About meI am a Professor of Health Economics at the Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy at the University of Lucerne and Director of the Center for Health, Policy and Economics (CHPE). Before coming to Lucerne, I was an Assistant Professor of Econometrics at the University of Bern and a Lecturer in Statistics and Econometrics at the University of Zurich. I completed a MSc in Economics at the University of Konstanz and received my PhD in Economics from the University of Zurich in 2007. During two post-doc fellowships, I visited the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University (2009/10), and the economics departments at Princeton University (2010) and MIT (2012).
My teaching portfolio comprises courses in health economics, econometrics, and statistics. I am the Academic Director of the Master program in Health Sciences at the University of Lucerne, which successfully started in fall 2013. For further information about the program and details about my courses, please see the teaching section.
My current research focuses on topics in applied health economics and econometrics. I'm particularly interested in studying health-related behavior and decisions, including health insurance choice, substance use and abuse, physical activity and nutrition, the interaction between education and health, design-based health econometrics, and health policy evaluation. For a list of publications, please see the research section.
A current CV with a list of publications can be downloaded here.