Dr. Franz Westermaier
Franz has over 10 years of experience applying casual inference methods in various economic sectors. His expertise encompasses difference-in-differences, regression discontinuity design, instrumental variable and fixed effects estimations. He has handled large administrative datasets and surveys, employing cutting-edge microeconometric techniques.
In addition to his project contributions, Franz has published widely including in international journals such as the Journal of Public Economics. He also presented his work at numerous conferences across Europe such as at the Conference of the Royal Economic Society in Cambridge, the International Institute of Public Finance Conference in Dresden and the Public Economic Theory Conference in Lisboa.
Franz studied economics at the Free University of Berlin and worked for several years as Research Assistant at the Philipps University of Marburg at the Chair of Public Economics before completing his PhD at the Hertie School Berlin. In 2016, he worked at the DIW in Berlin and accepted a Senior Researcher Position at the University of Wuppertal, where he taught and conducted research at the Chair of Public Economics and Taxation and the Wuppertal Research Institute for the Economics of Education.
Throughout his academic career Franz has lectured and taught tutorials and seminars to students from bachelor to PhD level notably on strategies to quantify and evaluate outcomes of regulatory policies and responses of firms or individuals to market changes. Furthermore, he has taught microeconometric techniques for identifying casual effects with difference-in-differences, regression discontinuity design, instrumental variable and fixed effects estimations, all methods of particular relevance in competition analysis. In addition he conducted specialized courses and seminars on advanced microeconomics, economics of education, and the evaluation of causal policies with impact analysis.
A native German speaker, he is also fluent in English and has basic knowledge of Spanish.