What is the best thing about your job?
Working together with some of my best friends, for example on a joint publication. I also appreciate the freedom that comes along with my job. I can decide on which topic I would like to work on next – and I can organize my daily routine at work on my own.
If you had not gone into research, what would you be doing today?
I love working with data. So, I probably would have become a data scientist at a company, a bank or a political consultancy.
Who or what inspires you?
It helps me extremely to meditate every day. That is why the Dalai Lama and some other spiritual teachers are great sources of inspiration for me.
When was the last time you had to change your mind?
I have to change my mind all the time, that is the beauty of working with data! Every day, I learn more about how people think and how the economy works.
Which advice would you have needed yourself as a doctoral student?
That you should always follow your own interests. It is important to bring a lot of passion for your own research and to always keep that passion in mind.