My research agenda covers three broad themes: International trade, in particular its political economy and connection with foreign policy, the spatial dimension of international trade and migration, often in the context of the so-called gravity equation, and applied econometrics. My work is characterized by policy-relevant research questions that make use of state-of-the-art quantitative methods often involving big data, as well as devising and implementing econometric techniques to handle such types of data.


Book Chapters

  • 2019

Working Papers

Work in progress

  • Heteroskedasticity, Zeroes, Incidental Parameters, Weighting, and Model Misspecification: What Drives the Differences in Gravity Estimates? — with Mario Larch, Joschka Wanner and Yoto V. Yotov.  
  • Frictions impede assortative matching in a global market for talent — with Keith Head.  
  • To Russia with Love? The Impact of Sanctions on Elections — with Robert Gold and Michele Valsecchi.  
  • Now We’re Talking: Quantifying the Effect of Languages on Trade with 2 billion Tweets — with Elsa Leromain.  


  • 2018
  • 2017
  • Transpazifische Partnerschaft TPP: Totgeglaubte leben länger. Wirtschaftsdienst.   link 
  • 2016
  • Collateral damage: The impact of the Russia sanctions on sanctioning countries’ exports — with Matthieu Crozet. VoxEU.   link 
  • Sanctions et embargos : quels impacts sur le commerce de la france vers la russie ? — with Matthieu Crozet. La lettre du CEPII.   link 

Policy Reports

  • 2017
  • Russia’s and the EU’s Sanctions. Economic and Trade Effects, Compliance and the Way Forward — with Elisabeth Christen, Oliver Fritz and Franz Sinabell.   link 
  • 2016
  • Auswirkungen der Wirtschaftssanktionen der EU und Russlands auf Wertschöpfung und Beschäftigung in Österreich und der EU — with Elisabeth Christen, Oliver Fritz and Gerhard Streicher.   link