Personal Data: Born 3rd January 1962 in Oberstdorf, Germany, married, one child.
Academic qualifications: Diplom-Volkswirt (equiv. M.A. in Economics) (1987). Dr. oec. publ., University of Munich (1994). Habilitation, University of Munich (2000).
Previous positions: Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Munich (1989-94). Visiting Lecturer, University of Essex, UK (1994-95). Senior Lecturer (C1), Department of Economics, University of Munich (1995-2001). Managing director of Verein für Socialpolitik (German Economic Association) (1997-2000). Visiting Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario, Canada (2000-01). Visiting professor, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (2001-02). Full professor for public economics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (April 2002- March 2007). Dean, School of Business & Economics, Freie Universität Berlin (July 2010 – April 2013)
Present position: Full professor for international public economics, Freie Universität Berlin (since April 2007). Research Professor, Ifo-Institute Dresden (since May 2008), member of the Advisory Council to the Federal Ministry of Finance (since 2015)
Fields of interest: Happiness and behavioral economics, labor economics, general public economics, reforming the welfare state, optimal taxation, environmental and resource economics