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Prof. Anna Bindler, PhD

Cluster position Investigator

Cluster member since 2020

Research Areas

Main research topics

Applied Microeconomics, Economics of Crime, Law and Economics, Labor Economics


Anna Bindler is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Cologne. Before starting in Cologne, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Gothenburg. She is an Affiliate at the Department of Economics at the University of Gothenburg, a Research Associate at CAGE/University of Warwick and a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization. Anna Bindler studied Economics at the University of Bonn and ENSAE Paris, and received her Ph.D from University College of London in 2015.


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Policy briefs


What is the best thing about your job?

To work on topics that I am curious about, working together with interesting and interested people who want to develop themselves constantly – and of course the standing desk in my office.

If you had not gone into research, what would you be doing today?

If I already had my PhD, I would probably have liked to join an international organisation as an economist. If I had to choose a completely new field, this would be a tough choice: Maybe psychology, architecture or something completely different.

Who or what inspires you?

People who think positively and, especially in research, ambitious top researchers who nevertheless are approachable and take time for others.

When was the last time you had to change your mind?

Constantly, it starts in everyday life with whether I prefer a cappuccino or a latte. Joking apart: learning when it is the right time to change your mind is one of the most essential parts of research.

Which advice would you have needed yourself as a doctoral student?

As a postdoc, I got some great advice that I would have liked to have earlier: To collect positive feedback, for example from students or colleagues, in a notebook. This really helps on a bad day when things aren’t going so well and you doubt yourself.