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

Professor of Economics at the Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz. He previously held professorships at universities in Dresden, Würzburg and Glasgow. Klaus has been working on economic theory, business cycles and international trade since the beginning of his PhD studies in 1992 at the University of Kiel, Germany. He has published in leading international journals such as Journal of Economic Theory, Economic Journal and International Economic Review. Recent work focuses on labour markets and their reforms (especially the Hartz Reforms in Germany) and on "Emotional Economics". He is a member of CESifo, of IZA and an Extra-mural Fellow of the Department of Economics of the Université catholique de Louvain. He is also an associate editor of Journal of Economics. He has worked for the World Bank and the European Commission, among other institutions.

Director, 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.

Director, Ph.D. Programs in Management and in Marketing and MSQ Program in Quantitative Management and in Quantitative Marketing

Professor Dr. Bernd Skiera

Professor of Marketing at Goethe University Frankfurt (Chair of Electronic Commerce), is Director of the Ph.D. Program in Marketing and the MSQ Program in Marketing. Professor Skiera obtained his doctorate in marketing at Kiel University in 1995 as well as his habilitation in 1999, since when he has held the Chair of Electric Commerce at Goethe University Frankfurt. He has acted as a visiting scholar and guest professor numerous times at prestigious universities in Austria, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His research focuses on electronic commerce (including online marketing and), social media management, customer management and pricing. 

Director, Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics and MSQ Program in Law and Quantitative Economics

Professor Dr. Uwe Walz

Professor of Economics at Goethe University Frankfurt (Chair for Industrial Organization), is Director of the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics and the MSQ Program in Law and Quantitative Economics. Walz obtained his doctorate from the University of Tübingen in 1992. After having been a visiting research fellow to the London School of Economics (1992 to 1993) and the University of California at Berkeley (1994 to 1995), he completed his habilitation at the University of Mannheim in 1995. Thereafter he joined the University of Bochum (1995 to 1997) as Associate Professor and the University of Tübingen (1997 to 2000) as Professor. In 2003, he became Program Director of the Center for Financial Studies (CFS). Since 2004 he also is a Research Professor at the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW). His main current research focuses on venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, and contract theory as well as on the economics of network industries.

Director, 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.

Director of Academic Records

Selma Ullrich, B.A.

joined Goethe University Frankfurt in 2012. She holds a Bachelor's degree in International Business Administration from Fachhochschule Wiesbaden. Prior to joining Goethe University, she inter alia held a wide range of responsibilities in the administrative coordination of the Master Program in International Business Administration and Foreign Trade at Fachhochschule Worms.

Office of Academic Records Staff

Heidrun Schneider

joined Goethe University Frankfurt in 1981 and has worked for several years in the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and in its Department of Accounting where she was responsible for different administrative areas.

Director of Student Services

Hagai Leal, Mg. Soc. Anthr.

joined Goethe University Frankfurt in 2017. He holds a Magister’s degree in Social Anthropology from the Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina. Prior to joining Goethe University, he lectured and researched at the Universidad de Ibagué, Colombia, and studied or performed anthropological fieldwork in Latin America, Europe and Israel.

Director of Finance

Gabi Wargenau