I am a Professor of Economics at the University of Bayreuth where I hold the chair for Quantitative Economic History (VWL VII). I am also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), IZA – Institute of Labor Economics, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, and RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research. Before joining the University of Bayreuth, I was an Associate Professor at the University of St Andrews and a Senior Researcher at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
I work at the intersection of international and regional economics, labor economics, and quantitative economic history. My main current research is on the economic effects of immigration and the causes of regional differences in economic development, with a focus on Germany in the 19th and 20th century. My current work on the long-term effects of industrialisation on regional economic development in Germany is supported by a grant of the German Science Foundation.
I am also one of the coordinators of the master programme History & Economics at the University of Bayreuth. The programme offers students an interdisciplinary education in history and economics that is currently one-of-a-kind in Germany.
Please see my CV for more details.