University of Siegen

Faculty III | School of Economic Disciplines

Kohlbettstr. 15 | Room USD-421 | 57072 Siegen






I am an economist at the University of Siegen, Germany. I work as an assistant professor in the MA program Pluralist Economics. Here is my university website, and this is the website of the MA Plurale Ökonomik (in German).

My research focuses on questions of economic and social development in the context of socio-economic inequalities. In particular, I have been working on behavioral (development) economics and the political economy of the middle-income trap. I am also interested in interdisciplinary research and the philosophy and practice of pluralism in economics.

I am a member of the ZOE Institute for future-fit economies.

I have taught a range of courses in economics and interdisciplinary area studies in Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Europa-Universität Flensburg, Freie Universität Berlin, the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, and the University of Siegen.


In the pluralist economics program, I teach courses on growth, development and distribution, international political economy and philosophy of economics.


Blog post

August 9, 2018


Here is a new blog post discussing the role and limits of positive thinking and forward-looking aspirations for overcoming poverty. The bottom line is that they are important, but we should only think of behavioral interventions as part of a policy mix that also addresses structural constraints. The argument is based on this paper from 2017. A German version of the blog post has been published at Makronom.


August 4, 2018


I contributed to the 2nd Summer Academy by Exploring Economics, giving a talk about "What is Pluralist Economics?"

I will talk again about the Why's and How's of pluralism in economics on 17 October 2018 in Tübingen, as part of Rethinking Economics Tübingen's lecture series.

Research workshop

November 8-10, 2018


Jointly with Melike Döver (Berlin), Claudius Gräbner (Linz) and Jakob Hafele (Vienna), I am organizing a workshop on Structural change and technological upgrading in

times of globalization: strategies and policies for developing countries. The workshop will take place in Siegen. The CfP was open until 30 June 2018. The program will follow soon.



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