Students/Alumni

2017

Max Diegel Max Diegel

In Fall 2017 Max Diegel joined the DIW Graduate Center to pursue a PhD in Economics. He earned his Bachelors and Masters of Science in Economics from Freie Universität (FU) Berlin. During his undergraduate Studies Max also studied at the Université Pierre Mendès-France (UPMF) in Grenoble. Before Continuing the Master’s he did an internship with the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK) in Düsseldorf investigating possible dependencies between financial cycles and fiscal multiplicators. Since 2014 Max worked as a teaching assistant and later as a research assistant at the chair of econometrics at FU Berlin. In Summer 2017 Max was one of 20 student researchers in the seven week Open Source Macroeconomics Laboratory (OSM Lab) computational boot camp at the University of Chicago. His research interests are mainly, but not exclusively, in (monetary) macroeconomics and applied (time series) econometrics.

Björn Fischer Björn Fischer

Björn Fischer is currently a PhD student at the DIW Graduate Center. After his studies of Politics and Economics at the University of Münster he gained his M.Sc degree in Public Economics at FU in Berlin. In his thesis he accessed the causal effect of retirement behavior on informal care provision in Germany using a fuzzy RDD design on SOEP data. During his time in Berlin he worked as a student assistant at DIW in the Department of Public Economics. Before that he completed internships at the Federal Ministry of Economics as well as at WSI in Düsseldorf.

Dennis Gaus Dennis Gaus

Dennis Gaus is a PhD student at the DIW Graduate Center since 2017. After a Bachelor in Management, he gained a M.Sc. degree in Applied Economics from the University of Innsbruck, with semesters abroad in Toronto and Taipei and internships at Deutsche Bahn AG and the DIW. In his Master thesis, written in collaboration with the transport economics department of the DIW, he assessed insufficient maintenance funding of transportation infrastructure in Germany and its effect on economic growth from a production function perspective. His interest and research focus is on transportation economics and empirical industry economics.

Iuliia Grabova Iuliia Grabova

Iuliia Grabova is a PhD student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Administration from the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder). In her Bachelor thesis, she analyzed the impact of globalization and the role of labor unions on the widening skill premium. Subsequently, she continued as a Master's student of Economics at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Her Master thesis was devoted to information transmission games. Iuliia’s current research interests are focused on behavioral economics, labor economics and applied econometrics.

Jana Hamdan Jana Hamdan

Jana Hamdan is a Ph.D. student at the DIW Graduate Center in Berlin. During her undergraduate studies in Economics at Humboldt-University of Berlin, she spent one year abroad at Free University of Brussels. Subsequently, she obtained her M.Sc. in Economics at University of Potsdam, where she also worked as a student research assistant for the Chair of Markets, Competition and Institutions and the Chair of Public Economics. In her master’s thesis, she empirically investigated the impact of speculation on price spikes and volatility in agricultural markets. She interned with the EU representation of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein in Brussels, as well as KPMG in Berlin. Prior to joining the DIW Graduate Center, she worked in the Department of Competition and Consumers at DIW as a student research assistant. Jana’s current research interests are focused on financial markets, behavior and economic development.

Christine Herber Christine Herber

Christine Herber is a PhD student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center in Berlin. She obtained her master’s degree in International Economics from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and her bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics from Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. In addition, she spent study semesters in Puebla (Mexico) and Porto Alegre (Brazil). Her master’s thesis analyzed the association between breastfeeding and undernutrition based on household surveys from low-and middle-income countries. During her studies, she interned at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C., the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in Berlin, and the German embassy in Chile. Furthermore, she worked as a student research assistant at the chair of development economics in Göttingen. Her current research interest mainly lies in development and health economics.

Shan Huang Shan Huang

Shan Huang has been a PhD student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center since 2017. She completed her undergraduate studies in Economics at Humboldt University Berlin, with a semester abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, and holds a Master’s degree in Economics (Research Master) from Tilburg University. During her studies, she worked as a teaching assistant in the Econometrics department at Tilburg University and as a research assistant for a project on patent pools at the Tilburg Law and Economics Center. In her master thesis, she investigated the effects of a ban on gender-based insurance pricing on risk segmentation in the German health insurance market. Her primary research interests lie in the field of health economics and its intersection with empirical industrial organization.

Boryana Ilieva Boryana Ilieva

Boryana Ilieva is a PhD student at the DIW Graduate Center. Her research interests lay in the fields of applied microeconometrics, industrial organisation and competition policy. She holds a B.Sc in Economics from the University Mannheim and a M.Sc in Economics and Management Science from the Humboldt University in Berlin. In her Master theses, in a series of Monte Carlo experiments, she investigated the performance of a new nonparametric sieve minimum distance estimator for the joint density of random coefficients in the linear random coefficients model. Prior to joining the DIW, Boryana worked as a Forensic Data Analysis intern at KPMG and a Management Consulting intern at DB AG. During her studies she worked as a research assistant in the chairs for Microeconometrics and Management at HU Berlin. She spent a term at the University Sankt Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland and Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain, each.

Justus Inhoffen Justus Inhoffen

Justus Inhoffen is a PhD student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center since 2017. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Economics from the University of Mannheim and a B.Sc. from the University of Bonn. Prior to joining the DIW, Justus worked as a bank consultant in Frankfurt am Main. The combination with his work experience as a research assistant at the Institute for Applied Microeconomics in Bonn and the Chair for Economic Policy in Mannheim constitutes his research interests in Microeconometrics and Financial Stability.

Jan Malek Jan Malek

Jan Málek is a current Ph.D. student at the DIW Berlin. His research interests relate primarily to the empirical industrial organisation and competition policy. He completed his Bachelor in Economics at the Charles University in Prague, having spent one semester as a visiting student at the University of Mannheim. Jan obtained his Masters in Economics specializing in Markets and Regulation at the University of Amsterdam. In his Master thesis, he conducted an empirical analysis of the Czech car market and examined the effects of the Opel-PSA merger on the Czech market. His bachelor thesis modelled the influence of renewable sources on transmission systems in Central Europe and was published as a series of papers in international journals. Prior to joining DIW, Jan worked as a junior competition economist in a Czech law firm and as an analyst in several financial institutions, including a major Czech bank.

Stefano Piasenti Stefano Piasenti

Stefano Piasenti is currently a PhD student at the DIW Graduate Center. He conducted his undergraduate studies in Economics and Management at the University of Trento and subsequently obtained his two-years master in Economics at the University of Bologna. In his master thesis he empirically studied the north-south Italian divide in a behavioural perspective analyzing differences in cooperation and coordination through a game theoretical set up. Stefano's current research interests are focused on behavioural economics, experimental economics and economic development.

Camille Remigereau Camille Remigereau

Camille is a Ph.D. student at the DIW Graduate Center since October 2017. She graduated from the University of Mannheim with a Bachelor in Business Administration and later earned a Master in Economics and Management Science at the Humboldt University of Berlin. In her thesis she investigated the effect of gender on the competition level of the degree programs prospective students from Berlin applied to. During her studies she worked as a tutor at the Chair of Econometrics of Prof. Bernd Fitzenberger, Ph.D. and as a research assistant at the Education and Family Department at the DIW. She also worked as an intern at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation foreign office in Buenos Aires. Her research interests include labor and education economics as well as applied econometrics.

