I am a Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim and Head of the Research Group "Social Policy and Redistribution" at the ZEW-Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research.

My research is on the intersection of Public, Labor and Urban Economics. I am currently studying the effects of local business and property taxes on various labor market outcomes, such as wages, employment and rents.

My work has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of the European Economic Association and the Journal of Public Economics among others. You can find links to my current papers in the Research Section.

I recently was a award an ERC starting grant for the project "Housing, Inequality and Public Policies (HIPPO)". I will assemble a research team and start to work on the project for five years, starting in 2021.

You can download my CV here.


NEW PAPERS

Social capital and the spread of Covid-19: Insights from European countries

ZEW Discussion Paper No. 20-023

Alina Bartscher, Sebastian Seitz, Michaela Slowinski and Nils Wehrhöfer


The Long-Term Costs of Government Surveillance: Insights from Stasi Spying in East Germany

fortchoming at the Journal of the European Economic Association

with Andreas Lichter and Max Löffler


On Event Studies and Distributed-Lags in Two-Way Fixed Effects Models: Identification, Equivalence, and Generalization

Updated version

with Kurt Schmidheiny