Before joining the DIW GC Ben studied at the Free University of Berlin where he graduated with a M.Sc. in Economics. During his studies Ben worked as a student assistant in the European Parliament, the German Minimum Wage Commission and in the macroeconomics department of the DIW. From May 2018 to December 2020 Ben took a break from his studies to work in the International Policy Analysis division of the ECB. His research interests are international macroeconomics, financial frictions and macroeconometrics, where he specializes in Bayesian methods and Structural Vector Autoregressive models.