Experts for the YES! 2017

Welcome to our team of experts standing behind the students and their projects.

 

Passionate specialists and researchers support our young participants to explore their topics, help them to evaluate complex economic relationships and encourage them to find creative and innovative solutions to their tasks.

Also, experts of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics provide detailed information on how to conduct scientific research and train the students on their media skills.
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Kristin Biesenbender is a scientific editor for the Wirtschaftsdienst – Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftspolitik at the ZBW – Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft. She studied journalism/communication science and economics (M.A.) at the University of Hamburg. Her fields of research are media economy, crisis communication, empirical communication research and economic policy.

 

Her YES! 2017 topics:

New Models of Working Hours in the Digital Age
selected by the team Max-Planck-Schule Kiel

Promoting Electric Mobility
selected by the team RBZ Wirtschaft . Kiel

Florence Blandinières is a researcher at ZEW’s Research Department „Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics“. Her main research interests are technological change, Science and Technologies studies and knowledge transfer applied in the health sector. She was a research fellow at the Graduate School of the Economics of Innovative Change, joint to the Max Planck Institute of Economics and Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. She earned her doctoral degree in 2016 at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. She was visiting scholar at INGENIO, a joint research institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV).

 

His YES! 2017 topic:

National Innovation Strategies
selected by the teams Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium Stuttgart und BBS Wirtschaft 1 Ludwigshafen

 

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Sebastian Blesse joined ZEW’s Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” as a researcher in June 2015. His research interests focus on public economics, especially fiscal federalism and regional economics as well as applied econometrics. Moreover, he is currently working on survey data from the Collaborative Research Center SFB 884 “Political Economy of Reforms”. Current research projects in the framework of his dissertation, supervised by Prof. Dr. Alfons Weichenrieder, include issues of tax competition and the economic effects of mergers of boundary reforms.

 

His YES! 2017 topic:

European Integration and the Rise of National Populist Parties
selected by the teams Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium Dillingen and Hohe Landesschule Hanau

 

Eckart Bode

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Eckhardt Bode is Senior Economist at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. His fields of research are Knowledge Creation and Growth as well as The Global Division of Labour. He teaches at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and has published numerous articles in renowned academic journals.

 

His YES! 2017 topic:

Skills for the New Digital Age
selected by the team Richard-Hallmann-Schule Trappenkamp

Daniel Erdsiek studied economics at the University of Mannheim focussing on econometrics and labour economics. In his diploma thesis, he analysed the intergenerational transmission of human capital. In June 2011, Daniel Erdsiek joined the ZEW Research Department “Information and Communication Technologies”. His research focuses on the effects of ICT usage both at the firm level and at the individual level.

 

His YES! 2017 topic:

Artificial Intelligence and the Digital Economy

selected by the team Werner-Heisenberg-Gymnasium Weinheim

 

 

Dennis Görlich is Managing Director of the Global Economic Symposiums (GES) and researcher at the Kiel Institute for the Economy. His field of study is labour market impact of globalization, organization of work, and inequality on European labour markets.

 

His YES! 2017 topic:

Skills for the New Digital Age
selected by the team Richard-Hallmann-Schule Trappenkamp

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Michael Hellwig is a researcher at the Research Group “Regulation and Competition” at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. He studied economics at Heidelberg University and pursued his master studies in economics and business at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He additionally studied the master course public economics at the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer. His research interests include the regulation of network industries and the interplay of law and economics.

 

His YES! 2017 topic:

Post-Growth Society: How to Get Everyone on Board
selected by the team Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium Stuttgart

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After completing a MA Programme in Philosophy & Economics at the University of Bayreuth and a work stay at the United Nations in New York, Paul Hufe currently pursues a PhD within the framework of the Mannheim ScienceCampus for Taxation (MaTax) at the Graduate School of Economics and Social Science (GESS) of the University of Mannheim.

In March 2015 he joined ZEW’s Research Group “International Distribution and Redistribution” at ZEW. His research interests particularly include the areas of equality of opportunity and optimal income taxation.

 

His YES! 2017 topic:

Modern Tax Policy: New Ways to Promote Fairness and Efficiency 
selected by the team Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium Ulm

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Paul Hünermund studied economics at the University of Mannheim and HEC Lausanne. During that time, he worked as an assistant researcher in the economic intelligence and strategic planning division of BASF SE. He graduated as a Master of Science in 2012 with a thesis on entry and exit dynamics over the industry life-cycle and afterward joined the Research Department “Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics” at ZEW. Currently, he is an external Ph.D. student at the faculty of “Managerial Economics, Strategy, and Innovation” of KU Leuven in Belgium. In the 2016 fall semester, he visited the department of economics at NYU Stern School of Business in New York.

 

His YES! 2017 topic:

National Innovation Strategies
selected by the teams Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium Stuttgart
and BBS Wirtschaft 1 Ludwigshafen.

Christine Merk

Christine Merk is a researcher for Environment and Natural Ressources at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. She got a masters degree in Politics and Administration, University of Konstanz, as well as a masters degree in Public Affairs and Politics, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

 

Her YES! 2017 topic:

Nudging Sustainable Consumption
selected by the teams Alexander-von-Humboldt-Schule Neumünster and Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium Hamburg

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Martin Murmann studied economics with elective courses in econometrics and political sciences at the University of Konstanz and Linköping University, Sweden. Since July 2011, he is working as researcher in the ZEW research department “Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics”. His main field of research focuses on start-ups and their competitive environment. During the fall semester of 2016 he visited the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Boston University.

