My name is Vadim. I finished my M. Sc. studies in Economics in 2013 and obtained a Ph.D. in Economics (Dr. oec.) in 2017 at the university of Hohenheim. Currently I am a Postdoctoral research associate at the chair of Economic Growth and Inequality at the university of Hohenheim. Together with my coauthors I am actively working on many research questions, including the following ...
What are the reasons and consequences of inequality? Political economy of inequality is a fascinating topic: Throughout history one can recognise a pattern of inefficient institutions amplifying inequalities. These inequalities later manifest themselves in income and health disparities, which are easy to measure, but hard to overcome. For example: Arsenault Morin, Geloso and Kufenko (2017); Hagemann and Kufenko (2016).
Institutions and political economy of rent-seeking: the good, the bad and the ugly institutions. Analysing examples from economic history and the recent past, it is important to highlight the far-reaching implications of rent-seeking. For example: Ivanovic, Kufenko, Begovic, Stanisic and Geloso (2018).
Modeling and measuring convergence and divergence across countries: are we doing it right? Testing the robustness of the history augmented Solow model, confroting it with data and analysing the implications of measuring income per capita, per household and per adult equivalent. For example: Kufenko, Prettner and Geloso (2017) and Kufenko, Geloso and Prettner (2018).
Which estimation methods and under which conditions perform best /worst? There are thousands of empirical papers using various estimation tools and similar datasets, yet obtaining completely different results. This question can be approached by model-based Monte-Carlo simulations, which allow for a broad range of scenarios: why not creating obstacle racing for the estimators and see which one wins? For example: Kufenko and Prettner (2017) and Kufenko (2019).
Business cycles and cycles in economic literature: how do economists react to crises? A fascinating topic on the long-memory effects in economic literature. For example: Kufenko and Geiger (2016).
My other interests lie in the spheres of economic history, spectral and frequency analysis and time series, demography and health economics, economic growth and political science.