Puja Singhal Puja Singhal

Puja Singhal is a Research Associate in the Climate Policy department and a Ph.D. student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center. Prior to joining the DIW Berlin, she has worked in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and on a field experiment with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL South Asia). She is currently researching the design of environmental policy to boost low-carbon innovation in Europe.

Puja holds an M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an M.Sc. (Ph.D. coursework) in Environmental and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis. Her research interests lie in environmental, development, and behavioral economics.

Matteo Targa Matteo Targa

Matteo Targa is a PhD student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Centre. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Management at the university of Padova and subsequently he conducted his master studies in Economics at the University of Bologna. In his dissertation thesis he studied empirically the effect of immigration on the wage distribution in Italy using data from the Italian Labour Force Survey for the period 2008-2013. Matteo’s current research interests are focused on income inequality and redistribution policies.

Nicole Wägner Nicole Wägner

Nicole Wägner joined the DIW Berlin Graduate Center in 2017. She completed her Bachelor studies in Economics at Humboldt University of Berlin and obtained a Master’s degree in Industrial and Network Economics from Technical University Berlin. In her Master’s thesis, she analyzed the profit distribution behavior of municipally owned utilities by means of microeconometric methods. During her studies, she worked as a student research assistant at the Chair of Environmental Economics at Technical University Berlin and was a guest researcher at DIW Berlin. Her research interests lie in the fields of applied microeconomics, econometrics and energy and environmental economics.

2016

Jan Berkes Jan Berkes

Jan Berkes is a Ph.D. student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center since 2016. He holds a M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Mannheim. During his master studies, he worked as a research assistant at the Chair of Econometrics at the University of Mannheim. He also completed an internship at the National Rural Support Programme in Pakistan. Furthermore, Jan worked as a consultant for the World Bank (Development Research Group - Human Development) on the evaluation of a preschool expansion program in Cambodia. In his research, he is interested in microeconometrics, economics of education and development economics.

Nuria Boot Nuria Boot

Nuria Boot is a PhD student at the DIW Graduate Center. Her research interests relate primarily to industrial organisation and competition policy. She holds a Bachelor in Econometrics, a Master in Econometrics and a Master in Economics, specializing in Industrial Organisation, from the University of Amsterdam. In her two Master theses she built a theoretical model to study collusion in Euribor en Libor and designed empirical screens to detect collusion in these interbank rate panels. Prior to joining the DIW, she worked at Economic Policy Think Tank Bruegel in the area of competion policy and innovation. She has also worked as a trainee for the Chief Economist Team in the Directorate General for Competition at the European Commission, as well as in consulting.

Julio Fournier Julio Fournier

Julio Fournier is currently a PhD student at the DIW Graduate Center. He studied business administration at the Universidad del Pacífico in Quito, Ecuador, before gaining a M.Sc degree in economics from the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany in 2015. His thesis assessed the economic effects of energy policy in Ecuador by means if an applied computable general equilibrium model with heterogeneous households. Before joining the DIW Berlin he worked in several private companies as well as public organizations. His research interests include regional, resource and development economics.

Jan Philipp Fritsche Jan Philipp Fritsche

Jan Fritsche is a PhD fellow at DIW. His research interests are real-financial interactions, macroeconomics and financial stability. He holds a B.Sc. from the University of Augsburg, where he became a scholar of the Max Weber Program by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and the Elite Network of Bavaria. He holds a M.Sc. in Economics, specializing in macroeconomics from Freie Universität Berlin. During his master studies he was an EPINEL fellow from Freie Universität and Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he studied Computer Science and Econometrics. He also received a Go East and PROMOS scholarship for his studies at Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Prior joining the DIW GC he worked as an intern for the Goethe-Institut Novosibirsk (Siberia), the Bundesbank (executive department of the regional office in Mainz) and Deutsche Bank (European Policy Research division in Frankfurt). Moreover, he worked at the research center for Finance and Information Management (FIM) in Augsburg and for the department Forecasting and Economic Policy at DIW.

Alexander Haas Alexander Haas

Alexander has been a PhD student at the DIW Graduate Center since September 2016. In 2014, he finished a B.Sc. degree in economics at the University of Tuebingen (Germany), having spent one year as a visiting student at Harvard University (USA). In July 2016, he graduated from the University of Oxford (UK) with a M.Phil. in Economics. Alexander’s research focuses on Macroeconomics and Monetary Policy. In his master’s thesis he studied the implications of unconventional monetary policy at the zero lower bound in a DSGE model with financial frictions. He is a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung) and continues to work as a research assistant at the German Parliament in Berlin.

Friederike Heiny Friederike Heiny

Friederike Heiny is currently a PhD student in her first year at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center. During her Bachelor’s she studied International Economics (with Swedish and English) at the University of Tübingen and Lund University. After graduating in 2014 she continued her studies at Humboldt University of Berlin as Master student of Economics and graduated in 2016. In her Master’s thesis she discussed the topic of manager entrenchment in a principal-agent model set in a two-stage game.

During her studies she interned at the Federal Cartel Office of Germany, the Market Research Service Center of the Deutsche Post DHL AG and the DIW in the Competition and Consumers Department.

Jonas Jessen Jonas Jessen

Jonas Jessen is a current Ph.D. student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center. He received his B.Sc. at Humboldt University of Berlin. Following he obtained a M.Sc. in Economic Policy at University College London (UCL). In his master thesis he empirically investigated the labour market effects of a German parental leave reform on mothers using social security data from the German Institute for Employment research (IAB). During his studies he worked as a student research assistant for the Institute for Competition Policy and the Institute for Empirical Labour Economics at Humboldt University and at the STICERD at LSE. Jonas Jessen conducted tutorials and exercise classes in Microeconomics II, International Trade and Labour Economics at Humboldt University and taught Development Economics at the international summer school in Havana (ISSEM). In 2014 he received an award for the best tutorial of the School of Business and Economics of the academic year.

Tobias König Tobias König

Tobias König is currently a PhD student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center. He conducted his undergraduate studies in economics in Berlin and Groningen, thereafter he obtained his master’s degree in economics from Humboldt University Berlin in 2016. In his master’s thesis he investigated the interaction of financial frictions and frictions on the labor markets in a new-Keynesian DSGE framework with financial intermediation. His research interests are in the field of macroeconomics and econometrics, in particular monetary policy, financial markets and labor markets. During his studies he worked as a research assistant at the chair of Economic Theory II for Prof. Michael C. Burda. He joined the DIW Graduate Center in 2016.

Alejandro Sarmiento Alejandro Sarmiento

Luis Alejandro Sarmiento Abogado is a Phd student at the graduate center of the German Institute of Economic Research. He obtained his master degree in economics and management science at the Humboldt University of Berlin where, in his dissertation thesis he made a general assessment of the electric sector in Mexico through the use of multivariate time series techniques. His current research topics are mostly focused in applied econometrics, policy evaluation, energy networks and local pollution externalities.

Felicitas Schikora Felicitas Schikora

Felicitas Schikora is a first year Ph.D. student at the DIW Graduate Center in Berlin. She began her academic career with an interdisciplinary Bachelor’s program (Governance and Public Policy, Economics as major subject) at the University of Passau. Subsequently, she stayed at the Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen and the University of Connecticut (UConn), United States, for her Master’s program. She conducted her thesis as a part of a research project at the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IAW), Tübingen, where she also worked as a student assistent. The thesis investigated occupational careers within the non-medical healthcare industry in Germany and examined decisive parameters that motivate employees to a drop out of their profession early in their employment careers. She joined the DIW Graduate Center with the 2016 cohort.

