Short CV/Education and training

  • 1998 – 2000
    University of Bayreuth, Germany: Basic studies (Grundstudium) in business administration

  • 2000 – 2004
    University of Mannheim, Germany: Studies in economics (Master's level) (Fields of specialization: empirical economics, development economics, industrial economics, and microeconomic theory)

  • 2002 – 2003
    University of Toronto, Canada: Guest student in economics at the Master's and Ph.D. level

  • 2004
    Diploma in Economics, University of Mannheim, Germany (master's degree in Economics/Diplom-Volkswirtin); Thesis title: The effects of the political and economic transition on fertility behaviour in Russia. An empirical analysis against the background of economic theory; Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Joachim Winter (LMU, München)

  • 2008 – 2011
    Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.: Ph.D. studies at the Economics Department

  • 2008 – 2009
    The Higher Education Academy, UK: Teaching Certificate. Programme in Skills of Teaching to Inspire Learning

  • 2011
    Ph.D. in Economics, Royal Holloway College, University of London, UK.

  • 2011 – 2018
    ifo Institute/Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich: Post-Doc position and Deputy Director of the ifo Centre for Labour Market Research and Family Economics; Junior Research Group Leader "Economic Uncertainty and the Family"

  • since 2018
    Professor for Economics, with a focus on Empirical Economics and Gender at the Freie Universität Berlin

Selected publications

  • PARENTAL LEAVE, (IN)FORMAL CHILDCARE AND CHILDREN’S LONG-TERM OUTCOMES. accepted for publication in the Journal of Human Resources (with M. Halla, N. Schneeweis and M. Zweimüller), forthcoming.


  • PAID PARENTAL LEAVE AND CHILDREN’S SCHOOLING OUTCOMES. The Economic Journal, 2018, Vol. 128 (608): 81-117 (with V. Lavy)


  • FIXED-TERM EMPLOYMENT AND FERTILITY: EVIDENCE FROM GERMAN MICRO DATA. CESifo Economic Studies, 2016, Vol. 62 (4): 595-623. (with W. Auer)

  • POVERTY DURING TRANSITION: HOUSEHOLD SURVEY EVIDENCE FROM UKRAINE. Journal of Comparative Economics, 2010, Vol. 38, 2: 123-145. (with T. Brück, A. Danzer, A. Muravyev)

  • LABOUR MARKET RESTRUCTURING AND POVERTY: EVIDENCE FROM UKRAINE. In: Brück, T. and H. Lehmann (Hrsg.): In the Grip of Transition: Economic and Social Consequences of Restructuring in Russia and Ukraine. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012: 173-204. (with T. Brück, A. Danzer, A. Muravyev)

  • FOSTERING GROWTH IN CEE COUNTRIES: A COUNTRY-TAILORED APPROACH TO GROWTH POLICY. In: Radosevic, S. and A. Kaderabkova (Hrsg.): Challenges for European Innovation Policy. Cohesion and Excellence from a Schumpeterian Perspective. Cheltenham (UK), Northhampton (US): Edward Elgar, 2011: 47-76. (with P. Aghion and H. Harmgart)

  • FOSTERING GROWTH IN TRANSITION ECONOMIES. In: Growth in transition. EBRD: Transition Report 2008, Chapter 3: 48-63. (with P. Aghion and H. Harmgart)

  • CHILD BENEFIT AND CHILD ALLOWANCES IN GERMANY: THEIR IMPACT ON FAMILY POLICY GOALS (with Rainer, Helmut, Stefan Bauernschuster, Anita Fichtl, Timo Hener, Christian Holzner and Janina Reinkowski), CESifo DICE Report 12 (1), 2014, 37-45

  • CHILD BENEFITS AND ALLOWANCES IN GERMANY: EVALUATING THEIR IMPACT ON FAMILY-POLICY RELATED GOALS [Original Title: Kindergeld und Kinderfreibeträge in Deutschland: Evaluierung der Auswirkungen auf familienpolitische Ziele.] ifo Schnelldienst 66 (09), 2013, 28-36. (with H. Rainer, S. Bauernschuster, A. Fichtl, T. Hener, Ch. Holzner and J. Reinkowski)

  • PUBLICLY SUBSIDIZED CHILD CARE IN GERMANY: EVALUATING THE EFFECT ON THE LABOUR FORCE PARTICIPATION OF MOTHERS [Original Title: Öffentlich geförderte Kinderbetreuung in Deutschland: Evaluierung der Auswirkungen auf die Arbeitsmarktbeteiligung von Müttern.] ifo Schnelldienst 66 (07), 2013, 31-40. (with H. Rainer, W. Auer, S. Bauernschuster, A. Fichtl, T. Hener, Ch. Holzner, J. Reinkowski and M. Werding)

  • POVERTY IN UKRAINE DURING RECESSION AND RECOVERY. [Original Title: Armut in der Ukraine in Rezession und Aufschwung.] In: Ukraine-Analysen, 2010, No. 78: 2-7. (with A. Danzer)

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Economic Uncertainty and the Family (EcUFam); Junior research group leader (PI); funded by the Leibniz Association (Leibniz Competition 2015); Project period: 07/2015 – 06/2020

  • Uncertainty in the labour market: How does fixed-term employment affect fertility and mental health of the young generation?; Research project supported by a grant from the IBS Foundation in Warsaw, under the program Network for JOBS AND DEVELOPMENT, realized with The World Bank; Project period: 08/2014 – 01/2015

  • Coordination of the 8th Report on Family Affairs of the Federal Government of Germany; Client: German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs; Project period: 2010 – 2012

  • Ex-Post Evaluation of Monetary Family Related Benefits in Germany (Child Benefits and Allowances); Client: Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth; Federal Ministry of Finance; Project period: December 2010 – April 2012

  • Ex-Post-Evaluation of Public Subsidies for Child Care; Client: Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Federal Ministry of Finance; Project period: October 2010 – December 2011

  • Economic and Social Consequences of Industrial Restructuring in Russia and Ukraine (ESCIRRU); Client: European Commission (6th Framework Programme); Project period: February 2006 – February 2009

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • since 02/2021 Member of the Standing Field Committee “Population Economics” of the German Economic Association (Verein für Socialpolitik, Ausschuss für Bevölkerungsökonomik)

  • since 08/2017 IZA Research Fellow (Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn; IZA Affiliate 2008 – 2017)

  • since 09/2016 CESifo Research Network Affiliate

  • since 05/2014 Member of AcademiaNet

Media coverage

  • Aamulehti (Finland), Daily Mail (UK), Information Dänemark (Denmark), Neue Züricher Zeitung (Switzerland), (Russia), The Guardian (UK); German media coverage: Berliner Zeitung, Deutsche Welle, Deutschlandfunk, Donaukurier, Evangelischer Pressedienst, FAZ, Handelsblatt, Spiegel Online, Stuttgarter Zeitung/Sonntag Aktuell, Süddeutsche Zeitung, TAZ, Welt, Wirtschaftsblatt, 3Sat.

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • married, two children (*2011, *2014)


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