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.
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.
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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