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Simon, Jenny

Economic Advisor

German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Germany



Max Weber alumnus

Department of Economics

Cohort(s): 2011/2012

Ph.D. Institution

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States


My research falls in the intersection of macroeconomics and public finance. I am primarily interested in optimal redistributive policy, and in how social redistribution is influenced by the characteristics of the environment a government operates in. How politically stable an environment is or whether or not a well-functioning market economy exists, for instance, may have a major impact on a government's ability to implement redistribution. Moreover, I am interested in public policies that emerge in unions of countries like the EU.
Prior to joining the European University Institute as a Max Weber Fellow, I was a graduate student at the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There I worked on my doctoral dissertation on ‘Optimal Policy and the Coexistence of Markets and Governments’ under the supervision of Daron Acemoglu and Ivan Werning. I expect to complete my Ph.D. in the summer of 2011. I have also been involved in teaching Statistical Methods and advising term papers on Economic Growth.
I hold an M.Sc. degree in Economics and Management Sciences from Humboldt University Berlin
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