Frederik Kurcz is a PhD student at the Berlin School of Economics and a research associate in the macroeconomics department. After first completing a B.Sc. in Economics and Business at the University of Hohenheim, Frederik studied Economics in the Master's program at the University of Tübingen with a semester abroad at Queen's University, Canada. During his studies, he worked at the Tübingen Chair of International Macroeconomics. In his master thesis he investigated causes of income inequality using a heterogeneous agent model. This was followed by a traineeship and a subsequent research analyst position at the European Central Bank, where he worked in forecasting and did research on, among other things, the effects of the trade war between the US and China. In an internship at the Deutsche Bundesbank, Frederik worked on New Keynesian DSGE models. His research interests include transmission channels of monetary policy and inequality.