Christoph Paetz is currently doing his PhD in a doctoral programme at the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK) in the Hans-Boeckler Foundation and the University of Duisburg-Essen on the effects of fiscal rules. Before that, he studied from 2009 to 2014 at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, first Economics (B.A.) and afterwards International Economics (M.A.). During his studies he spent one semester at the CSU Fresno Craig School of Business, US, and completed internships at the Economics Department of the German Embassy in London and the Fiscal Policy Departments of the Federation of German Trade Unions (DGB Bundeszentrale) as well as the IMK. Furthermore, he worked as a student assistant from 2013 to 2014 at the Institute for International Political Economy (IPE) in Berlin. His research interests are tax and fiscal policies, fiscal rules and macroeconomic performance.