Margret Schneider Margret Schneider

Margret is a Ph.D. student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center since October 2016. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Economic and Business Administration at the University of Konstanz and earned her Masters’s degree at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. There, she worked as a student assistant at the chair for microeconomic theory and its applications. She interned at ifo Institute, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Technology and the DZ Bank. In her thesis, she modeled small-bidder collusion in public procurement auctions. Margret’s current research interests are focused on empirical industrial organization, competition policy and economic development.

Jan Stede Jan Stede

Jan Stede is currently a Ph.D. student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center. His research interests lie in industrial energy efficiency (e.g. market-based instruments and energy services) and the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). Jan has studied the MSc Industrial and Network Economics with a focus on energy economics and climate policy at the TU Berlin and the University of Naples Federico II, and holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Cologne.

Prior to joining DIW Berlin as a research associate and Ph.D. student, Jan worked as student research assistant and intern with the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne, as well as an energy consulting firm. He is fluent in German, English and Italian.

2015

Patrick Burauel Patrick Burauel

Patrick Burauel studied economics at an undergraduate level at University Maastricht with an exchange semester in Hong Kong. In 2015 he graduated with a Master’s degree from Paris School of Economics and Ecole Polytechnique. In his Master’s thesis he analyzed the evolution of inequality of opportunity over the lifecycle. He also holds a degree in International Studies from the Centre International de Formation Européenne taught in Istanbul, Nice and Berlin. The associated Master’s thesis dealt with China’s economic reform process and its integration in the world economy. Patrick joined the DIW Berlin Graduate Center in 2015.

Daniel Graeber Daniel Graeber

Daniel Graeber is currently a Ph.D. student at the DIW Graduate Center. He studied Socioeconomics as well as Economics in Hamburg, Växjö, Sweden, and Kiel. He earned his B.A. in Socioeconomics from Hamburg University and his M.Sc. in Quantitative Economics from the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel. His master thesis empirically studied the effect of labor income uncertainty on subjective well-being using the GSOEP. He interned at business consultancies and economic consultancies, such as DIW Econ GmbH. During his graduate studies, he worked as a student research assistant at the Chair of Economics and Ethics in Kiel and as teaching assistant at the Institute for Statistics and Econometrics. He is interested in microeconometrics, labor economics, industrial organisation, policy evaluation as well as experimental and behavioral economics. In his free time, he likes to climb, to travel and to read. In 2015, he joined the DIW Berlin.

Martin Ignacio Harding Martin Ignacio Harding

Martin is a Ph.D. student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center since September 2015. He studied economics at Universidad de Chile in Santiago, before obtaining his master’s degree in economics from the University of Mannheim and the Université Libre de Bruxelles in a joint program between the two universities. His main fields of interest are macroeconomics, monetary economics, business cycle analysis and its interplay with financial stability. The focus of his PhD dissertation is on incorporating financial factors to DSGE models with the goal of improving their capacity to explain macroeconomic fluctuations. In order to account for diverse sources of nonlinearities, this project relies on Regime-Switching models, models with occasionally binding constraints, and non-linear solution methods in general. During his PhD, Martin did an internship at the research department of the National Bank of Belgium. Before joining the DIW, he did an internship at the Central Bank of Chile and worked as research assistant at the Chair of Econometrics at the University of Mannheim. He also worked as researcher and project manager at the Center for Regulation and Macro-financial Stability at Universidad de Chile. 

Sven Hartjenstein Sven Hartjenstein

Before joining the DIW Graduate Center in 2015, Sven Hartjenstein studied Economics at the FU Berlin. Therein he focused on Macroeconomics, Monetary Policy, and Time Series Analysis. In the course of his master thesis and internships he employed DSGE models to study endogenous growth and unconventional monetary policy. During his studies he worked as a teaching assistant at the chair of econometrics.

Melanie Koch Melanie Koch

Melanie is currently a Ph.D. student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center. She obtained her master’s degree in economics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2014. In her master thesis she empirically analyzed whether risk preferences and personality traits influence prediction biases in future life satisfaction. During her studies, Melanie worked as a student research assistant at the German Socio-Economic Panel at the DIW. In 2016, she worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on a lab-in-the-field experiment in Turkey. Her research interests are behavioral and development economics, especially consumer finance and financial inclusion/development.

Melanie Koch Melanie Koch

Melanie is a Ph.D. student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center and research associate at the department of International Economics. Since 2017, she is also a scholar of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. She obtained her master’s degree in economics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2014. During her studies, Melanie worked as a student research assistant at the German Socio-Economic Panel at the DIW. In 2016, she worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on a lab-in-the-field experiment in Turkey. In her doctoral thesis she analyzes behavioral aspects of financial inclusion and household finance.

Catalina Martinez Hernandez Catalina Martinez Hernandez

Catalina obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico. In her Bachelor’s thesis she did a simulation analysis of spurious regressions for long-memory processes and an application to the Sea Level-Temperature relationship obtaining a Cum Laude distinction. The latter work yielded into her first publication (coauthor). She completed her Master’s degree in Economics with a specialization in Econometrics and Applied Economics at the University of Konstanz. During her studies she worked in the Chair of Economics and Econometrics as a student research assistant. In her master’s thesis she analyzed Forecasts of main Macroeconomic Variables of the US based on Static and Dynamic Factor Models as well as Bayesian Regularization methods. She joined the DIW Graduate Center in 2015.

Melissa Newham Melissa Newham

Melissa Newham is a PhD student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center. Her research interests relate primarily to empirical industrial organisation and competition policy. She completed her Bachelor in Economics, Politics and Philosophy at the University of Cape Town and her Masters in Economics specializing in Industrial Organisation, Regulation and Competition Policy at the University of Amsterdam. Her Master’s thesis empirically studied spatial competition between airports for passengers. Prior to joining the Graduate Center in October 2015, she worked as a trainee for the Chief Economist Team in the Directorate General for Competition at the European Commission. She has also worked in economic consulting for the firms E.CA Economics in Berlin and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Amsterdam.

Julia Rechlitz Julia Rechlitz

Julia Rechlitz is a PhD student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center. She completed her studies in the master of industrial and network economics at the TU Berlin in 2015. She focused on applied microeconomics and energy economics. In her master’s thesis she analyzed the efficiency of German distribution system operators with respect to their ownership structure. Furthermore, she gained experience as student research assistant at the Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy (WIP) at TU Berlin and as a guest researcher at DIW Berlin.

Maximilian Schäfer Maximilian Schäfer

Maximilian Schäfer is currently a Ph.D. student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center. He studied Economics in Mannheim and in Bonn, earning his Master of Science in Economics at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn in 2014. Using an infinitely repeated game framework, his master thesis analyzes the impact of detection asymmetries on the stability of cartels in a multimarket framework. During his master studies he worked as a teaching assistant at the chairs of microeconomics and applied microeconomics at the Bonn University. Before joining the DIW in September 2015 he did an internship at the economic division of the German Federal Cartel office.

Renke Schmacker Renke Schmacker

Renke Schmacker is currently a Ph.D. student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center. He studied Economics, Business Psychology and Political Science in Berlin, Copenhagen and Lüneburg. In 2015 he obtained his Master's degree in Economics from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. During his studies he worked as a student research assistant in the Market Behavior unit at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and interned inter alia at the European Parliament. In his Master thesis he conducted a laboratory experiment that aimed to explore determinants and consequences of welfare stigma. His research interests center around Public and Behavioral Economics.

