Professional Experience

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2017 - present: Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Science and Chair for International Economics, University of Hamburg, Germany 
 
2014 - 2017: Expert for DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels 
 
2009 - 2017: Associate Research Fellow, University of Göttingen, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Germany   
 
2014 - 2015: Non-Resident Research Fellow, DG Economics and Financial Affairs, European        Commission, Brussels 
 
2009 - 2014: Editor of Intereconomics, Review of European Economic Policy, Brussels 
 
2007 - 2014: Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Economy and Social Welfare Unit, Brussels 
 
2004 - 2007: Research Fellow in the post-graduate programme, “The Future of the European Social Model”, University of Göttingen, Germany

Education

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2004 - 2007 PhD in Economics, University of Göttingen, Germany. Thesis title: Social Capital, Trust and Economic Growth—A Cross-Sectional and Panel Analysis. Jointly supervised by Prof. Stephan Klasen, University of Göttingen and Prof. Fran Tonkiss, London School of Economics 
 
2005 - 2007 Visiting Research Student at the London School of Economics, UK, Exchange as part of PhD in Economics, supervised by Prof. Fran Tonkiss   
 
1997 - 2003 Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich, Germany. Study of Sociology, Economics and European Law. Awarded Diploma in Sociology in 2003. Supervised by Prof. Ulrich Beck 
 
2000 - 2001  Erasmus Student, University of Nancy2, France 
 
1987 - 1996   Helmholtz-Gymnasium, Essen, Germany - Abitur (1996) 

Teaching

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Teaching at University of Hamburg

1. Intangible Capital and Labour Productivity Growth, Lecture, SS2020, MSc Economics, University of Hamburg. 
 
2. Political Economy of Economic and Monetary Union, Lecture, WS2019, MSc Economics and MSc Politics, Economics, Philosophy, University of Hamburg. 
 
3. Economics of European Integration, Seminar, SS2019, BA Economics, University of Hamburg. 
 
4. Political Economy of Economic and Monetary Union, Lecture, WS 2018, MSc Economics and MSc Politics, Economics, Philosophy, University of Hamburg. 
 
5. European Economic Policy, Lecture, SS2018, MSc Economics and MSc Politics, Economics, Philosophy, University of Hamburg. 
 
6. Economics of European Integration, Seminar, SS2018, BA Economics, University of Hamburg.

7. International Political Economy, Lecture, SS2018, MSc Economics and MSc Politics, Economics, Philosophy, University of Hamburg (jointly with Prof. Dr. Straubhaar) 


8. Political Economy of Economic and Monetary Union, Lecture, WS 2017, MSc Economics and MSc Politics, Economics, Philosophy, University of Hamburg.
 
9. Political Economy of Economic and Monetary Union, Lecture, WS 2017, MSc European Studies, Europa-Kolleg Hamburg, University of Hamburg.
 
10. Contemporary Questions of European Integration, Seminar, WS 2017, BA Economics, University of Hamburg. 
 
11. European Economic Policy, Lecture, SS 2017, MSc Economics and MSc Politics, Economics, Philosophy, University of Hamburg.


Teaching at University of Göttingen
 
12. Introduction to European Economic Policy, Lecture, WS 2011, University of Göttingen.  
 
13. Has the Eurozone Crisis been caused by a lack of political integration?, Seminar, SS 2011, BA Economics, University of Göttingen. 
 
14. Intangible Capital and Labour Productivity Growth, Seminar, WS 2010, BA Economics University of Göttingen. 
 
15. Trust – the missing link in economics?, Seminar, SS 2010, BA Economics, University of Göttingen. 
 
16. Trust in the aftermath of the Financial Crisis, Seminar, WS 2009, BA Economics, University of Göttingen. 

Third- Party Funds

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1. “Capturing the value of intangible assets in micro data to promote the EU’s growth and competitiveness (GLOBALINTO), February 2019 until January 2022, European Commission, Horizon 2020, 405,436 Euro out of 2,972,811, Coordination of WP6 “Macroeconomic underpinnings of growth”. 
 
2. “Political Economy of EMU – Rebuilding Systemic Trust in the Euro Area in Times of Crisis”; June 2014 until June 2015; Non-Resident Research Fellowship Grant; European Commission, DG Economics and Financial Affairs.  
 
3. “Economic growth in Europe – Findings and Future Directions”; Policy Review; May 2014 until October 2014; European Commission, DG Research & Innovation.     4. “The Rule of Law and Labor Productivity Growth – Evidence for the EU”; February until May 2014; European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre. 
 
