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Recent Posts

The Austrian government has made it very hard to obtain COVID19 data that can be compared over time. Initially the health ministry started with a website where the total number of cases and deaths were hand-edited into an html file two times a day. Later some regions were added. Some regions themselves started to independently report the number of positive tests for their districts (Bezirke), others explicitly refused to do this.


Propedeutics and Motivation. Urbanisation in developing economies is finally starting to get the recognition that it deserves within the profession. Apart from the recent special issue in the JoUE edited by Glaeser and Henderson (2017), there finally is a paper that provides a theoretical explanation for how poor megacities can come about: Jedwab and Vollrath (n.d.) in the AEJ:Macro (I personally would have loved to see that in a top5 since it is so unique and the first of its kind)1.



Colonialism in the Indian Ocean

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Pre-industrial Urban Dynamics

An example of linking directly to an external project website using external_link.


Some random links and resources

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Things that (supposedly) make me more productive
  • Sublime, a truly sublime texteditor
  • Within R: (recently all these packages were merged together with others by R-god Hadley Wickham into the metapackage tidyverse)
    • dplyr (the next (last?) iteration of ‘plyr’, the most powerful data wrangling package on earth; across all platforms)
    • tidyr (the evolution of ‘reshape2’, powerful in changing the layout of data - e.g. cross-section to panel and vice-versa)
    • magrittr (a pipe operator that makes code nicer)
  • Gummi, a slim TeX-editor with live update


Currently I am working on an R-package to implement mutliple Spatial-, or Geographic Regression Discontinuity Design estimation strategies.
It is called SpatialRDD and a development version is available on Github.


Resources for courses I co-taught or TA’d

A.A. 2020/21

  • Microeconomics (see blackboard) [Johns Hopkins SAIS]

A.A. 2018/19

A.A. 2016/17