Prof. Dr. Julia Püschel

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John F. Kennedy Institute

Economics Department

Assistant Professor

Lansstrasse 7-9
Room 206
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 838 4 62941

Office hours

Prof. Püschel is on sabbatical during the winter semester 2016/2017. 


Introduction to Inequality in American Economic History. Summer term 2016

Democracy in Crisis, with Christian Lammert and Robert Entmann. Summer term 2016

Introduction to Economic Reasoning. Winter term 2015/16

Literature and Economics in the Gilded Ages. With James Dorson. Summer term 2015

International Trade Theory and Policy. Winter term 2014/15, 2015/16

Introduction to American Economic History. Summer term 2014, 2015

International Economic Policy - A North American Perspective. Winter term 2013/14

Regional Studies. Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HWT) Berlin. Winter term 2013/14, 2014/15

B.A. and M.A. Theses

I supervise BA and MA theses within the areas of International Economics and Labor Economics. The regional focus lies on the USA, Canada, and China. If you are interested, please send an email to, in which you briefly state your area of interest and - if applicable - your research question. You are welcome to propose your own topic.

Depending on capacity, there might be a selection of supervised candidates. I will invite you for a discussion in which we will decide upon the further proceeding.

Please make sure to consider the formal FU Berlin requirements "Hinweise für das Verfassen von Seminar-, Bachelor-, Master- und Diplomarbeiten auf dem Gebiet der Volkswirtschaftslehre".

Theses under Supervision

M.A. Theses (completed)

Timm Hocke: The Reoccurring Iron Curtain – An Export Market Share Analysis

Mateusz Sander: The Importance of the Occupational Task Content in Wage Effects of U.S. Service Offshoring – An Empirical Analysis

Gina Glock: Job Polarization in the US and Germany: Technology-Based, but Human Capital Driven?

Edina Romsics: Economic Development through Offshore Outsourcing and its Consequences for the US Employment Market

B.A. Theses (completed)

Tim Teske: Sonderwirtschaftszonen als Urheber des Wachstums am Beispiel der Sonderwirtschaftszonen in China

Annika Denninger: Trade Policies and Their Impact on Development - An Ambiguous Relationship? A Case Study of the Chinese Automotive Industry

Gloria Paula Galindo: FDI vs. Cross-Border Trade in Financial Services: A Complementary or Substitutive Relationship?

Malte Borghorst: Regional Divergence and Cohesion Policy: An Analysis of the Economic Forces Challenging the European Union 

Semira Afewerki: A Question of Color? – The Impact of U.S. Employment Polarization on the Economic Situation of Highly Educated African-American Women

Elias Wolf: A Game Theoretical Analysis of Bilateral Investment Treaties and their Impact on Foreign Direct Investment

Julia is an applied microeconomist and her research focuses on the relationship between international trade and labor markets. In her dissertation she has empirically analyzed one branch of an emergent trade literature, i.e. the literature on trade in tasks, for the case of the United States. This work provides new evidence to deepen the understanding of the determinants and wage effects of U.S. service offshoring.
In her recent project, she focuses on the determinants of "job polarization" in the United States. Since the 1990s the share of “middle class” jobs is shrinking in the United States. By accounting for channels that have only recently been explored theoretically in labor economics and in international trade and that are based on more nuanced concepts of labor than traditional approaches, several new questions will be analyzed: How to disentangle the labor market effects of technological change and international trade? How do occupational tasks and workers’ educational attainments interact in shaping the distributional effects of technological change and offshoring? Can skill dispersion be a source of comparative advantage? Beyond a detailed analysis of the distributional consequences of globalization and technological change, this work will thereby shift the attention from the educational attainment rate to the way in which the education system is organized and to the determinants of cross-country differences in skill distributions.


Püschel, J. (2016). Arbeitsmarktpolitik und Außenhandel in den USA. In C. Lammert, M. Siewert and B. Vormann (Eds.). Handbuch Politik in den USA. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Püschel, J. (2014). Measuring Task Content and Offshorability. Applied Economics Letters 22(5).
Püschel, J. (2013). Wage Effects of U.S. Service Offshoring by Skills and Tasks. FIW Working Paper No. 107, Research Center International Economics, Austria.
Püschel, J. (2012). Task Dependence of U.S. Service Offshoring Patterns. Discussion Paper Economics, School of Business and Economics, Free University, Berlin, Germany (2012/15). 
Püschel, J., & Vormann, B. (2012). Grey Zones of the Market – Public Services, Education Policies and Neoliberal Reform in the United Kingdom. In M.-C. Lall (Ed.), Policy, Discourse and Rhetoric. How New Labour Challenged Social Justice and Democracy (15-40). Amsterdam: Sense Publishers.

In the Media

In Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (May 23, 2014)
In JFK Institute: 50 Years on American Studies (June 26, 2013)