Sophia Schmitz Sophia Schmitz

Sophia Schmitz joined the DIW Berlin Graduate Center in 2015. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Mannheim and Stockholm University. Her current research interests are in applied microeconomics and econometrics, in particular in the field of labour and family economics. In her master’s thesis she estimated the causal impact of the parental leave reform on maternal labour supply, child care choices and family well-being in general. During her studies she interned at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and worked as a student assistant at the chair of theoretical econometrics in Mannheim.

Kevin Tran Kevin Tran

Kevin Tran undertook undergraduate studies in Business Administration at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin with a semester abroad at ESCP Europe in Paris. Further, he obtained his Master’s degree in Economics and Management Science from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In his Master’s thesis he analyzed a theoretical model of an energy-based economy to identify potential bottlenecks of environmental policy. He also worked as a teaching assistant at the Institute of Accounting and Auditing at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and interned at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research as well as in the Office of the Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He joined the DIW Graduate Center in 2015. In January 2017, he joined the Institute's Firms and Markets department.

Marica Valente Marica Valente

Marica Valente is a PhD student at DIW Graduate Center of Berlin. She obtained her Master degree in Economics at the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), where she majored in Environmental and Resource Economics. In her joint Master thesis on Waste Economics, she evaluated a waste policy implemented in Trento (Italy) through a recently developed econometric method acknowledged at TSE, and elaborated during an internship at the Ifo Center for Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources in Munich, and as visiting scholar at the Universat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Her current research interests mainly focus on Applied Microeconometrics, Policy Evaluation, Environmental and Resource Economics (Climate, Agriculture, Energy and Waste), and spread to the economic impact of migration, crime and conflicts, like the effects of networks of mafia groups and organised criminal behaviour. In her researches she would also like to explore the frontiers of human behaviour in Environmental Economics’ mechanism design settings.

Aline Zucco Aline Zucco

Aline Zucco joined the Graduate Center in 2015. She received her Master’s degree in Economics from the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. In her master’s thesis she analyzed the wage loss after birth-related career interruptions in male and female dominated occupations. During her studies she did internships at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and the DIW Berlin in the department of “Public Economics”. Besides this, she worked as a student assistant in the department of “Education and employment over the life course” at the IAB.

2014

Pauline Affeldt Pauline Affeldt

Pauline Affeldt joined the DIW in 2015. She started her Ph.D studies in the Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science (BPEMS) in 2014.

Pauline received her Master’s Degree in Economics from Tilburg University in 2011. Within her master program, she followed the competition policy track and wrote her master thesis about tying and bundling in two-sided markets. During her studies in Tilburg, Pauline worked as a research assistant at Tilburg University and as a student assistant at the Dutch competition authority ACM (formerly NMa). From 2012 to mid 2014, Pauline worked at the economic consultancy E.CA Economics in Berlin, gaining experience in advising clients in European and German competition policy cases (cartels, merger proceedings and abuse of dominance cases) in various industries.

Her main research interests lie in Empirical Industrial Organization and Competition Policy and Regulation.

Niels Aka Niels Aka

Niels Aka studied economics and politics at Durham University in the UK and was awarded an M.Sc. Economics from Regensburg University in Germany. At Regensburg University he was a teaching and research assistant at the Chair of Econometrics Prof. Tschernig. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center since 2014 and employed at the DIW Berlin as a scientific assistant since December 2015. During autumn of 2015 he developed a forecasting model for employment and unemployment in the Euro Area as part of a research stay at the European Central Bank.

Maximilian Bach Maximilian Bach

Maximilian Bach is currently a Ph.D. student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center. He obtained his Master’s degree in Economic and Financial Research with a specialization in labor economics from Maastricht University. In his Master’s thesis he empirically studied the impact of personality traits on wages in Germany. During his studies he worked as a research assistant for Prof. Dr. Thomas Dohmen and as a teaching assistant at the Department of Quantitative Economics.

Martin Johannes Bruns Martin Johannes Bruns

Martin Bruns joined the DIW Berlin Graduate Center in 2014. He studied economics in Tübingen, Ottawa and Toulouse earning his Bachelor’s degree from the university of Tübingen in 2012 and his Master’s degree from Toulouse School of Economics in 2014. In his Bachelor thesis he analyzed a theoretical macroprudential regulation paper and in his Master’s thesis he improved on an existing econometric testing procedure and applied it to the context of a financial stress forecasting model. In 2012 he worked as an intern for the German Central Bank and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW).

Khalid ElFayoumi Khalid ElFayoumi

Khalid ElFayoumi is a PhD fellow at the DIW Berlin Graduate Centre. He holds a Master of Research Degree in Economics and Finance from Maastricht University, with a concentration in Econometrics, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the American University in Cairo with a minor in Computer Science. Before shifting to economics, he worked at the Egyptian Ministry of Industry, developing business plans to improve export competitiveness of small and medium-size textile and garment manufacturers. After that, he joined the Oil and Gas industry as a field engineer at Baker Hughes Inc. His research during his master´s focused on the dynamic valuation of long term assets exposed to stochastic market risk in a dynamic term structure framework. His current research interest falls in the area of financial frictions and asset pricing in dynamic macroeconometric models. Khalid joined DIW in 2014.

Stefan Etgeton Stefan Etgeton

Stefan Etgeton is a doctoral candidate at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center. He studied in Cologne, Warsaw, Utrecht and Berlin, obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Cologne and his Master’s Degree in Public Economics from the Free University Berlin. He has been a student research assistant at the DIW Berlin and a teaching assistant at Humboldt University Berlin. For his Master's thesis he used a structural model to predict the reaction to a policy change in old-age provision. His research interests are in Applied Microeconometrics and Public Economics.

Stefan Gebauer Stefan Gebauer

Stefan Gebauer joined the DIW Graduate Center in October 2014. Before, he studied in Tübingen and Boston and earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Tübingen in 2012. Thereafter, he studied International Economics and Economic Policy at Goethe University Frankfurt. In his master thesis, Stefan empirically evaluated the role of monetary cross-checking in the European Central Bank’s policy approach. Over the course of his studies, he worked as a research and teaching assistant at university chairs and gained professional research experience during stays at the DIW Berlin, the KfW Banking Group, Deutsche Bundesbank, and the European Central Bank. His current research interests lie in the area of monetary economics, macro-finance and international macroeconomics.

Tatsiana Kliatskova Tatsiana Kliatskova

Before joining the DIW Berlin Graduate Center in 2014, Tatsiana Kliatskova obtained her Master’s degree in Economic policy from the Central European University, Budapest. Her master’s thesis examined whether the effect of exchange rate volatility on trade depends on the level of financial development of trading partners. During her studies she did internships at the National Bank of Slovakia and Centre for East European Policy Studies. After graduating she worked as an economic policy analyst at the leading Belarusian commercial bank. Her major research interests lie in the fields of international economics and economic policy.

Jakob Miethe Jakob Miethe

Jakob Miethe is a doctoral candidate in international economics at Humboldt University Berlin and the DIW Graduate Center. His research is focused on tracking capital flows via international financial centers and offshore financial constructs. He is also researching structural reform efforts in product and labor markets in OECD countries. Jakob Miethes has visited the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a guest researcher and worked at the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) as well as the Macroeconomics and Economic Policy Departments of the DIW. He joined the DIW Graduate Center in October 2014.

