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Johannes Wacks


Johannes was born in 1989 in Berlin and grew up in Schleswig-Holstein. He initially studied Economics in Göttingen, interrupted only by a semester abroad in Seville, Spain. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, he moved to Mannheim. There, he focused on Quantitative Macroeconomics and received his master’s degree, after having written his thesis on the empirical and theoretical implications of fiscal policy shocks. His studies were supported by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes). During the semester breaks, he completed internships at Deutsche Bank Research (project on the reform process in the Eurozone), the IfW in Kiel (dynamics in the interbank market), and Deutsche Bundesbank (regional business cycle analysis).

Johannes’ research interests cover various Macroeconomic topics, e.g. Business Cycle Analysis, Fiscal and Monetary policy, especially in the presence of heterogeneous agents. Using incomplete market models, he is currently working on questions regarding the drivers and the implications of increasing wealth inequality. In his free time he likes meeting with friends, traveling (especially to North and South America), and doing sports.