Viola joined the Berlin School of Economics as a Ph.D. candidate in October 2019. She obtained a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz. For her master’s thesis, she examined how homeownership rates affect housing wealth in the United States, discerning housing wealth accumulation in lower- and higher-income neighborhoods and considering local housing markets. Prior to joining the DIW Berlin, Viola spent two years working as a strategy and management consultant for public sector institutions in Germany, France, and the Middle East. She completed internships with the European Commission’s Directorate for Employment and Social Affairs (DG EMPL) and the French National Assembly, amongst others.
Viola’s research interests include income and wealth distributions, particularly wealth inequalities and social mobility.