5. “The Impact of Service Sector Innovation and Internationalisation on Growth and Productivity (SERVICEGAP)”, March 2010 until February 2013, European Commission, FP7. Coordinated by Prof. Mary o’Mahony. 
 
6. “Indicators for Evaluating International Performance in Service Sectors (INDICSER)”, January 2010 until December 2012, European Commission, FP7. Coordinated by Prof. Mary o’Mahony. 
 
7. “Has the crisis in the Eurozone undermined citizens’ support for EMU and the euro?”; December 2011 until January 2012; Stiftung Mercator.  
 
8. “Is the Europe 2020 strategy capable of maintaining the EU’s competitiveness in the World?”; November 2010 until October 2011; Austrian Federal Chancellery.  
 
9.  “Has the financial crisis shattered citizens’ trust in national and European governmental institutions?”; February 2011 until May 2011; Bertelsmann Foundation.   
 
10. “Who can be trusted after this financial crisis?”; October 2008 until September 2009; Austrian Ministry of Finance. 
 
11. “Intangible Capital and Innovations: Drivers of Growth and Locations (INNODRIVE)”, March 2008 until February 2011; European Commission; FP7. Coordinated by Prof. Hannu Piekkola. 
 
12. Postgraduate Programme: “The Future of the European Social Model”; November 2004 until October 2007; German Science Foundation. Spokesperson: Prof. Ilona Ostner. 

Professional Activity

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Refereeing
American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Cambridge University Press, Economic Notes, Empirical Economics, International Studies Review, Journal for General Social Issues, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Surveys, Journal of Environmental and Resource Economics, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Socio-Economics, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Political Studies, Review of Development Economics, Review of Income and Wealth, Southern Economic Journal, ZPol.
Article Editor Intereconomics, SAGE Open
 
Peer Reviewing
Economic and Social Research Council, DG Research & Innovation, DG Research Executive Agency

Thesis Supervision
Do the Economic or Political Optimum Currency Area Criteria Explain the Enduring Sustainability of the Economic and Monetary Union better? – A qualitative Assessment of Italian Case, BA Economics, 2019. Are Structural and Cohesion Funds promoting convergence between NUTS2 regions? – an empirical assessment considering Europe 2020 Strategy, MSc Economics, 2019. Clean enough for the club? An Assessment of the influence of EU membership on Romania’s fight against corruption, Msc Politics, Economics and Philosophy, 2019. Intangible Capital and Labour Productivity Growth – An Empirical Investigation for the EU, MSc Economics, 2019. Können die Mitgliedsstaaten der Eurozone künftige Staatschuldenkrisen durch die Emission von SBBS Effektiv verhindern?, BA Economics, 2018. Is Political Unity the Glue that holds the EMU together? Evidence from the Ruble Zone (1991-1993), with emphasis on the role of International Organizations, G7 and Financial Markets, MSc Economics, 2018. Measuring the competitiveness of EU and China - The Key role of education in their 2020 strategy, MSc Economics, 2011. Systemic Trust and Economic Growth—A Cross-Sectional Analysis, BA Economics, 2010; Trust, Inequality and Redistribution Policy – A Theoretical and Empirical Study of Latin American Countries between 1996 and 2009, BA Economics, 2010. 

Media Experience
ARA, Bloomberg, Bulgarian National Radio, Christian Science Monitor, Deutsche Welle, Euronews, Financial Times, Financial Times (Germany), Le Soir, Mainichi, ORF, ORF Broadcasting, Research Europe, South African Broadcasting, The Prague Post, Wirtschaftswoche.   

Selected Presentations and Lectures

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Presentations and Lectures at Scientific Conferences 
 
1. Athens; 19 September 2019; “WP6 – Macro-economic underpinnings of growth”, 2nd Meeting of the GLOBALINTO Project, National Technical University of Athens.
 
2. Paris; 11 July 2019; “Intangible Capital and Labour Productivity Growth – Evidence for the EU from 1995-2015”, 15th World Conference on Intellectual Capital for Communities; Artificial intelligence and the next generation of competences: How Digital – and Artificial Intelligence will impact jobs and competence profiles?, University Paris-Sud, UNESCO.   
 
3. Buckingham; 22 February 2019; “Public Support for the Euro and its governance – The first two decades”, International Economics Conference “The Economics of Monetary Unions. Past experiences and the Eurozone”, University of Buckingham.
 
