Désirée I. Christofzik

I’m a Professor of Public Finance at the Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences in Brühl (Germany). Prior to my appointment, I served as Deputy Secretary General and economist in the scientific staff of the German Council of Economic Experts. I was member of the Working Group on Tax Revenue Forecasting (Arbeitskreis Steuerschätzungen) as well as the Working Group on Public Finance (Arbeitskreis Finanzwissenschaft) at the German Federal Ministry of Finance.

My research focuses on local public finance, public sector accounting as well as tax and fiscal policy.

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Interests

  • (Local) public finance
  • Public sector accounting
  • Tax & fiscal policy
  • Tax revenue forecasting
  • Fiscal forecasting

Publications

In refereed journals and recent working papers


(2020). Macroeconomic effects of the anticipation and implementation of tax changes in Germany: Evidence from a narrative account. Ruhr Economic Papers No. 852.

Working Paper

(2019). Does accrual accounting alter fiscal policy decisions? - Evidence from Germany. European Journal of Political Economy 60, 101805.

Published Version Working Paper

(2019). Fiscal Policy Adjustments to Budget Shocks: Evidence from German Municipalities. German Council of Economic Experts Working Paper 10/2019.

Working Paper

(2018). Uniting European fiscal rules: How to strenghten the fiscal framework. German Council of Economic Experts Working Paper 04/2018.

Working Paper

(2018). A mechanism to regulate sovereign debt restructuring in the euro area. International Finance 22(1), 20-34.

Published Version Working Paper

(2018). Does fiscal oversight matter?. Journal of Urban Economics, 105, 70-87.

Published Version Working Paper

Talks

Recent & upcoming talks

Selected conference presentations

  • 09.2020: Verein für Socialpolitik Annual Meeting, Cologne (online)
  • 08.2020: Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF), Reykjavik (online)
  • 09.2019: Verein für Socialpolitik Annual Meeting, Leipzig
  • 08.2019: Annual Congress of the European Economic Association, Manchester
  • 08.2019: Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF), Glasgow
  • 05.2019: ZEW Public Finance Conference, Mannheim
  • 04.2019: Meeting of the European Public Choice Society, Jerusalem
  • 09.2018: Verein für Socialpolitik Annual Meeting, Freiburg
  • 11.2017: Finanzethik-Kongress, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
  • 09.2017: Workshop “Jahrbuch für öffentliche Finanzen”, Leipzig
  • 07.2017: Meeting of the Association for Public Economic Theory, Paris
  • 02.2017: Methodensitzung des Arbeitskreises Steuerschätzungen, Berlin
  • 12.2016: Walter Eucken Institut, Freiburg
  • 12.2016: BMF-Workshop “Migration and Fiscal Policy”, Berlin
  • 09.2014: Workshop Regionalökonomie, ifo Institut, Niederlassung Dresden, Dresden
  • 09.2014: Verein für Socialpolitik Annual Meeting, Hamburg
  • 07.2014: Meeting of the Association for Public Economic Theory, Seattle
  • 06.2014: Journées Louis-André Gérard-Varet, Aix-en-Provence
  • 04.2014: Workshop on Federalism and Regional Policy, Siegen
  • 08.2013: Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF), Taormina
  • 09.2012: Verein für Socialpolitik Annual Meeting, Göttingen

Invited discussions

  • 10.2019: 2nd Fiscal Policy Seminar, Federal Ministry of Finance, Berlin
  • 06.2019: Workshop “Öffentliche Investitionen in Deutschland”, DIW/Federal Ministry of Finance, Berlin
  • 12.2018: 1st Fiscal Policy Seminar, Federal Ministry of Finance, Berlin
  • 04.2018: Regional Economics and Local Political Economy, University of Siegen

Teaching

Current teaching

Public Finance
For students of the departments of General Internal Administration, the Federal Police, the Intelligence Services, the Federal Criminal Police, and Germany’s National Meteorological Service

Public Sector Accounting
For students of the department of General Internal Administration

For all students, information on current courses is available via the platform ILIAS.

Experience

Academic and professional positions

 
 
 
 
 

Professor of Public Finance

Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences

Nov 2019 – Present Brühl, Germany
 
 
 
 
 

Deputy Secretary General

German Council of Economic Experts

Apr 2019 – Oct 2019 Wiesbaden, Germany
 
 
 
 
 

Visiting Fellow

Bruegel

May 2018 – Jun 2018 Brussels, Belgium
 
 
 
 
 

Economist

German Council of Economic Experts

May 2015 – Mar 2019 Wiesbaden, Germany
 
 
 
 
 

Research Assistant

Chair of Public Economics, University of Siegen

Jun 2013 – Apr 2015 Siegen, Germany
 
 
 
 
 

PhD Visitor

Department of Economics, University of Exeter

Feb 2013 – Jun 2013 Exeter, UK

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