Prof. Dr. Philipp Harms

Philipp Harms, Professor of International Economics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, received his doctorate from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) in 1999. Upon graduation, he joined the faculty of the University of Konstanz where he worked as an assistant professor from 1999 through 2004. He also taught classes in macroeconomics and monetary economics at the Universities of St. Gallen and Lausanne and is part of the faculty at the Study Center Gerzensee (Switzerland). Before joining Johannes Gutenberg University, he was professor of macroeconomics at RWTH Aachen University.

His recent publications include “Offshoring and sequential production chains: a general-equilibrium analysis” (with Jaewon Jung and Oliver Lorz), forthcoming in the Canadian Journal of Economics, 2021; “Depression of the deprived or eroding enthusiasm of the elites: What has shifted the support for international trade?”” (with Jakob Schwab), European Journal of Political Economy, 2020; “Is money where the fun ends? Material interests and individuals’ preference for direct democracy” (with Claudia Landwehr), European Journal of Political Economy, 2020; “Like it or not? How the economic and institutional environment shapes individual attitudes towards multinational enterprises” (with Jakob Schwab), The World Economy, 2019; “Good and useless FDI: the growth effects of greenfield investment and mergers and acquisitions” (with Pierre-Guillaume Méon), Review of International Economics, 2018; “The home bias in equities and distribution costs” (with Mathias Hoffmann and Christina Ortseifer), Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2015.

Prof. Dr. Daniel Schunk


Daniel Schunk, professor of public and behavioral economics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, received his doctoral degree from the University of Mannheim. Upon completion of his doctorate, he worked at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and was a visiting scholar at George Mason University in Virginia (USA). Daniel Schunk is also a research professor at the DIW Berlin, a senior research fellow of the Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA), an affiliate of the CESifo at the University of Munich and a permanent research fellow at the University of Zurich.

His research focuses on public policy, behavioral and experimental economics, economics of education as well as survey design and methodology. Recent publications include “The Many Faces of Human Sociality – Uncovering the Distribution and Stability of Social Preferences.” (with A. Bruhin and E. Fehr), Journal of the European Economic Association 2019; Temptation and Commitment in the Laboratory (with D. Houser, J. Winter, and E. Xiao), Games and Economic Behavior 2018; “Expectations as Reference Points: Field Evidence from Professional Soccer” (with B. Bartling and L. Brandes), Management Science 2015; “The relationship between child health, developmental gaps, and parental education: Evidence from administrative data” (with M. Salm), Journal of the European Economic Association 2012; "Egalitarianism and Competitiveness" (with B. Bartling, E. Fehr and M. Maréchal), American Economic Review 2009. He also publishes in the domains of life and behavioral sciences and statistics in journals such as Nature Genetics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Bioinformatics, Advances in Statistical Analysis.

Prof. Dr. Salvatore Barbaro

Salvatore Barbaro studied Economics, Business Education and German studies at the University of Göttingen. After finishing his PhD at the University of Göttingen in 2004, he joined the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz as a research assistant, where he held, among other positions, temporary the Chair of Finance.

In 2010, Salvatore Barbaro was appointed State Secretary of Finance for the State of Rhineland-Palatinate and held this office until 2016. From 2016 to 2019 he was State Secretary for Science, Continuing Education and Culture. In addition, he has been a Chairman of Supervisory Boards for a number of companies from various sectors, including hospitals, banks, airports and gambling companies.

Since returning to academia in 2019, Salvatore Barbaro has been teaching and researching at the University of Mainz. His research interests are concerned with topics in public finance and in fiscal federalism and social choice in particular.

Dr. Eva Berger


Eva Berger is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Economics at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz since 2011. She received her doctoral degree from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2011 after having completed the PhD program of the Graduate Center of Economic and Social Research at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Eva Berger completed research visits at the University of Chicago (2013/2014), at the University of Essex (2008), and at the World Bank in Washington D.C. (2007).

