I am a Research fellow at Heidelberg University and a PhD candidate in economics at the University of Oslo (expected completion: June 2020). My research and teaching interests are primarily within resource and environmental economics. I am also interested in welfare economics and game theory.
In my most recent paper, Cross-dynastic intergenerational altruism, I find that the socially efficient discount rate may not be inferred from saving behavior if people care about others in the next generation than their own descendants. The reason is that with such cross-dynastic intergenerational altruism, savings for one's own descendants benefit present members of other dynasties, giving rise to preference externalities. Since the resulting preference externality vanishes over time, the paper also provides a new justification for declining discount rates. Cross-dynastic intergenerational altruism can be motivated by a concern for sustainability, and offers new insights on optimal climate policy.
As a PhD candidate, I have published in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy and the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, presented at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and visited the London School of Economics and Northwestern University.