I am an economist studying immigration, (digital) labor markets, and public policy more generally. I work as a senior researcher at the KOF Economic Institute at ETH Zurich. I am also a research affiliate at the Immigration Policy Lab, at the Institute of Labor Economics IZA, and at the Zurich Center for Neuroeconomics (UZH). I have a PhD from the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich.
I am co-founder of Policy Analytics whose mission is to support organizations using rigorous evidence to design social programs, policies, services, or interventions that enable their clients to make better decisions for themselves and society.
Most of my work uses field experiments, surveys, natural experiments and large data sets. To evaluate, learn and improve the impact of policies and social programs, I am collaborating with and suppport decision makers in foundations, and in the public and private sector.
Recent work studies how removing immigration restrictions for EU citizens affected native workers in Switzerland and how the digital revolution shapes the skills immigrants bring to destination countries.
You can find my CV here.
I’m passionate about finding synergies and collaborating with NGOs, public and private sector organizations and research institutions to advance our understanding of human behavior allowing us to design, test, improve and scale social programs, policies and interventions that ultimately allow people and communities to thrive. Here are some organizations I have been working with:
x28 operates online job vacancy plattforms in Switzerland. We are working with x28 to advance our understanding how job seekers search for jobs online and which job features they value.
Kununu is an online job and employer rating platform operating in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Kununu’s mission is to improve the transparency and fairness of the job search process by making information available about different job aspects, including wages and firm culture, so job seekers have an easier time to choose the right employer. We are working with Kununu to advance our understanding how job seekers value different aspects of jobs and a firm’s culture.
SECO is the federal government`s centre of excellence for all core issues relating to economic and labour market policy. We helped them to evaluate the implementation of the job vacancy notice obligation (Stellenmeldepflicht). This policy requires that job vacancies in occupation with a high level of unemployment can be accessed first only by residents in Switzerland on an online job-boad.
Engagement Migros supports and guides pioneering projects committed to social impact. We support them in this endeavour by developing a tailor-made impact guidance system that facilitates the use of evidence and learning about what works and what does not in each pioneer project.
We collaborated with the prosecutorial office in St. Gallen to learn about the importance of economizing hearings in the penal process.
Uber is a ride hailing service operative in different cities in Switzerland. We collaborate to learn about the effects of different policies implemented in Switzerland.
The Outpatient Clinic for Victims of Torture and War offers psychiatric-psychotherapeutic clarification and treatment to severely traumatised people with a refugee background. We collaborate to learn about the effects of trauma treatments on mental health and long-term integration of refugees.
The Access to Justice Lab creates and shares the rigorous evidence needed to expand the access to civil justice in U.S. and to improve fairness, dignity and respect in the criminal justice system. We collaborate to study the effects of different criminal justice policies.
The Immigration Policy Lab evaluates and design policies surrounding the integration of immigrants and refugees worldwide. We joint forces to study the effects of immigrants on attitudes of natives towards them and to study different policies and intervention that promote long-term integration of immigrants.