Her research interests are mainly in the economics of education, behavioral economics, and applied microeconometrics. Her current research focuses on the formation of skills and preferences as well as the effects of skills and preferences on economic and social outcomes. Her publications include “Locus of Control and Mothers Return to Employment” (with L. Haywood), Journal of Human Capital 2016, “Happy Working Mothers? Investigating the Effect of Maternal Employment on Life Satisfaction”, Economica 2013, “Maternal Life Satisfaction and Child Outcomes: Are They Related?” (with C. K. Spiess), Journal of Economic Psychology 2011, “Wie hängen familiale Veränderungen und das mütterliche Wohlbefinden mit der frühkindlichen Entwicklung zusammen?” (with F. Peter and C. K. Spiess), Quarterly Journal of Economic Research (Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung) 2010, “The Chernobyl Disaster, Concern About the Environment, and Life Satisfaction”, Kyklos 2010.

Prof. Dr. Reyn van Ewijk


Reyn van Ewijk studied both psychology and economics at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands and received his doctoral degree in Applied Econometrics at the University of Amsterdam in 2009. He worked as a postdoc at the economics department of VU University Amsterdam and as a visiting researcher at the London School of Economics. From 2011-2014, he was an assistant professor at the University Medical Center Mainz, Institute for Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics. In 2014, he took over the Chair of Statistics and Econometrics at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

His primary research interests are in the domains of health and education. Much of his research has an interdisciplinary focus, combining econometrics and statistics with various other disciplines including epidemiology, health services research and psychology.

He publishes both in the domains of Economics and in the Life Sciences. Recent publications in the domain of Economics include research on the effect of the perinatal health care system (e.g. home births) on newborns’ health (Journal of Health Economics, 2019 and American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2015; both with M. Daysal & M. Trandafir) and research on the effects of the conditions experienced during pregnancy (ranging from Ramadan to warlike circumstances) on the health and human capital outcomes of the offspring (Economic Journal, 2015; with D. Almond & B. Mazumder, and Journal of Health Economics, 2011).

Recent publications in the Life Sciences as well include research on long-term health effects of the conditions experienced during early life (e.g. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2018, with F. Pradella; American Journal of Epidemiology, 2018 with A. Schoeps et al., and American Journal of Epidemiology, 2013 with R. Painter and T. Roseboom), as well as several articles on the effectiveness of breast cancer treatment, and particularly the adherence to treatment guidelines (e.g. European Journal of Cancer, 2014 and 2013, both with L. Schwentner et al.).

Prof. Dr. Florian Hett


Florian Hett is professor of Digital Economics at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz. After receiving a diploma (2009) and a PhD (2014) in Economics he became a member of the Management and Microeconomics group at Goethe University Frankfurt before joining the University of Mainz in April 2018. He is an associated researcher at the Frankfurt Laboratory for Experimental Economic Research (FLEX), the Mainz Behavioral and Experimental Laboratory (MABELLA), the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE, and the Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations (CLBO). Further, he is a member of the research unit Interdisciplinary Public Policy at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, as well as the committee for Organizational Economics of the German Economic Association.

His research deals with experimental data science, household finance, and behavioral economics featuring theoretical as well as empirical methods. A particular focus is on understanding how individuals behave in digital environments by combining data from digital sources with behavioral experimental measures. He has published in the Economic Journal, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, and the European Economic Review.


Prof. Dr. Katja Maria Kaufmann
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Katja Maria Kaufmann, professor of Applied Microeconomics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, received her doctoral degree from Stanford University. Upon completion of her doctorate, she worked as assistant professor at Bocconi University (Italy) and at Mannheim University. Katja Kaufmann spent one year at briq (Bonn) and was a visiting scholar at CESifo, the Harvard Kennedy School, LMU, Princeton and Yale University. She is a research fellow at briq, CESifo, HCEO, EUDN and IZA and member of the German Economic Association (Bildungsökonomischer Ausschuss und Entwicklungsökonomischer Ausschuss des Vereins für Socialpolitik).