4. Helsinki; 4 February 2019; “WP6 – Macro-economic underpinnings of growth”, Kick-Off Meeting of the GLOBALINTO Project; University of Vaasa.
 
5. Cologne; 10 July 2015; “Crisis and Trust in National and European Union institutions – Panel Evidence for the EU, 1999 to 2014”; International Eurobarometer Symposium: “Four Decades of Surveying Europe – Perspective on Academic Research with European Commission’s Eurobarometer Surveys”; Gesis – Leibniz Institute for Social Science.
 
6. Leipzig; 7 July 2015; “Trust in the European Central Bank after the financial crisis” Summer School 2015: “Trust and Financial Markets”; HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management.
 
7. Kingston; 22 September 2014; “Crisis and Trust in National and European Institutions— Panel Evidence for the EU, 1999 to 2012”; Department of Political Studies, Queens University.   
 
8. Ottawa; 19 September 2014; “Crisis and Trust in National and European Institutions—Panel Evidence for the EU, 1999 to 2012”; Crisis Contained, Democracy Diminished? The Politics of the Eurozone Financial Crisis; Centre for European Studies; Carleton University.
 
9. Ispra; 28 May 2014; “The Rule of Law and Labour Productivity Growth by Businesses – Evidence for the EU, 1998-2005”; Seminar on behalf of the Econometrics and Applied Statistics Unit of the Joint Research Center (JRC), European Commission.     
 
10. Washington, D.C.; 14 March 2014; “Public Support for the Euro, 1990 to 2012: Does the Crisis matter?”; 21st International Conference for Europeanists, Council for European Studies.   
 
11. Dublin; 7 December 2013; “Crisis and Trust in National Parliaments—Panel Evidence for the EU, 1999 to 2012”; National Parliaments in the European Integration Process; Centre of the Study of Wider Europe, University of Ireland.
 
12. Paris; 14 October 2013; “Crisis and Trust in National and European Union Institutions— Panel Evidence for the EU, 1999 to 2012”; Joint Learning for an OECD Trust Strategy; Workshop, OECD.
 
13. Mannheim; 3-4 June 2013; “Crisis and Trust in National and European Institutions—Panel Evidence for the EU, 1999 to 2012”; Coping with Crisis: Europe’s Challenges and Strategies; Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, University of Mannheim.   
 
14. Oxford; 31 May 2013; “Crisis and Trust in National and European Institutions—Panel Evidence for the EU, 1999 to 2012; Transformations of the State: European Perspectives; Department of Politics and International Relations; University of Oxford.
 
15. Ispra; 17 May 2013; “The Europe 2020 Strategy—Can it maintain the EU’s Competitiveness in the World?”; Seminar on behalf of the Econometrics and Applied Statistics Unit of the Joint Research Center (JRC), European Commission.     
 
16. Zurich; 3-6 April 2013; “Public Support for the single European currency, the euro, 1990 to 2012—Does the Crisis matter?”; The 2013 Meeting of the European Public Choice Society (EPCS); Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich.   
 
17. Florence; 22-23 November 2012; “Has the financial crisis shattered citizen’s trust in the national and European governmental institutions? Evidence for the EU member states, 19992011”; 2012 European Union Democracy Observatory (EUDO) Dissemination Conference, European University Institute (EUI).   
 
18. Göttingen; 27 August 2012; “Introductory Lecture – Financial and Debt Crisis”; Relations Between the EU and Emerging Global Players; Summer School 2012; University of Göttingen.
 
19. Valencia; 18-20 June 2012; “The enduring popularity of the euro throughout the crisis”; 4th International IFABS Conference on Rethinking Banking and Finance: Money, Markets and Models, University of Valencia.
 
20. Göttingen; 28 February - 2 March 2012; “Has the financial crisis eroded citizens trust in the European Central Bank, Evidence from 1999-2011”; 14th Göttinger Workshop Internationale Wirtschaftsbeziehungen, University of Göttingen.
 
21. Verona; 21-24 June 2011; “Does intangible capital affect economic growth?”, XII European Workshop for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis (EWEPA), University of Verona.
 
22. Valencia; 6-8 April 2011; “Trust and Growth – A Sectoral Analysis”; (INDICSER) Midterm Meeting, University of Valencia.
 
23. Mannheim; 4-5 March 2011; “Does Intangible Capital affect Economic Growth?; SEEK kick-off conference "Going for Smart Growth with Knowledge and Innovations", Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW).

