I am an Assistant Professor on Tenure Track at the Center for Disability and Integration
at the University of St. Gallen. I studied economics at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and the University of Skövde (Sweden). In 2012, I attained a PhD in economics from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and joined the CDI-HSG at the University of St. Gallen.
My main areas of research include health and labor economics, applied econometrics, and public economics with a focus on disability and integration. I studied the importance of culture for different outcomes, such as unemployment durations and the demand for social insurance. I am also interested in optimal design of (social) insurances, especially unemployment, disability, and health insurance. Recent research focusses on the education of children with learning disabilities and their influence on non-disabled peers. Finally, I am also interested in the empirical identification of tax competition.
The paper "Income and substitution effects of a disability insurance reform" (joint with Eva Deuchert) has been accepted for publication at the Journal of Public Economics.
I was elected into the board of the Swiss Society for Health Economics (SGGÖ).
New version of paper on school starting age and effects on health, education, and work available.