Marcel Smolka

Staff portrait: Marcel Smolka

Marcel Smolka is assistant professor at the Department and is affiliated with The Tuborg Research Centre for Globalisation and Firms.

What is your background?
I received a PhD in Economics from the University of Tübingen (Germany) in 2014. During my doctoral studies I visited the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) and the Department of Economics at University College London for seven months in 2013/2014.

What are your main areas of research?
International economics, especially international trade and migration. I have a series of papers that analyze the relationship between the productivity of a firm and its sourcing behavior in the global economy. I have also been investigating the fascinating migration boom Spain experienced before it was hit by the global financial crisis in 2008/09.

What research projects are you planning to initiate?
I am planning on extending my research on financial constraints and the global financial crisis and their impacts on international trade and factor flows.

What will you be involved in teaching-wise at the department?
I taught Applied Economic Consulting (Master's) last spring. Next spring, I will teach Microeconomics (Bachelor's).

What was your first impression of the department and your new colleagues?
I received a very warm welcome by all my new colleagues. The department appears to be an ambitious and fine place for doing research in economics. I'm very happy to be here.

What do you do when you are not at work?
I enjoy music very much (especially independent and rock music). I like going out and being with friends and family, going to concerts and movie theatres, and generally having cultural experiences. I also love sports (doing and watching) as well as some travelling (both near and far).

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