I am an applied labor and education economist who is passionate about researching the origins of educational and labor market inequality and how public policy can make a difference. To answer these questions, I apply a toolbox of state-of-the-art econometric and statistical tools for predictive and causal analysis in surveys and large administrative data sources, as well as field experiments. My work has been published in journals such like the Economic Journal, the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of Human Resources and the American Economic Journal.

At IZA, I currently serve as research director. In this role, I am responsible for scientific management, research coordination, and science communication. I am actively engaged in improving German education policies by disseminating international research findings within the German policy discourse and advocating for enhanced data access for researchers.

I am affiliated with CESifo in Munich and the CRC TR 224 "Economic Perspectives on Societal Challenges", and I am member of the Research Committee on Economics of Education (Bildungsökonomischer Ausschuss) of the German Economic Association.

External Publications


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 14844
revised version published in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2022, 119 (26), e2201724119
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14320
published in: Economic Journal, 2021, 640 (131), 3182 - 3206.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14000
revised version published as 'Labour Market Shocks and Parental Investments during the Covid-19 Pandemic' in: Labour Economics, 2023, 82, 102341
IZA Discussion Paper No. 13790
revised version published as 'Does re-opening schools contribute to the spread of SARS2? Evidence from staggered summer breaks in Germany' in: Journal of Public Economics, 2021, 198, 104426
IZA Discussion Paper No. 13418
revised version published in: Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2021, 108, 102448
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12202
revised version published in: Labour Economics, 2020, 64, 101833
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10417
revised version published in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2021, 13 (3), 237-271
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9478
published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2018, 53(2), 356-381