Sandra Pasch Sandra Pasch

Before she joined the DIW Berlin Graduate Center in October 2014, Sandra Pasch studied Economics at Freie Universität Berlin with a focus on macroeconomics. In her Master’s thesis, she modelled a fiscal devaluation in a three-country DSGE model. During her studies, Sandra worked as a student assistant at the chair of Monetary Economics, the chair of Applied Statistics and the chair of Knowledge Management.

Thore Schlaak Thore Schlaak

Before joining the DIW Graduate Center in October 2014 Thore Schlaak earned a master’s degree in Economics at Freie Universität Berlin as of 2011. Moreover, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Wilhelms-University Münster in Politics & Economics. He studied abroad at Universidad Complutense Madrid and interned at various policy and research institutions. Furthermore, he was a student assistant at the DIW’s Forecasting and Economic Policy department. During his studies he developed macroeconomics and econometric methods as his primary research areas. In his master thesis he estimated an exchange rate model using multivariate time series techniques and especially focused on forecasting and model stability during the global financial crisis.

Julia Schmieder Julia Schmieder

Julia studied Economics at the University of Mannheim and at University College London. Before joining the Graduate Center in 2014, she worked as a researcher at the chair of Andrea Weber in Mannheim. Julia interned in NGOs in India and Bolivia that work on microfinance and women empowerment. She gained research experience working as an assistant at the Center for European Economic Research and at the IFS in London. Her current research interest lies in microeconometrics with a focus on household labor supply & social insurance.

Furthermore, Julia is working on topics in migration as part of the DFG project "The German Labor Market in a Globalized World" at WU Vienna.

Cortnie Anne Shupe Cortnie Anne Shupe

Cortnie Shupe is currently a PhD student at the DIW Graduate Center in Berlin. Her research interests center around public and labor market policy evaluation. She holds a Master's degree in Specialized Economic Analysis from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, a dual-degree Master's in International Relations (MAIB) from the Free University Berlin, Humboldt University, University of Potsdam and MGIMO, and a Bachelor's degree from the Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon. Prior to entering the doctoral program at the DIW, Cortnie worked as a project manager in the program Shaping Sustainable Economies (Nachhaltig Wirtschaften) at the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Fabian Stöckl Fabian Stöckl

Fabian Stöckl has joined the DIW Graduate Center as a Ph.D. student in October 2014. He holds a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Munich (LMU). During his studies Fabian specialized in macroeconomics with particular focus on Growth, New Keynesian Economics and International Finance. His research interests lie in the field of Climate Policy and Energy Economics.

Vera Zipperer Vera Zipperer

Vera Zipperer is currently a Ph.D. student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center and research associate at the DIW department Climate Policy. She conducted her undergraduate studies in Economics in Maastricht and Singapore and earned her Master degree in Economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona in 2011. After graduating she worked as a Junior Economist at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for three years, researching in the field of environmental economics. In her papers, next to developing a new indicator for green growth, she analysed empirically the economic effects of environmental regulation. Her research interests lie in environmental economics, macroeconomics and productivity.

2013

Pablo Anaya Pablo Anaya

Prior to joining the DIW Graduate Center in 2013, Pablo studied economics at the Freie Universität Berlin with a focus on macroeconomics and econometrics. In his Master's thesis, he empirically analyzed the sustainability of public debt in the United States. During his studies, Pablo worked as a student research and teaching assistant at the chair of econometrics.

Daniel Bierbaumer Daniel Bierbaumer

Before joining the DIW Berlin Graduate Center in October 2013, Daniel was a student of Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics, Business & Social Sciencies and a Master's degree in Economics from WU. During his Bachelor studies he also spent an exchange term at the University of Manchester. Besides his studies, he completed various internships in research departments of financial services companies as well as at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) during his PhD. In his PhD thesis Daniel analyzes financial market behavior and the interdependence between financial markets and the real economy by applying structural time series models. He works as a research associate at the University of Potsdam where he holds tutorial classes in Macroeconomics. His current main research interests lie generally in the field of empirical macroeconomics, business cycle analysis and financial markets.

Georg Camehl Georg Camehl

Georg Camehl is currently a Ph.D. student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center. He studied economics in Mannheim and Ankara, earning his Bachelor of Science from the University of Mannheim in 2010. Afterwards he studied in the Joint Masters Program in Statistics in Berlin focusing on econometrics. During his studies he did internships at the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim and the DIW in the department “Socioeconomic Panel Study (SOEP)”. Furthermore, he worked as a student research assistant in the project group “National Educational Panel Study (NEPS)” at the Berlin Social Research Center (WZB).        

Sascha Drahs Sascha Drahs

Sascha Drahs is a Ph.D. student at the DIW Graduate Center. He studied economics at Humboldt- University at Berlin and the University of California, San Diego, with a specialty in econometrics and behavioral economics. His research interests are in labor economics and behavioral economics.

Caterina Forti Grazzini Caterina Forti Grazzini

Before joining the DIW Berlin Graduate Center in 2013, Caterina Forti Grazzini obtained her Master’s degree in Economics from Bocconi University, Milan. In her master’s thesis, she modeled seven yield spreads in the context of the U.S. fixed income market and investigated whether taking into account the presence of structural breaks would have improved the predictive ability of the model during the financial crisis 2008-2011. Besides her studies and after graduating, she worked as a research assistant at Pictet Asset Management, Milan. Her current research interest lies on the interaction between monetary policy, systemic risk and financial stability.

Mathias Huebener Mathias Huebener

Mathias Huebener is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center. Mathias obtained a B.A. in Banking and Finance before he earned a Diploma in Economics at University of Essex. He studied his Master in Economic Policy at University College London. In his Master's thesis, Mathias empirically analyzed the role of family risk attitudes in education decisions and intergenerational mobility. Prior to joining the DIW Graduate Center in 2013, he worked as research associate in the Department of Education Policy at DIW Berlin. His major fields of research are the economics of education, policy evaluations and intergenerational mobility.

Marie Le Mouel Marie Le Mouel

Marie Le Mouel joined the DIW Berlin Graduate Center in 2013. She holds a Bachelor degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, and a Masters in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris and Ecole Polytechnique. She wrote her Masters' thesis on the social network analysis of Open Source Software programmers. Before joining the Graduate Center she worked at the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry of the OECD, focusing on the measurement of intangible assets. Her research interest is in economics of innovation and its links to the demand for skills.

Nils May Nils May

Nils May is a research associate and Ph.D. student in the DIW's Climate Policy department. In his research, he focuses on empirical analyses regarding the transition towards a less carbon-intensive energy future. In 2013, he received his Master degree from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in Bergen, Norway. There, he had studied Economics with a major in Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, together with the University of California, Berkeley. In his Master thesis, he empirically analyzed the local economic impacts of wind
power deployment in Germany. He conducted his Bachelor degree in International Business Administration and Information Technology in Germany and China, while working for SAP AG at the same time. He currently researches on reforms of the German Renewables Act (EEG) and the EU ETS.

