Welcome to my website
I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Zurich and the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development. I am IZA research fellow and IZA Deputy Program Coordinator for Behavioral and Personal Economics and affiliated with the Department of Economics, Maastricht University. I have studied Economics at the University of Bonn and received my PhD in economics from Maastricht University in 2014.
My primary research interests are in the field of applied microeconomics. I am interested in labor economics, economics of education and behavioral economics. My current research focuses on how the university environment affects student performance and specialization choices in higher education and the labor market. I am also interested in the development of cognitive skills in children.
You can find some recent press coverage of my research here:
Gender Bias in Teaching Evaluations
- The Economist – Academic sexism: Research suggests students are biased against female lecturers
- Süddeutsche (in German) – Zu blöd für Mathe
“High Achievers“ – What happens when students lose legal access to cannabis?
- The Washington Post – These college students lost access to legal pot — and started getting better grades
- The Guardian – Cannabis smokers warned they risk poorer exam grades
- Interview with BYUradio – What happens when students lose legal access to cannabis?
- The Hechinger Report – Marijuana, achievement and the teen brain
- VOX – A new study shows marijuana legalization really might hurt academic performance
- The Independent
- National Public Radio (NPR) summarized our “High Achievers“ article.