About me



I was born in Hannover, Germany (see map) but am now a permanent resident of the U.S.                        

I am married to my lovely wife Maureen and we have two children, Samuel and Clara.


Places I have lived include Billings, MT, State College, PA, Eckernförde, Germany,

College Station, TX, Dallas, TX and Hamburg, Germany.

Currently, I live in Bryn Mawr, PA, which is in the greater Philadelphia area.



I went to university at Christian-Albrechts Universität in Kiel,

Germany. I received my Diplom in Volkswirtschaftslehre.

(That's economics.) My focus was international economics.






I spent the academic year 2001/2002 at Penn State University.

This is where I took my first Ph.D. level economics courses and

met my wife-to-be. Both were important factors in my decision

to pursue graduate studies in the U.S.




I received my Ph.D. in economics from Texas A&M University.

My dissertation consists of chapters on Business Cycle Accounting

for the UK, fiscal stabilization in an open economy setting and

vertical FDI.



In the academic year 2009/2010 I was a visiting

assistant professor at Southern Methodist University. I taught

Principles of Macroeconomics and Intermediate Macroeconomics.





Since August 2010 I have been working at the

Villanova School of Business at the

Department of Economics.







Fall 2013 and academic year 2020/2021 I was on sabbatical leave and visited

the Institut für Weltwirtschaft in Kiel, Germany.