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Florian is responsible for the company’s scientific foundation and business operations. He leads the nurturing of research affiliations, partnerships and commercial relationships to enhance synergies between the academic and business world.
Born in Basel, Switzerland, Florian comes with an extensive scientific background of over 13 years on quantitative modelling of various social phenomena with a particular focus on applied econometrics and agent-based modelling. His main research topics include health economics, development economics and behavioural economics.
For four years, he was professor and head of the Simulation Unit (USim) at the National Laboratory of Public Policy (LNPP) in Mexico City and previously visiting professor at the Economics department of the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) over a year in Mexico City.
Before joining CIDE, he worked as research and teaching assistant at the University of Geneva and researcher to the Swiss Leading House in Economics of Education at the Institute of Applied Economics (ILEA) in Geneva. He has also worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in their annual Regional Human Development Report for Latin America.
Florian has published more than 10 research articles and chapters in international journals and edited books, among which:
The effect of cash transfer programs on educational mobility., PLoS ONE 13(10): e0205957, 2018.
How do governments determine policy priorities? Studying development strategies through spillover networks. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Volume 154, pp. 335-361, Together with Gonzalo Castañeda and Omar Guerrero.
On the Role of Agent-based Modeling in the Theory of Development Economics, Review of Development Economics, 21(3), pp. 713-730, 2017.
Estimating Capabilities with Structural Equation Models: How Well are We Doing in a 'Real' World?, Social Indicators Research, 129(2), pp 717-737, 2016. Together with Jaya Krishnakumar.
Measuring Inequality of Opportunity with Latent Variables, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 16(1), pp. 106-121, 2015.
For the full list of publications and research articles refer to Florian's Google Scholar page
Currently, he is an affiliated researcher to the LNPP and also to the Center for Economic Research and Intelligence (CIIE) at Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP).