School of Governance, Berlin 2017.

“Deep Determinants of the Rule of Law”, Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, University of Regensburg 2016.

"The Political Economy of Death Penalty Abolition", Department of Economics, University of Trier 2016.

“Economic Effects of Competition Laws”, Centre for Research on Innovation and Services, University of Hohenheim 2013.

“Economic Effects of Competition Laws”, Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Stockholm 2013.

Invited Conference or Workshop Presentations

"Transition to Market Economy and the Rule of Law: Insights from Research and the German Experience", Arab Liberty Festival, Rabat 2018.

German-Arab Graduate School Workshop, Cairo 2017.

"Law and Economics of the Arab Region"-Workshop, Cairo 2016.

"Law and Economics"-Workshop, Florence 2016.

"Fighting Against Corruption"-Workshop, Cairo 2015.

"Law and Economics of Corruption"-Workshop, Cairo 2015.

"The Political Economy of Legal Institutions"-Special Session at the French Economic Association Conference, Rennes 2015.

"The Economics of Political Transitions"-Workshop, Tunis 2014.

"The Judiciary between Transition and Constitution"-Conference of the Hanns Seidel Stiftung, Sousse 2014.

"Do Constitutions Matter?"-Workshop, Oxford 2012.

Conference or Workshop Presentations

Ariel University-Political Economy Workshop (2017, 2019, 2022); Asian Society of Law and Economics (2016); Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture (2020); Ausschuss für Wirtschaftssysteme und Institutionenökonomik (2017); Danish Public Choice Workshop (2015-2020); EMLE-Midterm Meeting (2012-2017, 2020, 2022); European Association of Law and Economics (2011-2017, 2019-2021); European Political Science Association (2014, 2018); European Public Choice Society (2013-2019, 2021); German Law and Economics Association (2017, 2019, 2021); Indiana University-Insights into Political Economy Workshop (2017-2019); Interdisciplinary Workshop on Institutional Economics, Freiburg (2014); International Conference on Political Economy and Institutions, Baiona (2014); International Society of Public Law (2021); Italian Society of Law and Economics (2012, 2016); Law and Society Association (2011); Liberty Fund Conference (2016, 2017, 2022); Mediterranean Research Meeting (2013); Mont Pelerin Society (2017); Polish Law and Economics Conference (2021); Political Economy of Democracy and Dictatorship Conference (2017, 2020); Public Choice Society (2012-2014, 2017, 2018); The Rule of Law in EU External Action Workshop, Leuven (2014); Supreme Court Economic Review Roundtable (2019); Silvaplana Political Economy Workshop (2014-2019, 2021-2022); Society for Empirical Legal Studies (2011); Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics (2013, 2015); Southern Economic Association (2021); Verein für Socialpolitik (2018); World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (2014, 2018).