Aleksandra Peeva Aleksandra Peeva

I joined the Graduate Center in October 2013. Previously, I studied Business Administration at Universität Bayreuth and Freie Universität Berlin. I received my graduate training in Economics from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Throughout my studies I specialized in macroeconomics, econometrics and finance. My master thesis dealt with the application of non-conventional monetary policies in times of serious financial markets disruptions.
I have interned in the fields of economic policy (Federal Ministry of Finance in Germany, German Agency for International Cooperation, Federation of German Industries) and applied research (DIW econ). I also helped with the organization of the Young Scholars Initiative for the Institute for New Economic Thinking in Berlin in 2012.

Hedwig Plamper Hedwig Plamper

Hedwig Plamper joined the DIW Berlin Graduate Center in October 2013. After studying at Bocconi University in Italy and the University of Virginia, she obtained her master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, where she also worked as a student teaching assistant. In her master thesis, Hedwig analysed the relationship between election outcomes and income distribution. Prior to joining the Graduate Center Hedwig gained experience as a trainee at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), the European Commission and the European Central Bank, where she developed a keen interest in globalisation as well as European integration and its interaction with national competitiveness.

Ulrich C. Schneider Ulrich C. Schneider

I am a Ph.D. student at Freie Universität Berlin and a research associate at the public economics department at DIW Berlin.

I am an applied microeconomist whose research integrates elements of labor, public and behavioral economics. In particular, I study how career dynamics are affected by bounded rationality. My research identifies potential limitations of rational decision making and quantifies their consequences. Additionally, I analyze how public policy can aid individuals in making more efficient choices.

In my job market paper, I demonstrate how expectations about future employment prospects can be identified using exogenous variation caused by policy reforms. Estimations show that mothers strongly overestimate their future employment prospects, which causes longer career breaks and increases the costs of motherhood.

Annika Schnücker Annika Schnücker

Annika Schnücker joined the Graduate Center in October 2013. Her main research interests lie in the field of multiple time series analysis and empirical macroeconomics. In her doctoral thesis she studies model selection and estimation methods for panel vector autoregressive models. She obtained her Master's degree of Economics from the Wilhelms-University Münster. Before, she studied Economics and Business Administration as well as History in Frankfurt and Oldenburg. She worked as an intern at the German Bundesbank and the Rheinisch-Westfälischen Institute for Economic Research. Annika visited during her PhD the research department of the International Monetary Fund and the Department of Economics of the University of Melbourne. She works as a teaching assistant for Multiple Time Series Analysis at the Free University of Berlin and at DIW Berlin.

2012

Alexander Konon

He joined the DIW graduate center in October 2012. He studied international economics at the University of Potsdam – working as a teaching assistant alongside his studies. Alexander concentrated his attention on trade theory, in particular trade under imperfect competition and effects of financial crises on trade, and general-equilibrium migration theory. In his master thesis, Alexander analyzed the impact of different types of mobility (migration, commuting, and intermediate forms) on agglomeration patterns of households and firms, inside the framework of geographical economics.

Amelie Schiprowski Amelie Schiprowski

Amelie Schiprowski joined the Graduate Center in 2012, after having studied economics at Sciences Po, École Polytechnique and ENSAE. Her research is in applied econometrics, with a focus on labor economics and public economics.

Caroline Stiel Caroline Stiel

Caroline Stiel is research associate at the German Institute for Economic Research in the department Firms and Markets.

She joined the Graduate Center in 2012. She holds a master's degree in Economics from Humboldt University Berlin. In 2009, she obtained a double diploma in European Administration and Economic Policy from the University of Münster and Sciences Po Lille, France.

Her research interests are in the future of the European energy markets and the local provision with public services.

2011

Patricia Gallego Granados Patricia Gallego Granados

Patricia joined the Graduate Center in October 2011. She holds a degree in economics from Universität Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, and a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. In her Master Thesis, she analyzed the changes in the tax benefit systems of EU countries resulting from the recent economic and financial crisis. During her studies, she has interned in the European Institute of Public Administration and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Verena Grass Verena Grass

Verena Grass joined the Graduate Center in October 2011. Having studied economical mathematics in Berlin and Århus and Political Science in Hagen, she holds a degree (Diplom-Wirtschaftsmathematikerin) from the Technical University Berlin and a certificate in Peace and Conflict studies. Before joining the DIW she gained working experience both in the private and public sectors, she was working at the consulting company PwC in Risk management, Financial Services and Public sector consulting and completed an internship at the German Bundestag. Throughout her studies Verena focused on modelling with differential equations and developed a keen interest in the link between financial markets and the macroeconomics.

GC-Alumni

Dr. Felix Arnold

Cohort: GC2011

Research Interests: Political Economics, Public Economics, Applied Microeconometrics

Current Employer: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Viktor Steiner, Prof. Ronny Freier, Ph.D.

Dr. Alexandra Avdeenko

Cohort: GC2010

Research Interests: Political Economy, Development Economy, Applied Econometrics

Current Employer: Chair of Econometrics,
Department of Economics, University of Mannheim

Dissertation Supervisors:
Prof Thomas Siedler, Prof. Ronny Freier

Dr. Nataliya Barasinska

Cohort: GC2007

Research Interests: Corporate Finance, Household Finance, Credit Risk, Real Estate Markets

Current Employer: Deutsche Bundesbank

Dissertation Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Dorothea Schäfer, Prof. Dr. Andreas Stephan

Dr. Julian Baumann

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interests: Labour Economics, Technical Change

Dissertation Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Alexander S. Kritikos

Dr. Benjamin Beckers

Cohort: GC 2012

Research Interests: Empirical Macroeconomics, Monetary Policy and Financial Stability

Current Employer:  Reserve Bank of Australia

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Helmut Lütkepohl, Prof. Dr. Kerstin Bernoth

Dr. Eva M. Berger

Cohort: GC2006

Research Interests: Economics of Education, Labor Economics, Applied Microeconometrics, Behavioral Economics

Current Employer: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. C. Katharina Spieß, Prof. Dr. Ronnie Schöb

Dr. Veronika Bertram-Hümmer

Cohort: GC2010

Research Interests: Microinsurance (in particular index-based products) and inclusive Microfinance Solutions, Behavior under Risk and Measurement of Risk Attitudes, Poverty and Inequality

Current Employer: Economist, Insurance System Development, KfW Bank Group

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Susan Steiner, Nathan Fiala, PHD

Dr. Christopher Kaya Boortz

Cohort: GC2012

Research Interests: Microeconomics, Decision Theory, Herding, Financial Markets

Current Employer: Strategic Services Consulting GmbH

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Dieter Nautz, Prof. Georg Weizsäcker Ph.D.

Dr. Frauke G. Braun

Cohort: GC2006

Research Interests: Energy Economics

Current Employer:  Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen

Dr. Franziska BremusDr. Franziska Bremus

Cohort: GC2008

Research Interests: Macroeconomics, Real-financial Interactions, International Banking

Current Employer: DIW Berlin, Macroeconomics Department

Dissertation Supervisors: Dr. Claudia M. Buch, Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Kohler

Dr. Elisabeth Church

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interests: Applied Panel Analyses and Interdisciplinary Research combining Economics, Psychology and the Neurosciences

Current Employer: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. C. Katharina Spieß, Prof. Ronny Freier, Ph.D.

