I am an economist specializing in public economics and public finance.

Currently, I am heading the division on "Social dimensions of climate and environmental policy" at the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

I graduated with a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. My thesis on “Optimal Policy and the Coexistence of Markets and Governments” was supervised by Daron Acemoglu and Ivan Werning. From 2012 to 2017, I held an Assistant Professorship at the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics. Prior to moving to Stockholm, I was a Max-Weber-Fellow at the European University Institute. 

During my formal training at MIT and the years in academia, my research interests ranged from optimal fiscal policy design, social redistribution and public policies that emerge in unions like the EU to questions in health economics, education financing, aid allocation and the digital transformation of labor markets.