Modules offered

The Theory and Empirics of Taxation (Bachelor)


This module offers an introduction to the economic theory of taxation. In a first step, we discuss normative criteria for evaluating tax systems. The focus of the course then lies on positive tax analysis and discusses the behavioural responses of individuals, households and firms to taxation. In this sense, the course provides a deeper understanding of commodity, income and corporates taxation using microeconomic models. The theoretical insights are supplemented by reading recent empirical studies. Finally, the course analyses taxes as a measure to cope with market imperfections.

What students like about the course (overall assessment 1.1):

"This is an example of what a course should look like, nothing to criticize! The lecturer is supermotivated, very aspiring!"

"She is passionate and explains the concepts in a perfect way. Questions offered in class also promoted critical thinking about the models and measures"

Sozialpolitik (Bachelor)


Im Modul werden Ziele und Instrumente der Sozialpolitik aus ökonomischer Sicht vorgestellt und analysiert. Der Kurs beschäftigt sich zunächst mit der Frage, wann der Staat in private Märkte eingreifen sollte. Diskutiert werden dabei allokative und distributive Rechtfertigungen staatlicher Umverteilung sowie staatlicher Eingriffe in private Versicherungsmärkte. Im zweiten Teil werden arbeitsmarkt-politische Maßnahmen (z.B. Arbeitslosenhilfe, Mindestlohn) aus theoretischer Sicht behandelt und deren Effektivität anhand empirischer Beispiele bewertet. Der letzte Teil der Veranstaltung behandelt aktuelle Fragestellungen in einem der folgenden Bereiche: Bildung, Entwicklungsökonomik, Korruption.

Was Studenten an dem Kurs mögen (Note Gesamturteil 1.4):

"Sehr kompetente, freundliche, witzige Dozentin. Immer motiviert und offen.“

"Spannende Themenauswahl, anschauliche Umsetzung, lebender Vortrag. Bezug zu wissenschaftlichen Papern und aktuellen Forschungsfragen.“

Behavioural Taxation (Master, seminar)


While taxes have been extensively studied in the tradition of neoclassical models, insights of behavioral economics have started to complement this literature, which has - in some aspects - failed to explain real-world behaviour of individuals and firms. This master seminar deals with selected topics in behavioral taxation. Among others, we looked at the effects of tax complexity, tax salience and tax morale. The main objective of this seminar was to prepare students to write a master thesis in Public Economics.

Teaching History


























The Theory and Empirics of Taxation (Bachelor, lecture)

Seminar on "Taxation in Developing Countries" (Bachelor, seminar)

Economics in Action (Bachelor, seminar)


The Theory and Empirics of Taxation (Bachelor, lecture)

Social Policy (Bachelor, lecture and tutorial)

Seminar on "Behavioral Taxation"


Seminar on "The Role of Institutions for Economic Development" (Master, seminar)

Social Policy (Bachelor, lecture and tutorial)


Social Policy (Bachelor, lecture and tutorial)
Markets and Economic Thinking (Bachelor, tutorial)
Empirical Methods II (Bachelor, lecture)

Social Policy (Bachelor, tutorial)
Microeconomics (Bachelor, tutorial)
Empirical Methods II (Bachelor, lecture)

Income, Employment and Inflation (Bachelor, tutorial)
Introduction to Stata (Bachelor, tutorial)

Income, Employment and Inflation (Bachelor, tutorial)
Humboldt Reloaded (Bachelor, research seminar)