"I really enjoy the multinational working and research environment with highly qualified and open-minded fellow students from all over the world." Behnaz Gholami, CDSB

Anna Theresa Bührle


Anna Theresa Bührle was born on January 20, 1994, in Freiburg (Breisgau), Germany. She finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Mannheim in 2015. During her studies, she spent one semester abroad at Lancaster University, United Kingdom. She subsequently proceeded with the Mannheim Master in Management with a focus on taxation. In her master thesis, Anna Theresa examined the effect of fiscal R&D incentives on R&D investment in several OECD countries. During her studies she interned in the auditing department at KPMG (Mannheim) and in the tax consultancy department at Falk & Co (Heidelberg). She is currently working in the ZEW’s Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance”.


Research Interests

Her research focuses on issues in international taxation. She is particularly interested in the effect of taxes on the innovative activity of high-tech start-ups and digital businesses. In this context, she investigates fiscal R&D incentives, tax loss restrictions and employee taxation.


Why I chose the University of Mannheim and in particular the GESS

I like the concept of a structured program with the opportunity to attend courses to expand my knowledge. In addition, the international orientation of the university results in an extensive network of potential exchange partners.


The best part of being a doctoral student here

I am relatively free in my research and can draw upon a broad range of knowledge from fellow students and professors in my own as well as other research areas. You will always be able to get feedback on your research ideas, you just have to ask.


A description of my fellow students

My peers come from all over the world and have very different backgrounds. This fosters discussions and broadens the horizon, which benefits us on a professional as well as personal level.


My most challenging experience within the program

The course phase during the first year requires dedication and a lot of staying power, but it lays an important foundation for the following years.


My advice for prospective students

Come. Take a look. If you get past the first impression of the cityscape, you will definitely like it here.