Short CV/Education and training


  • 1995 – 2001
    Studied economics at the University of Vienna, Austria, and at Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.); graduated with the Magister degree (Mag. rer. soc. oec.)

  • 2007
    Doctorate at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin (summa cum laude) with the thesis "Evaluating Family Policy Reforms using Behavioural Microsimulation", supervisors Prof. Viktor Steiner and Prof. Giacomo Corneo.


  • 2000 – 2001
    Active in a research project on need-based basic security benefits at the Department of Economics at the University of Vienna

  • 2001
    - October Research associate in the Department of Finance and Management (Prof. A. Prinz) at the University of Münster, Germany

  • since 2002
    Research associate at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Selected publications

  • The Family Working Time Model – Toward More Gender Equality in Work and Care (with Kai-Uwe Müller and Michael Neumann), Journal of European Social Policy, Vol. 28/5 (2018), 471-486.

  • Two steps forward – one step back? Evaluating contradicting child care policies in Germany (with Kai-Uwe Müller), CESifo Economic Studies, Vol. 62/4 (2016), 672-698.

  • The effects of family policy on mothers' labor supply: Combining evidence from a structural model and a quasi-experimental approach (with Johannes Geyer and Peter Haan), Labour Economics, Vol. 36 (2015), 84-98.

  • Financial Student Aid and Enrollment into Higher Education: New Evidence from Germany (with Viktor Steiner), Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 114/1 (2012), 124-147.

  • Can Childcare Policy Encourage Employment and Fertility? Evidence from a Structural Model (with Peter Haan), Labour Economics, Vol. 18/4 (2011), 498-512.

  • The Excess Demand for Subsidized Child Care in Germany, Applied Economics, Vol. 40/10 (2008) 1217-1228.

  • Why are mothers working longer hours in Austria than in Germany? A comparative microsimulation study (with H. Dearing, H. Hofer, C. Lietz and R. Winter-Ebmer), Fiscal Studies, Vol. 28/4 (2007), 463-495.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • 2010-2011: "Monitoring Parental Allowance" commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (together with C.K. Spieß and P. Haan)

  • 2011-2012: "Evaluation of family-oriented benefits with regard to the promotion and welfare of children", Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (together with C.K. Spieß and P. Haan)

  • 2013: "Family working hours – Costs and effects of wage replacement benefits in the case of reduced full-time employment" commissioned by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation

  • 2015: Follow-up to project "Family working hours" commissioned by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • since 2012 Member of the German Economic Association social policy committee

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married with three children (born 2008, 2009 and 2014)


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