Her research focuses on labor and family economics, economics of education, development economics. She investigates the determinants of inequality and intergenerational mobility such the role of (elite) education, fertility and marriage decisions. She analyzes the skill development in childhood and youth, explores the economic, social and political implications of welfare programs in developing and developed countries, and addresses questions of network formation and social learning. Her work has received international awards, including the CESifo affiliate award, and she acquired third-party funding from the elite program of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Foundation and as one of the PIs of the Collaborative Research Center Transregio (SFB-TR 224) of Bonn and Mannheim University. Her research was published in internationally renowned scientific journals such as the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, the Journal of the European Economic Association, the Journal of Development Economics and Quantitative Economics and three of her recent papers have been discussed in The Economist article of May 9th 2019 “Spillover effects - New research traces the intricate links between policy and politics” on the Brazilian welfare program Bolsa Familia.

Dr. Miriam Kohl

Miriam Kohl joined the Johannes Gutenberg-University as a postdoctoral researcher in 2019 after having received her doctorate from the University of Dresden. She studied Economics at the University of Tübingen and the University College London.

Her research focuses on the interaction of globalization and public policy. She works on the effects of globalization in the presence of a welfare state redistributing income, the spillover effects of unilateral tax policy in the open economy and the distributional effects of trade policy. Her recent paper “Redistribution, Selection, and Trade” has been published in the Journal of International Economics, 2020.

Prof. Dr. Andrea Lassmann

Andrea Lassmann, Professor of International Economic Policy at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz since January 2020, received her doctoral degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), where she was also part of the research division Macroeconomic Forecasting at KOF Swiss Economic Institute. She subsequently worked at ETH as a postdoctoral researcher and joined the OECD’s Trade and Agriculture Directorate as a trade policy analyst in the Trade in Services division thereafter.

Her research focuses on applied international and public economics, as well as regional and cultural economics. Recent publications include “Immigration and Firms' Integration in International Production Networks.” (with P. Egger and K. Erhardt), European Economic Review 2019;  “Backward Participation in Global Value Chains and Exchange Rate Driven Adjustments of Swiss Exports.” (with D. Fauceglia, A. Shingal and M. Wermelinger), Review of World Economics 2018; “The impact of common native language and immigration on imports.” (with P. Egger), The World Economy 2018; “Income Taxes, Sorting, and the Costs of Housing: Evidence from Municipal Boundaries in Switzerland.” (with C. Basten and M. Ehrlich), The Economic Journal 2017; “The Causal Impact of Common Native Language on International Trade: Evidence from a Spatial Regression Discontinuity Design.” (with P. Egger), The Economic Journal 2015.

Prof. Dr. Philip Sauré

Philip Sauré, is Professor of International Finance at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz since 2018. He received his doctoral degree from the Universitat Pompeu Farbra (Barcelona) in 2005 and spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the European University Institute in Florence. From 2007 to 2017 Philip Sauré worked at the SNB, Switzerland’s central bank. He is a fellow at the CEPR and the CESifo institute.

Philip Sauré’s research interests lie in the areas of international macroeconomics and international trade, with recent research focusing on the transmission of cross-border shocks and their domestic effects. Latest publications include “The Speed of Exchange Rate Pass Through” joint with Barthélémy Bonadio and Andreas Fischer (Journal of the European Economic Association 2020), “International Inflation Spillovers Through Input Linkages” joint with Raphael Auer und Andrei Levchenko (Review of Economics and Statistics 2019), “Dynamic Entry in Vertically Differentiated Markets” joint with Raphael Auer (Journal of Economic Theory 2018), “Repatriation of Debt in the Euro Crisis” joint with Filippo Brutti (Journal of the European Economic Association 2016) and “Transmission of Sovereign Risk in the Euro Crisis” joint with Filippo Brutti (Journal of International Economics 2015).

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Schank

Thorsten Schank, Professor of Applied Statistics and Econometrics at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, studied economics at the Universities of Mainz, Heidelberg and Manchester (UK). Upon completion of his PhD at the University of Manchester (2001), he was researcher at the Institute of Employment Research (IAB) and assistant professor at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, before he joined the University of Mainz in 2010. He is a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn and at the Labor and Socio-Economic Research Center (LASER), Nürnberg and holds a research professorship at the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH).

