Pawel Smietanka

I work as a research economist at the Deutsche Bundesbank, investigating structural issues and using lots of firm-level data.

I hold a PhD in Economics from the University of Nottingham, which has links to the legend of Robin Hood. My thesis was about the effects of macroeconomic uncertainty on corporate decisions.

I have hands-on experience of working with firm-level data and analysing various corporate decisions, particularly investment and cash holding decisions as well as payout policies.

I am a proficient user of several statistical packages, but my favourite ones by far are Stata and Matlab. I also enjoy working in R, SPSS, Gauss, EViews and FAME (SunGard).

My research interests lie in the area of microeconomics, uncertainty, corporate finance and econometrics.

In my previous job at the Bank of England I was in the team that set up the Decision Maker Panel to review the effect of current economic uncertainty on UK firms' decisions. In my current job, I lead a team responsible for running and evaluating data from one of the largest business surveys in Germany the Bundesbank Online Panel of Firms

My Bank's website is available here.