About me

About Me


My name is Claudius Gräbner and I am interested in the functioning of globalization and technological change, and how they affect socio-economic development.


My general motivation to work as an economist still comes from the time when I was working as a streetworker in Chiapas, Mexico, after completing my A-levels. Since then I want to understand better how the living standards of people all over the world can be improved in a sustainable way. This is of course a broad, idealist and intricate goal. But it keeps me motivated.

The applied topics that interest me align poorly with disciplinary boundaries, and many relevant lessons can only be learned in practice. Thus, I am convinced that new insights come from academics and practitioneers, and people with various disciplinary backgrounds, working collectively and cooperatively together. I try to practice this conviction in my work as best as I can.


Aside from these applied topics I am also interested in the philosophy of economics. Thinking and writing about about questions such as "How do I actually derive insights from a mathematical model?" or "How do I compare a model composed of formulas with an economy composed of human beings?" helps me to put my results and work into context, and to remain open to debate with those who think very differently. Correspondingly, I am also interested in the ongoing debate about pluralism in economics, and I sometimes think and write about the conditions under which pluralism is - in my view - desirable, and what the associated challenges are.


If you are also interested in such questions you might want to have a look at my research, or contact me to articulare questions, recommendations or critique.

Awards & Recognition

2018

Herbert Simon Best Paper Award

by the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (1000 EUR)


2018

PROMOS Grant

by the German Academic Exchange Service


2016

Segnitz Award for the best dissertation in economics

by the Segnitz Foundation and the University of Bremen (5000 EUR)


2016

Young Scholar Award for Pluralist Economics Research

by the University of Witten-Herdecke (1500 EUR)


2016

PROMOS Grant

by the German Academic Exchange Service


2014 - 2016

Ph.D. Scholarship

by the German National Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung)


2014 - 2016

Student Scholarship

by the German National Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung)

Academic positions

Since March 2019

Research associate

Institute for Socio-Economics | University of Duisburg-Essen

Since November 2017

Affiliated researcher

ZOE. Institure for future-fit economies

Since April 2017

Research associate

Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy (ICAE) | Johannes Kepler University Linz

April 2013 - November 2016

Research assistant

Institute for Institutional and Innovation

Economics | University of Bremen

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