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Meet the lecturers

Networks in Micro- and Macroeconomics

Andrei Levchenko is the John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics at the University of Michigan, Editor-in-Chief of IMF Economic Review, and the Director of the International Trade and Macroeconomics program of the Central Bank Research Association. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and a member of the editorial boards of the Economic Journal, Journal of International Economics and Journal of Comparative Economics. Previously, he was an Economist at the International Monetary Fund, and has held visiting positions at the Universities of Chicago, Lausanne, and Zurich. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2004. Prof. Levchenko’s current research focuses on the propagation of macroeconomic shocks in economic networks. His research has been funded by several agencies including the US National Science Foundation and the UK Department for International Development, and has appeared in a variety of journals including American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Review of Economic Studies.

Michael D. König is associate professor at the Department of Spatial Economics at VU Amsterdam. He is also a research fellow at the Tinbergen Institute, the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF). Prior to joining the VU Amsterdam he was a senior research associate at the University of Zurich, a visiting scholar at Bocconi University, the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and the Department of Economics at Stanford University. His research focuses on the economics of innovation and technical change, and how these affect and are being affect by networked relationships between various economic actors, ranging from individuals, firms, sectors to countries. His research combines both, theoretical as well as empirical methods, and he uses these methods to evaluate real world policy instruments.