 

His YES! 2017 topic:

National Innovation Strategies
selected by the teams Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium Stuttgart
and BBS Wirtschaft 1 Ludwigshafen

Kerstin Nolte is a research fellow at the research program Growth and Development at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs in Hamburg. She studied geography and development economics in Göttingen, Regensburg und Paris. She works on the topic of large-scale land acquisitions and conducted field research in Kenya, Mali and Zambia.

 

Her YES! 2017 topic:

Landgrabbing or Reasonable Investments?
selected by the team Helene-Lange-Gymnasium Rendsburg

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Christiane Reif studied international economics at the University of Regensburg. In her studies, she participated in the “Honors” degree program and concentrated on international and interregional economics, statistics, environmental economics, and politics. Since October 2009, Christiane Reif has been working as a researcher in ZEW’s Research Department “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management”. She was a visiting researcher at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) in Bilbao, Spain. She successfully finished her doctoral thesis entitled “Voluntary Cooperation of Individuals and Cooperates in the Environmental Context” in 2015. In her research in environmental and behavioural economics, she applies experimental and empirical methods on issues like public good provision, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and adaptation to climate change.

 

Her YES! 2017 topic:

Sustainable Consumption: Eco(nomical)?
selected by the team Friedrich-List-Schule Mannheim

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Patrick Schulte studied economics with a specialisation in econometrics at the Universities of Marburg, Cork (Ireland), and Heidelberg. He joined ZEW’s Research Department “Information and Communication Technologies” in 2011 and received his PhD in economics at Goethe University Frankfurt in 2016.

In his dissertation entitled “Empirical Essays on Technical Change, ICT and Energy Demand” he studied macroeconomic consequences of technical change for energy- and labour demand as well as the role of private information as a second currency in online markets. His general research interests are applied econometrics and the economics of digitisation. In particular, he currently deals with the consequences of the digitisation for productivity and innovation as well as with the functioning of online markets.

 

His YES! 2017 topic:

Artificial Intelligence and the Digital Economy
selected by the team Werner-Heisenberg-Gymnasium Weinheim

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Thomas Schwab gained his Bachelor’s degree in economics and social sciences from the Vienna University of Business and Economics (WU Wien). He subsequently pursued his Master’s degree at WU Wien and the Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin). In September 2014, he joined the taxation program of the Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB) at the Mannheim Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences (GESS). He is also a member of the Mannheim ScienceCampus (MaTax) for research in the field of taxation.

Since February 2017, Thomas Schwab has been a researcher in ZEW’s Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance”. His research interests are company taxation and public finance.

 

His YES! 2017 topic:

European Integration and the Rise of National Populist Parties
selected by the teams Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium Dillingen and Hohe Landesschule Hanau

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Olga Slivko studied Business-Informatics at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia). Later, she obtained Master degrees in Industrial Economics from Rovira i Virgili University (Reus, Spain) and in Economics of Science and Innovation from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Barcelona, Spain). She completed her PhD in Economics from Rovira i Virgili University in October 2012. In her PhD dissertation, she analysed the relationship between market structure and firm innovation strategies. During her PhD, she was also a teaching assistant for Economics of Transportation, Industrial Policy and Public Sector Economics. Her research focuses on Economics of Innovation and Information Technologies, especially, on the aspects of content generation on digital platforms such as Wikipedia, Stackoverflow, and more.

 

 

Her YES! 2017 topic:

Artificial Intelligence and the Digital Economy
selected by the team Werner-Heisenberg-Gymnasium Weinheim

Cora Wacker-Theodorakopoulos is a scientific editor for the Wirtschaftsdienst – Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftspolitik at ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics. She graduated in economics from the University of Hamburg, where she also worked as an academic researcher.

 

Her YES! 2017 topics:

New Models of Working Hours in the Digital Age
selected by the team Max-Planck-Schule Kiel

Promoting Electric Mobility
selected by the team RBZ Wirtschaft . Kiel

Carina Woodage is a researcher at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim and doctoral student at the University of Mannheim. During her bachelor studies in economics at the University of Bonn, she spent one year abroad in the Master’s program at the Toulouse School of Economics. She received her master’s degree in economics from the University of Cologne. In her research, she focuses on public economics and applied microeconometrics.

 

Her YES! 2017 topic:

Modern Tax Policy: New Ways to Promote Fairness and Efficiency 
selected by the team Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium Ulm

Organizers

The YES! – Young Economic Summit is a joint project of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and the Joachim Herz Stiftung under the patronage of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Brigitte Zypries.

 

The ZBW is the world’s largest information centre for economic literature and ideally positioned to teach students information literacy.

 

The Joachim Herz Stiftung is a non-profit foundation that is economically independent, and politically neutral, and has years of experience in the design and implementation of youth events, especially regarding economic education.

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Academic Partners

The YES! is supported by the academic partners of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) in Kiel, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg and of course the researchers, mentors and employees of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.

Kontakt

Laura Bickel
Projektmanagerin
t: +49 (0) 431 8814 359
e: l.bickel@zbw.eu

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Kai Meinke
Projektmanager
t: +49 (0) 431 8814 643
e: k.meinke@zbw.eu