Vanessa Schmidt is currently a PhD student at the Berlin School of Economics. She studied economics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Toulouse School of Economics and Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon. Her master thesis studied the effect of sovereign debt on growth in the Eurozone. In 2019, she received a master degree from Nova School of Business and Economics and in the same year, she joined the Berlin School of Economics. During her studies, she worked at the Institute for Macroeconomic Policy (IMK), for the EAF Berlin and for the International Summer School in Economics and Management (ISSEM) from Humboldt-Universität and University Havana.