RWI Scientific Advisory Board

Gabriel Ahlfeldt

Gabriel Ahlfeldt

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board since 2019

Since 2013 Gabriel Ahlfedt is Associate Professor of Urban Economics and Land Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has studied in Freiburg, Madrid and Berlin and received his PhD from the University of Hamburg in 2008. In 2009 he joined the LSE as an Assistant Professor. His research interests concern the effects of various agglomeration forces on the spatial distribution of economic activity as well as the impact of spatial policies on local house prices, labor markets, political preferences and urban structure. Gabriel Ahlfedt’s work has been published in various peer-reviewed journals such as Econometrica, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Urban Economics or Regional Science and Urban Economics. He is editor of Regional Science and Urban Economics and an Affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), and the CESifo.

Thiess Büttner

Thiess Büttner

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board since 2019

Thiess Buettner holds the chair of Public Finance at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. He studied economics and international business in Göttingen and Konstanz and obtained his PhD from the University of Constance in 1997. Afterwards, he worked as a researcher at the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW), where he later became head of the division for Corporate Taxation and Public Finance Research. After his habilitation at the University of Mannheim he became CESifo professor of public finance at LMU Munich and head of the Public Sector department at the ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich. From 2015 to 2018, Thiess Büttner chaired the Academic Advisory Board at the Federal Ministry of Finance. Since 2018 he chairs the Independent Advisory Board of the Stability Council, a member of the European Network of Independent Fiscal Institutions EUNIFI. His research focuses on taxation, tax competition and fiscal federalism. The results of his work have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Urban Economics and World Development.

Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board since 2015

Since 2012 Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz has been head of the Institute for Mathematical Methods in Economics at the Vienna University of Technology, which was renamed in 2015 to the Institute for Stochastics and Mathematical Methods in Economics due to a merger with another institute. Since 2008 she is professor for Mathematical Economics at the Vienna University of Technology. She received her PhD in 1992 from the Vienna University of Technology and obtained the venia legendi in 1998. Before coming back to Vienna in 2003 to work at the Vienna Institute of Demography as deputy director and head of the research group on Population Economics, she worked at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock as the head of the research group on Population, Economy and Environment for five years. Her main fields of research are in the analysis of long-run population and economic development, macroeconomic consequences of an ageing population and agent-based modelling. The results of her research have been published in Demography, Journal of Economic Growth or Macroeconomic Dynamics.

Timothy W. Guinnane

Timothy W. Guinnane

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board since 2015

Timothy Guinnane teaches Economics at Yale University since 1993: initially, he was assistant professor (1993-1996), afterwards associate professor (1996-1999) and from 1999 to 2006 he was professor of Economics. Since 2006 he is Philip Golden Bartlett professor of Economics History at the Department of Economics. He received his PhD from Stanford University and worked as assistant professor at Princeton University, before he came to Yale University in 1993. His research interests are in the field of economic history, in particular demographic and financial history of Western Europe, with a special focus on European fertility transition, social insurance and credit cooperatives. Timothy Guinanne published his research in high-quality peer-reviewed journals such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Literature and the Economic History Review. From 2007 to 2010 he was member of the board of directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research and from 2009 to 2014 member of the advisory board of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. Since 2012 he is a member of the advisory board of the Institut für Bankhistorische Forschung.

Isabel Günther

Isabel Günther

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board since 2018

Isabel Günther is Professor of Development Economics at ETH Zurich (www.dec.ethz.ch). She is the academic director of the NADEL Center for Development and Cooperation (www.nadel.ethz.ch) and ETH for Development (www.ethz.eth4d.ch). Moreover, she is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Ethics Committee of ETH Zurich and the Commission for Global Research Partnerships of the Swiss Academy of Sciences.

Through her research and teaching, she aims to help address global inequalities and strengthen the collaboration between science, politics, and the society. She has conducted research and taught classes in Benin, Burkina Faso, Germany, France, Ghana, Kenya, Switzerland, South Africa, Uganda, and the United States.

