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Prof. Dr. Julia Püschel

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John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies

Economics Department

Assistant Professor

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


Trade, Technology, and Local Economic Development (MA). Summer Term 2020

Man-Machine: Work 4.0 (MA). With Christian Lammert. Winter Term 2017/18

America First vs. Made in China 2025: The US-China Trade Relationship (MA). Winter Term 2017/18

Introduction to Inequality in American Economic History (BA). Summer Term 2016

Democracy in Crisis (PhD). With Christian Lammert and Robert Entmann. Summer Term 2016

Introduction to Economic Reasoning (BA). Winter Term 2015/16

Literature and Economics in the Gilded Ages (MA). With James Dorson. Summer Term 2015

International Trade Theory and Policy (BA). Winter Term 2014/15, 2015/16

Introduction to American Economic History (BA). Summer Term 2014, 2015

International Economic Policy - A North American Perspective (MA). Winter Term 2013/14

Regional Studies (BA). 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 Labor Economics and International Economics. The regional focus lies on the USA, the European Union, and China. If you are interested, please send an email    to j.pueschel@fu-berlin.de. Briefly state your area of interest and 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)

Lennart Jansen: Is Buying on Amazon like Trading with a Digital Atlantis?

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

Christopher Schick: Die Neue Ökonomische Geografie anhand der Entwicklungen in der Automobilindustrie in der Metropolregion Detroit

Marius Mehland: Economic and Political Prospects of a Free Trade Agreement Between the US and China

Julia is an applied economist and her research focuses on long-term, structural socio-economic trends. She has extensive regional expertise in Europe, the United States, and China. Julia’s dissertation has provided new evidence to deepen the understanding of the determinants and wage effects of U.S. service offshoring. Her work accounts 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. The findings shed doubt on the prediction that the spread of information and communication technologies will automatically lead to an increasingly flat world for the trade flows of services. Traditionally, international trade economists have seen the fortunes of workers as tied to their skill levels. The findings of Julia’s work indicate that these predictions need to be refined and that, next to the workers’ skill levels, the task content of occupations shapes the labor market effects of offshoring.

Julia’s recent projects explore and analyze the ways in which digitalization transforms our societies and what these changes imply on a socio-economic and political level - in Europe, the United States and China. With the beginning of the 21st century, we are witnessing a fundamental change in the way we produce, which will significantly alter our lives, most directly through the way we work. Computers and human beings are increasingly intertwined in ever more complex production processes. Over the last 30 years, computers have substituted for a number of jobs, ranging from manufacturing to the service sector. With the recent proliferation of digital data (‘big data’) and new tools of artificial intelligence (AI), the scope of what computers can do has expanded once again, profoundly reorganizing the economic structure and political arrangements of our society. These complex, overarching issues raise a series of related socio-economic questions that Julia is currently analyzing in several integrative research projects.

Related Research Projects:

TELBAI: Technical, Economic and Legal Analysis of Artificial Intelligence Methods for Re-training Biases enhancing Informational Self-Determination. With Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Maaß (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence), Prof. Pradeep Ravikumar (Carnegie Mellon University), Dr. Christian Djeffal (Alexander-von-Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society), and Dr. Leonel Aguilar Melgar (ETH Zürich). [Submitted Application for Volkswagen Foundation’s Full Grant Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future] 

State-business relations in the Field of Artificial Intelligence and its Implications for Society. A Comparative Study for Europe, the US and China. Coordination: Prof. Genia Kostka (Sinology, Freie Universität Berlin) [Application for Volkswagen Foundation’s Planning Grant Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future] 


Related Workshops and Course Offerings:

10/2019 Digitalisierung und AI – Chancen für den ländlichen Raum? Helmstedtkurs, Workshop in Cooperation with Academia Julia e.V., Helmstedt/Germany [Organizer; Planned]

Digitalization and the Future of Work. Interdisciplinary Workshop at the DGfA Annual Meeting 2017. Hannover June 2017

Man-Machine: Work 4.0. Interdisciplinary MA course. Winter term 2017/18


Püschel, J. (forthcoming). Recursions towards the Local: Will the Smart Economy Compress Regional Disparities? In B. Vormann & C. Lammert (Eds.). Contours of the Illiberal State - Governing Circulation in the Smart Economy. Frankfurt, New York: Campus Verlag, Schriftenreihe Nordamerika.


CV Prof. Dr. Julia Püschel

Püschel, J. (2020). Arbeitsmarktpolitik und Wandel. In C. Lammert, M. Siewert and B. Vormann (Eds.). Handbuch Politik in den USA (2nd Edition). Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Püschel, J. (2019). Recursions towards the Local: Will the Smart Economy Compress Regional Disparities? In B. Vormann & C. Lammert (Eds.). Contours of the Illiberal State - Governing Circulation in the Smart Economy (275-288). Frankfurt, New York: Campus Verlag, Schriftenreihe Nordamerika.

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 den Medien

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)