My research interests include housing and urban economics, household finance, and economic and urban history. In particular, I am interested in how people make their housing decisions, what factors play into these decisions and what the outcomes are to better understand housing demand and house prices.
At the moment I am fascinated by homes as an aesthetic consumption good: is urban appearance in the built environment valued and if so, how much does it contribute to house prices? Does information derived from images of the built environment help us get a better understanding of property prices? Also, I am interested in historical housing markets: how have house prices developed over time and what can we learn from them? How did property markets work back then; were the same economic forces at play that we know from modern cities? In my current household finance research, I use detailed household data representative of German households to analyse topics of political or societal interest. Read more about my research here.
Previously, I was a tenure-track advanced researcher in real estate and household finance at ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim, Germany where I was responsible for the research area "Household Finance and Real Estate". One of my projects was the German Real Estate Finance Index (DIFI), a quarterly survey among real estate experts, which I edited in cooperation with Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). I was also the principal investigator in two research projects on aesthetics in the built environment and reverse mortgages as an instrument for one's old-age income. Lastly, I chaired the annual ReCapNet (Real Estate and Capital Markets Network) conference between 2018 and 2020. I am affiliated with ZEW as a Junior Research Associate.