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I'm a lecturer in economics at University of York, interested in the long-run determinants of modern growth, especially New Economic Geography, International Trade, and Comparative Development.


March 23, 2023, Grant success

I was succesful with a Leverhulme application for a research fellowship for the project ""Wars are breakpoints: Evidence from the Strategic Dispersal of German Industry", that I will work on with Joachim Voth and Fabian Wahl

Oct 20, 2022, New working paper

Our working paper "Identity, Instability, and Investors An Empirical Investigation of the Home Bias" is available as a working paper of the German Research Foundation's Priority Programme 1859 "Experience and Expectation. Historical Foundations of Economic Behaviour"

July 27, 2022, European Economic Review

"The Fetters of Inheritance? Equal Partition and Regional Economic Development", joint with Fabian Wahl is published

Jan 25, 2021, Journal of Comparative Economics

Our article "The origins of agricultural inheritance traditions" is published in the Journal of Comparative Economics

Sep 1, 2020, Oxford Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance

Our article "Early and Medieval Periods in German Economic History" is published in the European Economic Review.

Oct 22, 2019, Nottingham, GEP Seminar

I presented "How Britain Unified Germany: Endogenous Trade Costs and the Foundation of a Customs Union". Thanks for the invite.

August 31, 2019, Paris, EHES

I presented "Evolution and Long-run Consequences of Agricultural Inheritance Traditions"

May 9, 2019, York, Departmental Seminar

I presented "Evolution and Long-run Consequences of Agricultural Inheritance Traditions" to my department. Thanks for the great attendance.

March 2, 2019, ASREC Conference, Boston, MA

Thanks for the surprisingly good comments for "Evolution and Long-run Consequences of Agricultural Inheritance Traditions" and all the talks, exceptional conference

August 1, 2018, MIT, Boston, MA

I presented "The State Built on Sandy Grounds: How Geography formed Brandenburg-Prussia" at the wonderful World Economic History Congress

March 6, 2018, George Mason University, Arlington VA

Great discussions at the "Legacy of Douglass North" conference, where I presented my new work on Brandenburg-Prussia after the Thirty Years War. Lots of innovative and diverse books & papers to be read

Jan 2, 2018, University of York

My first day at the University of York, where I am filling a lecturer position at the department for Economics and Related Studies. I am very much looking forward to my new students, and colleagues.

Sep 3, 2017, EHES Biannual Meeting at Tuebingen

My second EHES meeting, and so much interesting stuff in an always changing field. I presented the paper with Fabian, in a very much advanced version.

July 11, 2017, EHES & IAS Summer School 2017 on Geography, Institutions

and Economic Growth in History at University ofWarwick

Back in Warwick, I presented the paper with Niko Wolf on endogenous trade costs and the formation of a customs union, including the completed model.

June 23, 2017, Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics

Fabian and I have reframed the paper a bit and got very nice comments, excellent conference and lots of new ideas.

April 03, 2017, Agriocliometrics III at Cambridge University

I presented my new work with Fabian Wahl, first panel results, and received lots of motivating comments.

September 07, 2016, Verein für Socialpolitik Augsburg

Insightful conference, and fascinating city. Once the largest agglomeration in the Holy Roman Empire, basically down to a suburb of Munich. I presented a completely revised "How Britain Unified Germany" and received great feedback.

August 30, 2016, First Working Paper

I have my first working paper "Your Reap What you Know", a paper with Fabian Wahl, which can now be downloaded at the Berkeley Economic History Lab and at the European Historical Economics Society.

June 30, 2016, WEast Conference Prague, CZ

I had a good time presenting "You reap what you know" on the WEast conference in Prague. I received a lot of comments and listened to a keynote by James Robinson on the next book coming out.

May 25, 2016, Brown Bag Seminar

Whoever is interested in my new paper with Fabian Wahl, please join my brown bag presentation.

December 1, 2015 University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Philip Brock kindly invited me to the seminar, and I presented "How Britain Unified Germany" for the last time in the US.

November 23, 2015 University of California, Berkeley, USA

I presented "How Britain Unified Germany" at my hosting university at Berkeley. It was extremely inspiring from a theoretical and empirical standpoint, thanks to all of you.

November 4, 2015 University of Chicago Booth, Chicago, USA

I presented "How Britain Unified Germany", and I got great comments on how to specify the model. Thanks very much to Ralph Ossa for making this possible.

October 20, 2015 University of California, Davis, USA

The Economic History Seminar at Davis was a great place to present "How Britain Unified Germany", thanks to Greg Clark for hosting me.

August 09, 2015 University of California, Berkeley, USA

I will be staying at Berkeley for a semester visiting the Economics department, thanks to Barry Eichengreen.