I am a Professor of Public Economics at the University of Graz. My research is driven by the question of how we can create and share prosperity in a globalized world and how we can design political institutions that deliver the highest welfare for all. Hence my research interests are at the intersection of Public Economics, Economic Growth and Innovation, and Political Economy.
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I studied Industrial Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, and completed my studies with a diploma (Master's degree). I then earned a Ph.D. in Economics at the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg, Germany, supported by a scholarship from the German National Science Foundation (DFG). After finishing my Ph.D., I became a Post-Doc and later Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and was a visiting scholar at the Economics department at Stanford University, USA. I was a Professor of Economics at the University of Bath, UK, before joining the University of Graz as Joseph A. Schumpeter Professor for Public Economics. Further details can be found on my curriculum vitae.