Karsten Kohn studied Economics at the universities of Kiel, Urbana-Champaign, Mannheim, and Frankfurt. He received his Ph.D. from Goethe University Frankfurt in the year 2007. Currently he works in the staff division of KfW.

His main research interests are in entrepreneurship, labor economics, demand analysis, and applied econometrics.

He joined IZA as Research Affiliate in the year 2005 and became Research Fellow in 2008.