Katja Maria Kaufmann is assistant professor at the Department of Economics at Mannheim University. Her research interests are at the intersection of development and labor economics, family economics, economics of education, and the study of inequality and intergenerational mobility.
She received her B.A. and M.A. (Diplom) in Economics from Cologne University (Germany) as well as a Ph.D. and M.A. degree in Economics from Stanford University (USA).
Katja is a PI on the Collaborative Research Center Mannheim-Bonn (CRC TRR 224) on a project on financial decision-making over the life-cycle (Co-PI is Hans-Martin von Gaudecker and their individual project is funded by the DFG with over 500,000 Euro). In 2014, she received a grant from the Elite-program of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Foundation on a project on the long-run effects of elite higher education on the individual and society (sole PI, funded with 90,000 Euro). In 2010 Katja was awarded the CESifo Distinguished Affiliate Award in the area of economics of education.
Katja has published in journals such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Development Economics, Quantitative Economics and the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.
Katja has affiliations with CESifo, EUDN, IZA, HCEO (Human Capital and Economic Opportunity at Chicago University) and the Verein für Socialpolitik. Apart from her doctoral studies at Stanford (USA) and her assistant professorship at Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) before coming to Mannheim, she had several prolonged research stays at CESifo (as visiting assistant professor and instructor of a course on program evaluation methods), Harvard Kennedy School, IZA, Munich University, NBER, Princeton, Stanford (as visiting assistant professor and instructor of a second-year Ph.D. course) and Yale and has been invited for national (Berlin, CESifo, Heidelberg, IZA, Konstanz, Munich, Potsdam etc) and international talks (e.g. at LSE, UCL, PSE, EUI, Harvard Kennedy School, Yale, Stanford, Michigan, Dartmouth, Austin, USC) and conferences (e.g. AEA, CEPR, CESifo, IZA, SOLE, NBER).