I hold a Dr. rer. pol. from the Freie Universität Berlin where I also received my Habilitation and Venia Legendi. Previously, I worked at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, was John F. Kennedy Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, visiting professor at the University of Bielefeld, and Associate Professor at Free University of Bolzano (Italy). Since 2011 I have been a full professor for public economics and economic policy at Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany). My main research interests are in the areas of labor economics, macroeconomics, political economics, and agent-based modelling. Recently, I have been working on such topics as voting behavior, social preferences, network effects in labor markets, genetic determinants of preferences, or the economic consequences of helicopter money. I published more than 40 research articles in general interest and leading field journals. Currently, I am the dean of study programs for teachers at my department and director of the “Zentrum für Lehrerbildung” at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. Furthermore, I am on the editorial board of the European Journal of Political Economy.