Dr. Astrid CullmannDr. Astrid Cullmann

Cohort: GC2006

Research Interests: Industrial Organization, Managerial Economics, Regulation and Competition, Applied Microeconometrics, Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, Utility Industries (Energy, Water, Public Transport)

Current Employer: DIW Berlin, Firms and Markets Department

Dissertation Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen, Prof. Dr. Axel Werwatz, Prof. Dr. Peter Bogetoft

Dr. Sarah Dahmann

Cohort: GC2011

Research Interests: Applied Microeconometrics, Education and Labor Economics

Current Employer: Research Associate,
School of Economics, The University of Sydney


Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. C. Katharina Spieß, Prof. Dr. Silke Anger

Dr. Burcu Erdogan

Cohort: GC2006

Research Interests: European Financial Markets and Convergence/Divergence

Current Employer: PwC Consultancy

Dr. Damir Esenaliev

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interests: Development economics with a focus on inequality; education and market participation in agricultural markets

Current Employer: SIPRI, Stockholm

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Tilman Brück, Prof. Dr. Helmut Lehmann and Prof. Dr. Susan Steiner

Dr. Johannes GeyerDr. Johannes Geyer

Cohort: GC2006

Research Interests: Social Policy, Pension Economics, Savings and Labor Market Behavior, Microsimulation

Current Employer: DIW Berlin, Public Economics Department

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Viktor Steiner, Prof. Dr. Carsten Schröder

Dr. Daniela Glocker

Cohort: GC2006

Research Interests: Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics, Spatial Economics

Current Employer: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Viktor Steiner, Prof. Dr. Irwin Collier

Dr. Felix Groba

Cohort: GC2008

Research Interests: renewable energies, international trades, energy policies and innovation

Current Employer: Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen, Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert

Dr. Christoph Große Steffen

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interests: Financial Markets and Economic Growth, International Macroeconomic Developments, Monetary Policy and Financial Market Policy

Current Employer: Research Economist, Banque de France

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Philipp Engler, Prof. Dr. Almuth Scholl

Dr. Michael Hachula

Cohort: GC 2012

Research Interests: Applied Macroeconometrics and Financial Econometrics

Current Employer: Federal Ministry of Finance

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Dieter Nautz, Dr. Christian Offermanns

Dr. Clemens Haftendorn

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interests: Energy and Resources Economics, International Energy and Resources Markets, Applied Numerical Economic Modeling

Current Employer: Wood Mackenzie

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen, Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert

Dr. Hendrik Hagedorn

Cohort: GC2008

Research Interests: The Austrian Theory of the Business Cycle

Current Employer: Assistant Professor in Economics, Business and Information Technology School (BiTS), Berlin


Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Ulrich van Suntum, Prof. Dr. Herbert Kuchen

Dr. Andreas Harasser

Cohort: GC2008

Research Interests: Games Theory and Microtheory

Current Employer: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Ph.D. Georg Weizsäcker, Prof. Dr. Pio Baake

Dr. Sven Heitzler

Cohort: GC2006

Research Interests: Competition Policy, Network, ICT and Regulatory Economics and Strategy, and ICT Security

Current Employer: Deutsche Telekom AG

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Christian Wey, Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen

Dr. Adrian Hille

Cohort: GC2011

Research Interests: Inequality, Social Policy, Education, Policy Evaluation

Current Employer: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. C. Katharina Spieß, Prof. Dr. Silke Anger

Dr. Daniel Huppmann

Cohort: GC2011

Research Interests: Energy Economics, Climate & Environmental Policy, Operations Research, Game Theory

Current Employer: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen, Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert

Personal website: http://dergelbesalon.at/dh.

Dr. Marlene Karl-Titze

Cohort: GC2010

Research Interests: Financial Stability, Banking Risk, Bank Behaviour

Current Employer: Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin)

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Dieter Nautz, Prof. Dr. Claudia Buch

Dr. Sindu Workneh Kebede

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interests: Development Economics; Applied Economics

Current Employer: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Tilman Brück

Dr. Daniel KemptnerDr. Daniel Kemptner

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interests: Applied Econometrics, Life Cycle Models, Health Economics

Current Employer: DIW Berlin, Public Economics Department

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Peter Haan, Prof. Dr. Frank Fossen

Dr. Christian Krekel

Cohort: GC 2011

Research Interests: Well-Being, Public Policy Analysis, Applied Microeconometrics

Current Employer: London School of Economics

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Claudia Senik Ph.D.,
Prof. Dr. Gert Wagner, Nicolas Ziebarth Ph.D.

Dr. Antje Kröger

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interests: Development Economics, Survey and Evaluation Methodology, Agricultural Economics, Climate Policy

Current Employer: Sparkassen Rating und Risikosysteme

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Tilman Brück, Prof. Dr. Kathryn Anderson

Dr. Friederike Lenel

Cohort: GC 2011

Research Interests: Development Economics and Behavioral Economics

Current Employer: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Georg Weizsäcker Ph.D., Prof. Dr. Susan Steiner

Dr. Anna Lu

Cohort: GC2012

Research Interests: Empirical Industrial Organisation, Quantitative Maketing, Behavioral Economics

Current Employer: McKinsey & Company

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Tomaso Duso, Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap

Dr. Holger LüthenDr. Holger Lüthen

Cohort 2010

Research Interests: Income Inequality, Public Economics, Applied Econometrics

Current Employer: DIW Berlin, Public Economics Department

Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Giacomo Corneo, Prof. Dr. Peter Haan

Prof. Dr. Jan MarcusProf. Dr. Jan Marcus

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interests: Education Economics, Health Economics, Applied Econometrics

Current Employer: DIW Berlin, Education and Family Department

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner, Prof. Thomas Siedler, PhD

Dr. Roman Mendelevitch

Cohort: GC2013

Research Interests:
Energy and Resource Economics

Current Employer:
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen, Dr. Franziska Holz

Dr. Florian Mölders

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interest: International Trade, Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Development

Current Employer: International Finance Corporation, Beigeordnete Sachverständige (BS) - Junior Professional Officer(JPO)

Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. Ansgar Belke

Dr. Cathérine Müller

Cohort: GC2006

Research Interests: Conflict, Post-Conflict, Development, Child Health

Current Employer: Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University in Brighton, UK

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Tilman Brück, Prof. Dr. Konstantinos Drakos

Dr. Tony Muhumuza

Cohort 2008

Research Interests: Development Economics, Child labour, Poverty Analysis , Economics of Conflict

Current Employer: United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Uganda

Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Tilman Brück

Helene Naegele Helene Naegele

Cohort: GC2012

Research Interests: Applied Microeconomics, Public Policy Evaluation, Environmental Policy

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Pio Baake, Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen

Dr. Michael Neumann

Cohort: GC2011

Research Interests: Social Policy, Labor Economics, Microeconometrics

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Peter Haan.

Dr. Kathleen Ngangoué

Cohort: GC 2010

Research Interests: Behavioral and Experimental Economics

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Georg Weizsäcker Ph.D., Prof. Antonio Guarino Ph.D.

