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I am Associate Professor at the Department of Business and Economics at University of Southern Denmark. My research interests are mainly in economic history and cultural economics, but most of my work touches also on urban economics or labor economics.

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I am Associate Professor at the Department of Business and Economics at University of Southern Denmark. I hold a PhD in Economics from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Economic History from Lund University. My MA and BA have been obtained in Economics and Finance from the University of Zurich.

My research interests are mainly in economic history and cultural economics, where I am (surprisingly) ranked within the top 5%. Most of my work touches also on urban economics (creative clusters) and labor economics (especially migration of creative people). I am interested in the historical incidence, development and long-term importance of cultural heritage and artistic activity in Europe. Among others, I have studied the extent of migration and geographic concentration of classical composers, the impact of geographic clustering on creative production and the cost of such peer-interaction in terms of adverse health effects and the influence of war on conflict-induced migration.

I have published in peer-reviewed international journals such as Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Urban Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, Social Science & Medicine and Journal of Cultural Economics. My studies have been awarded the ACEI Presidents Prize for Best Paper, the First Prize Award at European Science Days and receive good media coverage (e.g., Washington Post, Telegraph, GEO). I was previously awarded the Polish Prime Minister Scholarship and was engaged in a number of entrepreneurial and consulting projects.

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Ranking of Economists

Rankings are a strange passion of many economists (including rather myself). According to the Ideas RePEc Ranking of September 2015, I am among the top 1% young economists (ranked 150 out of over 20'000) whose first publication of any kind appeared fewer than 10 years ago. Considering the entire publication output of the last 10 years, I am globally ranked among top 4% economists. My official comment: "Don't trust rankings!"


Sharing Data on Composer

Please contact me if you are interested in academic collaboration or if you wish to use my data on music composers - happy to share! One database records detailed annual migration patterns for a global sample of 512 prominent composers born between the XVI and the XX centuries. The second database provides background information and a number of word count indicators for around 15'000 composers - all composers listed in the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. A third database provides lifetime well-being indices for Mozart, Beethoven and Liszt, based on the emotional content disclosed in their letters.