24. Berlin; 16-17 September 2010; “Does Intangible Capital affect Economic Growth?”; (INNODRIVE), German Institute of Economic Research (DIW).
 
25. Kiel; 7-10 September 2010; “The financial crisis and citizens’ trust in the European Central Bank”, Trusting Banks in a Financial Crisis (Session Organizer/Chair), Annual Conference of the Verein für Sozialpolitik, University of Kiel.
 
26. Ljubljana; 12 March 2010; Intangible Capital and Economic Growth – Cross-sectional and Panel Analysis; (INNODRIVE), Institute for Economic Research (IER).
 
27. London; 3 February 2010; Indicators for intangible investment for non-financial market services; (INDICSER); National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR).
 
28. Rome; 24-25 September 2009; “Intangible Capital and Economic Growth – First Results”; (INNODRIVE); LUISS Guido Carli University.
 
29. Prague; 16-17 April 2009; “Intangible Capital: Macro Economic Approach”; (INNODRIVE); Centre for Economic Research and Graduate Education-Economic Institute (CERGE-EI).
 
30. Vaasa; 12 September 2008; “Intangible Capital and Economic Growth—A Cross-Sectional and Panel Analysis”; (INNODRIVE); University of Vaasa.
 
31. Innsbruck; 22-24 April 2008; “Trust and Economic Growth—Conflicting Results between Cross-sectional and Panel Analysis”; (Social Capital Symposium); Symposium was prepared together with Christoph Hauser, University of Innsbruck. 
 
32. Vienna; 1-3 April 2008; “The Welfare State and Social Capital—A Panel Analysis; (CINEFOGO); Europe—with or without you?, Vienna Business School
 
33. Brussels; 27 March 2008; “Intangible Capital and Economic Growth—The Macro Economic Approach II”; (INNODRIVE); Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
 
34. Aberdeen; 27-31 August 2007; “Social Capital, Trust, and Economic Growth—A Cross- Sectional and Panel Analysis”; (CINEFOGO); Civil Society, Social Capital and Democracy; Post-Graduate Summer School; University of Aberdeen.
 
35. Stockholm; 24-26 August 2006; “Trust and Economic Growth – A Panel Analysis”; Trust, Reciprocity and Social Capital; The 2006 Ratio Colloquium for Young Social Scientists; Ratio Institute.
 
36. Novara; 19-20 Mai 2006; “Human Capital and Economic Growth – A cross-sectional analysis for OECD countries”; (Jointly organized by Catholic University, University of Evry, University A. Avogardo and Johns Hopkins University; (2006 Workshop Economic Policy and Open Macro – Human Capital and Economic Growth).
 
37. Göttingen; 18-21 Juli 2005; “Social Capital and Economic Growth – Assessment of the Cross-Country evidence” (Postgraduate Programme: The future of the European Social Model); (Summer School 2005); University of Göttingen.
 

Presentations, Lectures, Panel Participations related to dissemination of research results to Policy Makers and Stakeholders
 
38. Brussels; 8 June 2015; “Structural Convergence and Economic Governance in EMU”, Panel Intervention; DG ECFIN Fellowship Iniative 2014/15; DG ECFIN.
 
39. Brussels; 15 September 2014; “Will the next crisis be a social and political crisis – how to build a fairer union of democratic change?”; What Now? Brainstorming ahead of/for the New Commission; DG ECFIN Fellowship Initiative 2014/15; DG ECFIN.
 
40. Washington; 24 June 2014; “Crisis and Trust in National and European Institutions—Panel Evidence for the EU, 1999 to 2012”; Public Trust in the Government; National Intelligence Council’s 2035 Global Trends project; Eurasia Group. 
 
41. Brussels; 11 December 2013; “The Quantity and Quality of Human Capital in Higher Education: Comparing the EU, US and China”; Task Force: The Quantity and Quality of Human Capital: Comparing the EU, US and China; Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
 
42. Brussels; 18 September 2013; “Evolution of the Quality of Human Capital: Comparing the EU, US and China”; Task Force: The Quantity and Quality of Human Capital: Comparing the EU, US and China; Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
 
43. Brussels; 17 June 2013; “Crisis and Trust in National and European Institutions—Panel Evidence for the EU, 1999 to 2012”; (6th IEP/UCP Seminar); Policy Making at the EU level; European Parliament.
 
44. Brussels; 16 April 2013; “Evolution of the Quantity of Human Capital: Comparing the EU, US and China”; Task Force: The Quantity and Quality of Human Capital: Comparing the EU, US and China; Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
 
45. Munich; 1 December 2012; „Deutschland in Europa — Wirtschaftspolitische Fakten in vergleichender Perspektive“; Die Krise: Der Mittelstand als Betroffener; 2012 Jahrestagung der Studiengesellschaft für Mittelstandsfragen e.V.
 
46. Madrid; 1 June 2012; “R&D vs. Intangible Capital Investment in the EU”; The Future of Europe and its Commitment to Science; Panel Discussant; 5th Debate on Europe; Carlos De Amberes Foundation.
 
47. Berlin; 16 December 2011; “Hat die Finanz- und Eurozonenkrise die Unterstützung der Bürger in den Euro unterminiert?“; Ergebnispräsentation und Pressekonferenz der Studie: Has the crisis in the Eurozone undermined citizens‘ support for EMU and the euro?; Stiftung Mercator. 
 
48. Paris; 15 November 2011; “Has the financial crisis resulted in a demand for stronger state regulation?”; Expert at a hearing organized by the Council of Europe on: How much and what kind of state is needed in a democratic and just society?,  Council of Europe.
 
49. Brussels; 10 May 2011; “Has the financial crisis shattered citizens’ trust in national and European governmental institutions?”; Presentation at the conference “A European Union
Drifting Apart? Patterns of Growing Socio-economic Heterogeneity in Times of Global Crisis”. Organized Co-joint by CEPS, Bruegel, EPC, Eurofund and Bertelsmann Foundation. 
 
50. Brussels; 16 December 2010; “Presentation of the INNODRIVE project”; EUKLEMS and Beyond; Presentation of the INNODRIVE Project at a seminar organized by DG Research with participation of various FP7 Project coordinators and representatives of Policy DG’s, DG Research.
 
51. Brussels; 3 December 2010; “Europe 2020 strategy: how to make it work?”, Lecture given to the European Parliaments Former Member Association during their annual seminar on “The economic crisis and the future of the Eurozone”, European Parliament.
 
52. Maastricht; 21-22 March 2010; “The EU2020 Strategy – The Key Role of Education in Employment and Competitiveness”; Key Note Speech at the Conference “The European Dimension of Education Policies”; University of Maastricht.
 
53. Hamburg; 9 February 2010; Menschrechte und Wirtschaft – Ein Europäischer Exportschlager?; Panel Discussant, Stiftung Wertevolle Zukunft.
 
54. Vienna; 23 November 2009; “The European Union – What’s missing?  Citizens’ confidence in EU Institutions?”; Panel Discussant; “Economic, financial and social crisis - Is Europe capable of acting?”; European Forum Alpbach.
 
55. Zagreb; 6 March 2009; “The Post 2010-Lisbon Strategy – The Key Role of Education in Employment and Competitiveness”; (EU CONSENT); Wider Europe, Deeper Integration, The Institute for International Relations (IMO).
 
56. Brussels; 10-12 November 2008; “The financial crisis and its impact on the real economy”; (2nd IEP Seminar); Policy Making at the EU level, European Parliament.
 
57. Lisbon; 6-9 March 2008; “The Key Role of Education on Employment and Competitiveness”; Keynote Speech at the conference “The Lisbon Strategy and the Trade Unions Role: Partnership for better Jobs”; SINTTAV and European Commission.
 
Chair at Panel Discussions and Conferences 
 
58. Hamburg; 29 June 2018; Chair of the “Re-Nationalization or new regionalism: Can Federal Answers meet Regional Expectations?” Panel; Joint Conference “Organizing Unity in Diversity”; Europa-Kolleg Hamburg and University of Hamburg.  
 
59. Brussels; 11 October 2013; Chair of the Intereconomics conference “Inequality in Europe – What can be done what should be done?”; Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). 
 
60. Brussels; 6 December 2012; Chair of the Intereconomics panel discussion “The Welfare State After the Great Recession”; Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).  
 
61. Brussels; 23 March 2011; Chair of the Intereconomics panel discussion “Can the Eurozone be stabilised or will EMU break apart?”; Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). 
 
62. Kiel; 7-10 September 2010; Session Organizer/Chair, Trusting Banks in a Financial Crisis, Annual Conference of the Verein für Sozialpolitik, University of Kiel. 
 
63. Innsbruck; 22-24 April 2008; Social Capital Symposium; Symposium was prepared together with Christoph Hauser, University of Innsbruck.