Dr. Maria Nieswand

Cohort: GC2008

Research Interests: Application of Microeconometric-based Quantitative Methods, Efficiency and Productivity Analysis;
Public Economics, Industrial Economics, Economics of Regulation;
Empirical Analysis of Network Industries and Public Service Providers

Current Employer: DIW Berlin, Firms and Markets Department

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen, Prof. Dr. Andreas Stepahn

Dr. Olga Nottmeyer

Cohort: GC2007

Research Interests: Migration and Labour Market

Current Employer: IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Klaus F. Zimmermann, Prof. Dr. Axel Werwatz

Dr. Beatrice Pagel

Cohort: GC2008

Research Interests: Industrial organization, Competition policy, special interest in interaction between unionization structure and product market competition

Current Employer: DIW Berlin, Executive Board Department

Dissertation Supervisors:Prof. Dr. Christian Wey, Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap

Dr. Frauke H. PeterDr. Frauke H. Peter

Cohort: GC2007

Research Interests: Economics of Education and Family Economics

Current Employer: DIW Berlin, Education and Family Department

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. C. Katharina Spieß, Prof. Dr. Ronnie Schöb

Dr. Katharina Pijnenburg

Cohort: GC2008

Research Interests: Spatial Econometrics; Regional Growth; Entrepreneurship

Current Employer: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Dieter Nautz, Prof. Dr. Alexander Kritikos

Dr. Maximilian Podstawski

Cohort: GC2011

Research Interests: Macroeconomics, Time Series Econometrics, Business Cycle Analysis

Current Employer: Federal Ministry of Finance

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Helmut Lütkepohl, Dr. Ferdinand Fichtner

Dr. Sören Radde

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interests: Macroeconomics, Macrofinance, Monetary macroeconomics

Current Employer: European Central Bank

Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Frank Heinemann

Dr. Pia Rattenhuber

Cohort: GC2007

Research Interests: Public Economics, Labor Economics

Current Employer: United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER)

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Viktor Steiner , Prof. Dr. Bernhard Boockmann

Dr. Philipp M. Richter

Cohort: GC2011

Research Interests: Trade and Environment, Climate Change and Environmental Policies

Current Employer: Junior Professor, Dresden University of Technology

Dissertation Supervisor: Prof.Chr. v. Hirschhausen, Prof. Dr. Marco Runkel

Dr. Nils Saniter

Cohort: 2009

Research Interests: Migration, Education and Labour Economics

Current Employer: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Klaus F. Zimmermann, Prof. Dr. Katja Görlitz

Dr. Geza Sapi

Cohort: GC2007

Research Interests: Theoretical Industrial Organization

Current Employer: EU Commission - DG COMP, Chief Economist Team

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Christian Wey, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kamecke

Dr. Wolf-Peter SchillDr. Wolf-Peter Schill

Cohort: GC2007

Research Interests: Power Market Modelling, Renewable Energy, Integration Electric Vehicles

Current Employer: DIW Berlin, Energy, Transportation, Environment Department

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen, Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert

Dr. Tobias Schmidt

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interests: Behavioural Economics and Household Finance

Current Employer: foodora GmbH

Dissertation Supervisors:
Prof. Ph.D. Georg Weizsäcker, PD Dr. Yves Breitmoser

Dr. Anne Schopp

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interests:Energy and Climate Economics, Climate Finance, EU budget, EU Emission Trading System

Current Employer: World Bank

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Karsten Neuhoff, Assi. Prof. Michael D. Grubb

Dr. Andreas Schröder

Cohort: 2009

Research Interests: Energy and Transport Economics

Current Employer: Vattenfall Energy Trading GmbH

Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen, Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert

Dr. Stefan SeifertDr. Stefan Seifert

Cohort: GC2011

Research Interests: Efficiency & Productivity Analysis, Regulatory Benchmarking and Network Industries, Energy Economics

Current Employer: DIW Berlin, Firms and Markets department

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen, Dr. Astrid Cullmann

Dr. Johanna Storck

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interests: Education Economics, Labor Economics and Family

Current Employer: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Qualitätsmanagement

Dissertation Supervisors: 
Prof. Dr. Viktor Steiner, Assistant Prof. Frank Fossen

Dr. Isabel TeichmannDr. Isabel Teichmann

Cohort: GC2007

Research Interests: Industrial Organization, Vertical Relations, Trade, Development, CGE-Modelling, Micro-Macro Analysis, Biochar

Current Employer: DIW Berlin, Department of Energy, Transportation, Environment

Dissertation Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Harald von Witzke

Dr. Andreas Thiemann

Cohort: GC2011

Research Interests: Social Policy, Family Pension Benefits, Applied Microeconomics

Current Employer: Economic Analyst, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Peter Haan, Prof. Dr. Frank Fossen

Dr. Songül TolanDr. Songül Tolan

Cohort: GC2012

Research Interests: Public Economics, Labor Economics, Economics of Retirement, Dynamic Structural Modeling and Estimation, Applied Microeconometrics

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Peter Haan, Prof. Dr. Arthur van Soest

Dr. Doreen Triebe

Cohort: GC2010

Research Interest: Innovation Economics, International Economics and Applied Econometrics

Current Employer: World Bank

Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner, Prof. Dr. Silke Anger

Dr. Paul Viefers

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interest: Behavioral Economics; Experimental Economics; Applied Econometrics; Nowcasting

Current Employer:A.T. Kearney, Analytics Associate

Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. Georg Weizsäcker, Prof. Dr. Roland Strausz

Dr. Marc Vothknecht

Cohort: GC2006

Research Interests: Development Economics, Social Protection, Analysis of Conflict

Current Employer: EU Commission

Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Tilman Brück

Dr. Lilo WagnerDr. Lilo Wagner

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interest: Microeconomics, Industrial Organization

Current Employer: DIW Berlin, Competition and Consumers Department

Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. Dr.Tilman Brück

Dr. Nina Wald

Cohort: GC2008

Research Interests: Development Economics, Economics of Conflict, International Economics.

Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Tilman Brück

Dr. Michael Weinhardt

Cohort: GC2008

Research Interests: Cultural Sociology, Youth Sociology, Sociology of the Life Course and Panel Data Analysis

Current Employer: University of Bielefeld

Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schupp

Clara Welteke Clara Welteke

Cohort: GC2013

Research Interests: Labor Economics and Social Policy

Current Employer: Europäische Kommission, DG Employment

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Peter Haan, Albrecht Glitz Ph.D.

Dr. Juliana Werneburg

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interests: Inequalities within couples

Current Employer: I+E Berlin Market Research GmbH, Project Manager & Moderator

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Martin Diewald, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schupp

Dr. Aleksandar ZaklanDr. Aleksandar Zaklan

Cohort: GC2008

Research Interests: Environmental and Resource Economics, Policy Evaluation, Applied Econometrics

Current Employer: DIW Berlin, Energy, Transportation, Environment Department

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen, Prof. Dr. Axel Werwatz

Dr. Vaishali ZambreDr. Vaishali Zambre

Cohort: GC2012

Research Interests: Education Economics

Current Employer: DIW Education and Family Department

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. C. Katharina Spieß, Prof. Thomas Siedler, PhD

Dr. Christian Zankiewicz

Cohort: GC2011

Research Interests: Behavioral Economics, Investor Decisions, Experimental Economics

Current Employer: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Georg Weizsäcker, Phd.

Dr. Alexander ZerrahnDr. Alexander Zerrahn

Cohort: GC2011

Research Interests: Energy Economics, Electricity Markets, Numerical Models, Applied Game Theory, Microeconometrics

Current Employer: DIW Berlin, Energy, Transportation, Environment Department

Dissertation Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen, Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schwenen

Asst. Prof. Dr. Nicolas R. Ziebarth

Cohort: GC2006

Research Interests: Applied Health and Labor Economics

Current Employer: Cornell University, USA

Dissertation Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner, Prof. Dr. Regina Riphahn, PhD

Dr. Michael Zschille

Cohort: GC2009

Research Interest: Efficiency Analysis, Regulation Management, Industrial Organization, Economic Policy

Current Employer: DIW Berlin, Firms and Markets Department

Dissertation Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen