Prof. Dr. Fabian Kindermann

Former Hausforff Postdoc
Subsequent position: Junior Professor, Bonn University

E-mail: fabian.kindermann(at)
Room: 4.021
Location: Institute for Economics
Institute: Department of Economics
Research Area: Research Area H

Academic Career

2006 - 2007

Academic Visit, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain


Diploma in Economathematics, University of Würzburg


Dr. rer. pol. (Economics), University of Würzburg

2012 - 2013

Postdoc Visiting Scholar, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

2013 - 2014

Assistant Professor, University of Würzburg

2014 - 2015

Postdoc, Macroeconomics, and HCM, University of Bonn

Since 2008

Junior Research Fellow, Netspar, Tilburg University, Netherlands

Since 2013

Member, Markets Network, HCEO Working Group, University of Chicago, IL, USA

Since 2015

Junior Professor of Macroeconomics and Public Finance, University of Bonn

Since 2016

Member, Finanzwissenschaftlicher Ausschuss, Verein für Socialpolitik (German Economic Association)

Since 2017

Member, Bevölkerungsökonomischer Ausschuss, Verein für Socialpolitik (German Economic Association)

Research Profile

Fabian Kindermann’s research interests are in macroeconomics and public economics. He studies questions of optimal public policy using large-scale numerical simulation models of individual economic behavior and the macroeconomy. A large part of his research has been concerned with the question of how efficient social security systems should look like. Kin-dermann has studied the optimal size of old-age pension systems, whether pensions systems should be privately or publicly organized and whether they should contain some redistributive components. He has also worked on the optimal design of education financing systems, where he has analyzed the economic costs associated with privatizing public education systems and the benefits of income contingent financing schemes for educational loans.

Kindermann’s future research is concerned with inequality both across and within households. He want to analyze the determinants of an optimal income tax system in very unequal socie-ties. To this end he will study how well households can self-insure against fluctuations in in-come over the life cycle and to which degree the government should provide such insurance. Next to inequality in income, Kindermann also has an interest in studying the distribution of wealth. Specifically, he wants to investigate the sources of differences in wealth inequality between Euro area countries. Another part of his research will focus on inequality within the family. In particular, he wants to evaluate how differences between partners in their prefer-ences for children influence the fertility outcome of a partnership, what drives these differ-ences in the desire to have children for different partners and to which degree optimal pro-fertility policy should explicitly target certain types of partners or couples.

Selected Publications

[1] Hans Fehr, Manuel Kallweit, Fabian Kindermann
Should pensions be progressive?
European Economic Review , 63: : 94--116
[2] Hans Fehr, Christian Habermann, Fabian Kindermann
Social security with rational and hyperbolic consumers
Review of Economic Dynamics , 11: (4): 884--903
[3] Hans Fehr, Fabian Kindermann
Taxing capital along the transition---not a bad idea after all?
J. Econom. Dynam. Control , 51: : 64--77
DOI: 10.1016/j.jedc.2014.09.024
[4] Hans Fehr, Manuel Kallweit, Fabian Kindermann
Household Formation, Female Labor Supply, and Savings
The Scandinavian Journal of Economics , 118: (4): 868--911
DOI: 10.1111/sjoe.12154
[5] Christian Habermann, Fabian Kindermann
Multidimensional Spline Interpolation: Theory and Applications
Computational Economics , 30: (2): 153--169
DOI: 10.1007/s10614-007-9092-4
[6] Fabian Kindermann
Earnings related pension schemes and human capital formation
Journal of Pension Economics and Finance , 14: (1): 19--54
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
DOI: 10.1017/S1474747214000018
[7] Fabian Kindermann
Welfare Effects of Privatizing Public Education When Human Capital Investments Are Risky
Journal of Human Capital , 6: (2): 87--123
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
[8] Hans Fehr, Manuel Kallweit, Fabian Kindermann
Reforming Family Taxation in Germany Labor Supply versus Insurance Effects
FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis , 71: (1): 53-81
DOI: doi:10.1628/001522115X14206439673170
[9] Hans Fehr, Fabian Kindermann
Pension Funding and Individual Accounts in Economies with Life-cyclers and Myopes
CESifo Economic Studies , 56: (3): 404--443
DOI: 10.1093/cesifo/ifq005
[10] Dina Dreisbach, Fabian Kindermann
A note on Chui, Gai and Haldane's "Sovereign liquidity crisis: Analytics and implications for public policy"
Journal of Banking and Finance , 32: (4): 624--629

Publication List


• Public Finance Review (Associate Editor, since 2017)


2012 - 2013

“Growth, Fertility and the Distribution of Income”, 1-year Visiting Scholar research grant at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, by the German Research Foundation (DFG, KI 1757/1-1)


Best Dissertation Award, Cultural Award of the Bayernwerk AG and the Bavarian Ministry of Education, Science and Art

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