Eric Sommer has studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Cologne and at the University of Copenhagen and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Cologne. He joined IZA as a student assistant in November 2011 and became a Doctoral Student August 2012. Since August 2016, he has been working as Research Associate. His research focuses on the impact of tax-benefit systems on labor market outcomes and the income distribution. Beyond, he is in charge of the IZA microsimulation model on the German tax-benefit system.