Professor Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln, Ph.D.

Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln is Professor of Macroeconomics and Development at Goethe University Frankfurt. Prior to joining Goethe University in 2009, she was an assistant professor at Harvard University. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 2004. Her research focuses on the analysis of household saving and labor supply behavior, and the endogeneity of preferences. Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln is chairwoman of the Review of Economic Studies and of the German Economic Association. She received the 2018 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Science Foundation, the highest scientific award in Germany, and the 2016 Gossen Prize of the German Economic Association. In 2018, she was also awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant. Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Federal Ministry of Finance and of the Franco-German Council of Economic Experts. She holds many affiliations in international research networks.


Professor Michael Binder, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics at Goethe University Frankfurt (Chair for International Macroeconomics and Macroeconometrics), is Dean of the Graduate School of Economics, Finance, and Management. Binder did his undergraduate coursework in economics, business administration and law at the University of Kiel, and received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. Upon completion of his Ph.D. he was a faculty member at the University of Maryland until 2003. Binder has been a Fulbright scholar, a Marie Curie research fellow, a scholar of the German National Scholarship Foundation, and has been the recipient of numerous teaching and advising awards. He has published on a variety of topics in macroeconomics and applied econometrics, and is/was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Econometrics, the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and Empirical Economics. Binder has held visiting appointments inter alia at the University of Cambridge, the University of Munich, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Bank of Spain. Binder's current research in part examines the implications of financial and trade globalization for business cycle dynamics, output growth and exchange rate dynamics. This research involves the development of new econometric methods for macroeconomic panels, as well as the assembly of new cross-country panel data sets.

Deputy Deans

Professor Dr. Volker Nitsch

Professor of Economics at Darmstadt University of Technology, is Deputy Dean of of the Graduate School of Economics, Finance, and Management. He pursued his graduate education at Free University of Berlin and at Humboldt University of Berlin and obtained his doctoral degree in economics from Humboldt University Berlin in 2000. Before coming to Darmstadt in 2009, he was Senior Economist for Bankgesellschaft Berlin from 1995 to 2003, Junior Professor of Economics at Free University of Berlin until 2009, and Head of Division at KOF Swiss Economic Institute from 2007 to 2009. He currently is also affiliated as Research Professor with the KOF Swiss Economic Institute at ETH Zurich and as Research Fellow with the CESifo in Munich. His research focuses on international trade patterns, regional integration, institutional arrangements, currency unions, exchange rate regimes, central banks, and empirical economic geography.

Professor Dr. Klaus Wälde

Klaus Wälde has been working on economic theory, business cycles and international trade since the beginning of his PhD studies in 1992. He has published in leading international journals, such as Journal of Economic Theory, Economic Journal or International Economic Review. Recent work focuses on labour markets and their reforms (especially the Hartz Reforms in Germany) and on 'Emotional Economics'. He also contributed chapters to a textbook and taught Applied Intertemporal Optimization, an advanced textbook at the PhD level, at various universities. He was invited for talks and research visits to many European countries, to North America and Asia. He is a member of CESifo ( and IZA and an Extra-mural Fellow of the Department of Economics of the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve. He also serves as liaison lecturer (Vertrauensdozent) of the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung. He is associate editor of the Journal of Economics.

Program Directors

Ph.D. Program in Accounting and MSQ Program in Quantitative Accounting

Professor Dr. Anna Rohlfing-Bastian

Anna Rohlfing-Bastian is Professor for Accounting at Goethe University Frankfurt since 2016. She studied International Business Administration at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen and at the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan. She obtained her doctoral degree at the University of Mannheim in 2010. Between 2006 and 2016, she worked at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, the University of Mannheim, and the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar.

Ph.D. Program in Economics and MSQ Program in Quantitative Economics

Professor Dr. Ferdinand von Siemens

Ferdinand von Siemens is professor for applied economics at the Goethe University Frankfurt since September 2012. He studied economics at the University of Freiburg and the University of Munich. He completed his PhD in economics at the University of Munich in 2004. Since then he worked at the University of Munich and since 2008 at the University of Amsterdam. His main research interests are applied contract theory, behavioral economics and experimental economics.

Ph.D. Program in Finance and MSQ Program in Quantitative Finance

Professor Dr. Holger Kraft

Professor of Finance at Goethe University Frankfurt (UBS Endowed Chair of Asset Pricing), is Director of the Ph.D. Program in Finance and the MSQ Program in Quantitative Finance. He is also member of the Fraunhofer ITWM, Kaiserslautern. Kraft received his doctorate in Mathematical Finance from TU Kaiserslautern in 2002. His current research focuses on liquidity risk, credit risk, portfolio optimization over the life cycle, and contagion effects in capital markets.w and finance, law and economics, and antitrust issues.

Ph.D. Program in Marketing and MSQ Program in Quantitative Marketing

Professor Dr. Simone Wies

Simone Wies received her M.Sc. in Marketing and Finance and Ph.D. in Finance from Maastricht University, and is Professor of Marketing at Goethe University Frankfurt. Prior to her appointment as professor , she held the SAFE Junior Professorship for Marketing and Finance at the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE at Goethe University, and a post-doctoral research position in marketing at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

Academic Records

Student Services

Claudia is a communication trainer and mediator. She studied politics, law and economics in Duisburg and Nottingham. After her studies, she worked for pwc Germany and at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. 

Head of Controlling

Michaela Uhrhan

Michaela joined Goethe University Frankfurt in 2020. Before that she worked for 27 years for an international mineral oil company in various Business Finance departments, where she held since 2013 the position of Planning and Performance Analyst in the Supply Chain.