Prof. Dr. Fabian Kindermann

Former Hausdorff Postdoc
Subsequent position: Junior Professor, Bonn University

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

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 design using large-scale numerical simulation models of individual economic behavior and the macroeconomy. In doing so, Kindermann investigates issues of both inequality across and within households. His research plans include analyzing the determinants of an optimal income tax system in very unequal societies. To this end he wants to study how well households can self-insure against fluctuations in income 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 focuses on inequality within the family. In particular, he wants to evaluate how differences between partners in their preferences for children influence the fertility outcome of a partnership, what drives these differences 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
File: http://
[8] Ben J. Heijdra, Fabian Kindermann, Laurie S.M. Reijnders
Life in shackles? The quantitative implications of reforming the educational financing system
Special Issue on Human Capital and Inequality
Review of Economic Dynamics , 25: (Supplement C): 37 - 57
ISSN: 1094-2025
[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] Hans Fehr, Manuel Kallweit, Fabian Kindermann
Families and social security
European Economic Review , 91: (Supplement C): 30 - 56
ISSN: 0014-2921

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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