Fields of Research


Human Resources

Organizational, Institutional, Personnel Economics 


Academic Work Experience


Since 2008:     Full Professor, Goethe University

2002 – 2007:   Maître de Conférences at EHESS, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE)

2001 – 2002:   Deputy Director of the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) at Stockholm School of Economics (2001/2002)

1997 – 2001:   Assistant Professor at SITE

1996 – 1997:   Marie Curie Post-doctoral fellow at IDEI, Toulouse



March 2007:   Habilitation, TSE, March 2007

June 1996:      Ph.D. in Economics, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

1992:               Diplom-Volkswirt (M.A., Economics), Universität Bielefeld


Academic Activities and Service


President of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics (Board Member since 2017)

Cofounder, Board member of the Organizational Economics Committee of the German Economic Association (Verein für  Socialpolitik)

From 2015 to 2021, Co-Managing Editor, Economics of Transition and Institutional Change

Member of the Scientific Committee of the Annual CEPR conference on Incentives, Management, and Organizations

Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London

Fellow of Institut für die Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA), Bonn 

Researcher in charge of a DFG/ANR project with IDEI Toulouse “The Relationship between Incentives and Identity in Organizations”




Two times winner of the Gold Medal of the Global Development Network


Professional Experience


1997 – 2000:   Team leader, Russian-European Centre for Economic Policy (RECEP), Moscow

1990:               Treuhandanstalt (THA), Berlin, Corporate Finance 

1992 – 1993:   Consultant with THA in the Moscow Region

1984 – 1985:   Mandatory military service


Academic Seminars (2019 to 2023)


UAB Barcelona, UC Berkeley, Los Andes Bogotá, Rosario Bogotá, Bologna, CEU Budapest, Copenhagen, Cornell, Innsbruck, Queen's Kingston, Linz, Liverpool, Mannheim, Monash, Montreal, Columbia U, Osaka, Rochester, INSEAD Singapore, Stanford, Tilburg, Tokyo U, Waseda Tokyo, Rotman School Toronto, Fuqua Duke, Loyola Sevilla, UNSW Sydney (Chicago, Stockholm, Groningen coming up)




Among others my research has been featured in the New York Times, Le Monde, Les Echos, L’Expansion, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Lebensmittelzeitung, Handelsblatt, Hessischer Rundfunk (TV and Radio), CNBC, Deutsche Welle, RTL, Deutschlandfunk, ZDF