I am a PhD Candidate in Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the VU Amsterdam and at the Tinbergen Institute. I study the impact of technological change on the economy, in particular on income inequality and employment – as well as implications for policy. My work is advised by Bas Jacobs and Björn Brügemann.

In my Job Market Paper “Optimal Taxation of Robots“, I study how robots and labor income should be taxed optimally in a model of labor market polarization. I show that in general, the optimal tax on robots is non-zero and that its sign is ambiguous. Quantitatively, I find it to be small and positive.

I will be available for interviews at the ASSA meetings. You can reach me at u.thuemmel@tinbergen.nl and download my CV here.

Research Fields

  • Primary: Public Finance
  • Secondary: Macroeconomics, Labor Economics


  • PhD - 2018

    PhD in Economics

    Tinbergen Institute, The Netherlands

  • Mphil 2013

    MPhil in Economics

    Tinbergen Institute, The Netherlands

  • MSc 2011

    MSc in Multidisciplinary Economics

    Utrecht University, The Netherlands

  • BSc 2009

    BSc in Economics (with Minor in Sociology)

    University of Mannheim, Germany