About Me

Welcome to my website!

I am an Associate Professor (with tenure) and a Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the University of Groningen.

Prior to my current position, I was a research Associate at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn, Germany, where I am now a Research Fellow. I am also a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution  and Bruegel, and a Fellow at GLO. In addition to my academic career, I have demonstrated research experience in leading think tanks and international institutions, such as the Urban Institute, the Brookings Institution, and the World Bank.

I serve as a Co-Editor (Economics) of the Journal of Happiness Studies and I am an Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics and the International Review of Economics. Currently, I am also serving as a Section Editor for the Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics.

My research focuses on the well-being causes and consequences of development, labor market arrangements, migration, and institutions. A special interest of mine is the well-being implications of entrepreneurship.

I am always looking for and interested in opportunities for engaging in rigorous social science research which helps inform public debates and generates social value-added.