Philip Jung

Philip Jung

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board since 2019

Philip Jung is Professor for Macroeconmics at TU Dortmund. He studied history and economics at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. In 2001 and 2002 he attended the Swiss Program for Beginning Doctoral Students at the Study Center Gerzensee and subsequently spent one year at Penn-University. In 2006 he completed his doctoral studies at the University of Frankfurt. Philip Jung then worked as a Post-Doc at the University of Amsterdam and was an Assistant Professor in Mannheim from 2009 to 2012. Between 2012 and 2014 he held a position as Professor in Bonn. His research focuses on the economic and social impacts of frictions in labor markets, the application of search-and-matching-theory on the explanation of inequality and uncertainty in income and consumption as well as the modelling, simulation and estimation of dynamic structural equilibrium models. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals such as American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, Journal of the European Economic Association and The Economic Journal.

Krisztina Kis-Katos

Krisztina Kis-Katos

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board since 2019

Krisztina Kis-Katos is Professor for International Economic Policy at the University of Göttingen. After her studies in Szeged and Konstanz she attended the Swiss Doctoral Program at the Study Center Gerzensee. In 2010, she received her PhD from the University of Freiburg. Her research focuses on applied development economics, political economy and applied microeconometrics. Her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals such as IMF Economic Review, European Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics and Journal of Human Resources. Krisztina Kis-Katos is a research fellow of IZA and RWI and a member of the Development economics group of Verein für Socialpolitik.

Martin Quaas

Martin Quaas

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board since 2019

Martin Quaas is Professor for Biodiversity Economics at the University of Leipzig and head of the research group “Biodiversity Economics” at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig. He studied Physics at the University of Duisburg and received his PhD in Economics from the University of Heidelberg in 2004. Afterwards he worked as a Postdoc at the Helmoltz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Tilburg University (Netherlands). From 2007 to 2010, Martin Quaas was an Assistant Professor and between 2010 and 2018 Professor of Environmental, Resource-, and Ecological Economics at the University of Kiel. His research focuses on the interactions between the economy and biodiversity. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals such as Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Ecological Economics and Environmental and Resource Economics.

Nadine Riedel

Nadine Riedel

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board since 2014; Vice chairwoman since 2019

Nadine Riedel is Professor of Economic Policy and Regional Economics at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster since October 2019. She received her PhD in 2008 from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. Between 2008 and 2010, she was a research fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation. From 2010 to 2014, she held the chair for Public Finance at the University Hohenheim. From 2014 to 2019 she held the position as a professor of Public Finance and Economic Policy at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Her research interests include international tax competition, corporate taxation, in particular the assessment of corporate tax effects on firm behavior, as well as taxation in developing countries. She published her research in high-quality journals like the European Economic Review, the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of International Economics. Nadine Riedel is research associate at the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and a research professor at the DIW Berlin.

Kerstin Schneider

Kerstin Schneider

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board since 2015; Chair since 2015

Since 2004 Kerstin Schneider holds the chair of Public Economics and Business Taxation at the Bergische University of Wuppertal und is the director of the WIB (Wuppertal Research Institute for the Economics of Education). She received her PhD in 1993 from the University of Georgia and qualified as professor at the University of Dortmund in 2001. Afterwards she was senior lecturer at the chair of Public Economics of Wolfram Richter at the University of Dortmund. Her research focuses on education economics and taxation and has been published in high-quality peer-reviewed journals such as the European Economic Review, the Journal of the European Economic Association or the Journal of Population Economics. Kerstin Schneider was board member of the Verein für Socialpolitik until 2010 and of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF) until 2015.

Conny Wunsch

Timo Goeschl

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board since 2015

Nicolas R. Ziebarth

Nicolas R. Ziebarth

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board since 2019

Nicolas R. Ziebarth is Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Department for Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. Having studied at HU Berlin and TU Berlin, in 2011 he completed his PhD in economics on the topic “Sickness Absence and Economic Incentives.” After having worked as a research associate at DIW Berlin, he joined the Cornell University as an Assistant Professor in 2011. Nicolas Ziebarth is a Research Fellow of RWI, DIW and IZA. He is also affiliated with the NBER Disability Research Center, the Canadian Centre for Health Economics and the Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) at the University of York. His research results in the areas of applied health and labor economics have been published in various peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Economic Journal and International Economic Review.

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