I am labor market specialist and the head of the research division Swiss labor market (tenured senior scientist) at KOF Swiss Economic Institute at ETH Zurich. I am also a research affiliate of the Immigration Policy Lab at ETH and a research fellow of the Institute of Labor Economics IZA. I received a PhD from ETH Zurich, a Master of Science in Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Bern. My dissertation was awarded the SIAF Award 2017.
My research interests are labor economics, migration, and empirical macroeconomics. A recurrent topic is the factors and policies that shape firms' demand for workers. Using innovative data sources and rigorous empirical methods, I have, for instance, studied the effects of minimum wages, immigration restrictions, short-time work, and exchange rates on labor demand. My work has been published in the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, the Journal of the European Economic Association, Nature, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. My position entails policy advising, forecasting, and media work.
We published a report how the Swiss cantons implemented the Job Search Registration requirement. We find a large heterogeneity between cantons and room for improvement. Here is a summary in Die Volkswirtschaft.
Our paper "Monitoring hiring discrimination through online recruitment platforms" was published in Nature and featured on the cover of the issue: