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Prof. Katja Maria Kaufmann, Ph.D.


Katja Maria Kaufmann is an assistant professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim. She is currently on leave from Bocconi University, where she holds a position as Assistant Professor. Katja received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2008 and has held visiting positions at the Harvard Kennedy School, NBER, Princeton University, Stanford University and Yale University since then. In 2009, she received the Bocconi University Research Prize (€7500) and in 2010 she was awarded the CESifo Distinguished Affiliate Award for the Economics of Education.

Katja’s research interests are in the areas of Applied Microeconometrics, Labor and Development Economics, and Economics of Education. She is a Research Affiliate at CESifo, a Member at the European Development Research Network (EUDN) and at the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity: A Global Working Group (University of Chicago).

One of Katja’s main current projects is on estimating the longrun (and intergenerational) effects of elite higher education, in particular in terms of marriage and fertility decisions and in terms of spouse and child quality. Another of her research projects is on the implementation and enforcement of government policies, such as of the world’s largest conditional cash transfer programs "Bolsa Familia" in Brazil. In the past she has been analyzing the role of information and individuals' subjective expectations in choices under uncertainty, such as educational decisions, consumption choices, (agricultural) activity choices and decision about compliance with respect to government policies.