Short CV/Education and training

  • since 2001
    Head of the Research Department "Digital Economy" at ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim

  • since 2017
    Professor of Economics of Digitalisation at Justus Liebig University, Giessen

  • 2011 – 2017
    Professor of Economics, Applied Empirical Economic Research, University of Mannheim

  • 1996
    Dissertation in Economics, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, “European Doctoral Program in Quantitative Economics”

  • 1992
    Diploma in Economics (Diplom-Volkswirtin), University of Mannheim

  • 1991
    Master of Arts in Economics, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Selected publications

Selected projects

  • Measurement of the Digitalisation of the German Economy, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, 2019-2022

  • Challenges and Opportunities Arising from Ubiquitous Working, network project funded by the Leibniz Association, 2014 – 2017

  • Does Extrovertedness Pay Off? An Empirical Analysis of the Role of Social Media on Firm Performance, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, 2013 – 2015

  • Monitoring Information Economy: The objective of the project is to analyse the digitalisation and the role of the Internet for the German economy, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, joint with TNS Infratest, 2012 – 2017

  • Monitoring the Cultural and Creative Economy: Analysis of the strengths, weaknesses and potentials, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, joint with Fraunhofer Institute for System- and Innovation Research (ISI), Project coordination, 2012 – 2018

  • SERVICEGAP – The Impact of Service Sector Innovation and Internationalisation on Growth and Productivity: Project within the 7th EU-Framework Programme, Lead of the work package on firm strategies in the knowledge-based economy, 2010 – 2013

  • ICTNET – Coordinated Support Action for Research on the Economics of ICT; The objective of ICTNET was to enhance coordination of the research in the economics of ICT in Europe. The project was built around a coordination group and a network of researchers. Lead of work package on ICT, productivity and growth; 7th Framework Programme, 2010 – 2012

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI), advising the Federal German Government, since 2019

  • Member and Deputy President of the Steering Committee of the Swiss National Science Foundation’s National Research Programme "Digital Change", since 2018

  • Member of Plattform Lernende Systeme – Germany’s Platform for Artificial Intelligence, Working Group 4: Business Model Innovations, acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering, since 2018

  • Member of the Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar’s Scientific Advisory Board, since 2018

  • Member of the Thuringian Programme Commission, Thuringian Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society, since 2018

  • Member of Facebook’s Discussion Round on Digitalism and Responsibility, since 2018

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Research Alliance ForDigital ("Digitalization: transformation as a social-economical process"), Mannheim and Karlsruhe, since 2016

  • Member of the Platform „Innovative Digitalization of the Economy“ of the National IT Summit Process chaired by the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and the President of Bitkom, since 2015

  • Member of the Selection Committee of the Research Award “The Future World of Work” of the Volksbank Weinheim Foundation and ZEW, since 2013

  • Member of the Expert Advisory Board of "Software made in Germany", a quality seal by the Federal Association of IT-SMEs (Bundesverband IT-Mittelstand (BITMi e.V.)), since 2011

  • Member of the German Economic Association (“Verein für Socialpolitik”), since 2009


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