“The thousand profound scholars may have failed, first, because they were scholars, secondly, because they were profound, and thirdly, because they were a thousand.”
—Edgar Allan Poe, “The Rationale of Verse”
I teach economics at the Federal University of Sergipe (UFS) in Brazil.
I was born and grew up in West Germany and obtained my doctorate (along with the post-doctorate degree of Dr. phil. habil. and the venia legendi) in economics from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
In 2007 I founded the independent think tank "The Continental Economics Institute" (www.continentaleconomics.com).
Before coming to Brazil, I gained experience as an international financial market operator and held various academic positions in Europe and the United States, where I was a Fulbright scholar.
My main research areas beyond macroeconomics are international finance, international political economy, monetary economics (central banking) and
Austrian economics with an emphasis on the dynamics of unexpected change and dispersed knowledge, subject areas which throw me sometimes into metaphysical despair.