I am a Senior Researcher at ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim, Germany. In my research, I investigate the role of innovation incentives and the impact of innovation on firm performance and economic growth. My work is characterized by a combination of unique micro data, econometric analysis and methodological advances. I am particularly interested in policy evaluation, patent indicators, productivity, and import competition.
With a strong empirical focus on China and its rise in the global economy, I maintain a critical understanding of the data generating process and institutions in China. Based on my research, I have advised the World Bank, the OECD, and the German Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation, among others. I was a Visiting Professor at Peking University for two years and I am a Research Affiliate of IZA - Institute of Labor Economics and Fellow of Tsinghua University.