Welcome! I am a PhD student in Economics at the Alfred-Weber-Institute for Economics at Heidelberg University. I am interested in the empirical analysis of (climatic) disaster impacts on the society. For my research, I use geospatial, climatic and socio-economic data and methods. In April 2021 I defended my PhD thesis “Geospatial Analysis of Natural Disasters: Economic Impacts, Societal Responses, and Political Bias” which was supervised by Axel Dreher and Eric Strobl.

Please find my current CV here.


Unraveling the Effects of Tropical Cyclones on Economic Sectors Worldwide: Direct and Indirect Impacts, 2021, Environmental and Resource Economics, 78:545–569. [Open Access]

Distortions in Aid Allocation of United Nations Flash Appeals: Evidence from the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, 2020, World Development, 136 (105023) (with Vera Z. Eichenauer, Andreas Fuchs, and Eric Strobl). [Link]

Working Papers

Disastrous Discretion: Ambiguous Decision Situations Foster Political Favoritism, 2021, KOF Working Papers, 491 (with Stephan A. Schneider). [Link]

Work in Progress

Sectoral Flood Impacts in Europe - Insights from a new Spatial Sectoral GDP Dataset (with Aurélien Saussay and Leonie Wenz).

Analyzing the Effectiveness of Emergency Aid from Outer Space (with Vera Z. Eichenauer and Andreas Fuchs).

Choosing the right spot? Natural Disaster Risk Exposure of Colonial Settlers (with Johannes Matzat).

Subnational Growth Effects of Tropical Cyclones (with Matthias Kalkuhl and Leonie Wenz).


Macroeconomics (Bachelor Tutorial)

  • Winter term (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)

Research Seminar Development Economics (Master Seminar)

  • Winter term (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Summer term (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020)

Empirical Research Methods (Master Seminar)

  • Summer term (2020)

Empirical Public Choice (Bachelor Tutorial)

  • Summer term (2017)