His research interests are mainly in applied labour economics. He is currently investigating topics like the spill-over effects of gender board diversity, the impact of the minimum wage introduction on wage inequality, the effect of the internet on the job finding rate and chances of welfare recipients to find regular jobs.  His publications include: “More female manager hires through more female managers? (with M. Bossler and A. Mosthaf), Industrial Labor Relations Review 2020, “Do foreign workers reduce trade barriers?” (with M. Andrews and R. Upward), World Economy 2017,  “Foreign-owned firms around the world: a comparative analysis of wages and employment at the micro-level” (with A. Hijzen, P. Martins and R. Upward), European Economic Review, 2013, "Differences in labor supply to monopsonistic firms and the gender pay gap'' (with B. Hirsch and C. Schnabel), Journal of Labor Economics, 2010; "High wage workers and low wage firms: negative assortative matching or limited mobility bias'' (with M.J. Andrews, L. Gill and R. Upward), Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, 2008; "Do exporters really pay higher wages? First evidence from linked employer-employee data'' (with C. Schnabel and J. Wagner), Journal of International Economics 2007.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Iryna Stewen

Iryna Stewen is an Assistant Professor of International Economics (esp. International Macroeconomics and Finance) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. She joined the Faculty of Law, Management and Economics and the Gutenberg School of Management and Economics in 2011.

Before joining the University of Mainz she received her PhD in Economics in 2011 from the University of Zurich and a MA in Economics in 2006 from the University of Dortmund.

Iryna Stewen's main research focuses on international/intranational macroeconomics and financial intermediation.  In particular she is interested how financial and banking systems and different aspects of financial integration affect real economic outcomes.  Her research often studies regions within countries as potential paradigms for perfectly integrated financial markets.

Iryna Stewen has published in the Journal of European Economic Association, Review of Economics and Statistics, and the IMF Economic Review.

Dr. Valentin Wagner


Valentin Wagner received his doctoral degree in economics from the University of Düsseldorf in 2017. Before joining the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, he studied Economics at the Universities of Bonn and Cologne.

His research focuses on behavioral economics and the economics of education. In his dissertation he conducted field experiments in elementary and secondary schools to understand whether applying behavioral insights, e.g. non-monetary incentives or loss framing, in schools can motivate students to increase their academic performance. His current research focuses on the role and optimal design of student feedback in secondary schools.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Wälde

Klaus Wälde received his doctorate in economics from the University of Kiel in 1994. Prior to joining the faculty of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in 2009, he was a faculty member at the Universities of Glasgow, Würzburg, and Dresden. He has held visiting appointments inter alia at the World Bank, the European Commission and IZA Institute of Labor Economics. He is a Research Fellow at CESifo and IZA and liaison lecturer (Vertrauensdozent) of the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung. He completed a five-year research position at the Gutenberg Research College in 2014. Ever since the birth of his two daughters he has been wondering about how work-life-balance works.

His research focuses on the analysis of labor markets using, inter alia, structural estimation methods, on emotional economics and Covid-19. His publications include "Optimal Saving under Poisson Uncertainty", Journal of Economic Theory, 1999; "Endogenous Growth Cycles", International Economic Review, 2005; "How Trade Unions Increase Welfare", (with A. Donado), Economic Journal, 2012; "Estimating Incentive and Welfare Effects of Non-Stationary Unemployment Benefits", (with A. Launov), International Economic Review, 2013; "The Employment Effect of Reforming a Public Employment Agency" (with A. Launov), European Economic Review, 2016; "Current Emotion Research in Economics" (with Agnes Moors), Emotion Review, 2017 and "Projecting the Spread of Covid-19 in Germany" (with Jean Roch Donsimoni, René Glawion and Bodo Plachter), German Economic Review, 2020.

Dr. Constantin Weiser


Constantin Weiser received his doctoral degree in economics from the University of Mainz in 2013. He studied Economics at the Universities of Mannheim and Mainz.

His main research areas are numerical methods and their use for econometrics, especially time series econometrics. Furthermore he is co-author of applied empirical papers, e.g. "An Empirical Test of Marginal Productivity Theory", with Prof. Dr. Martin Biewen (University Tübingen), Applied Economics (2014).