I am a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Group on Economics of Institutions led by Florian Scheuer at the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich.

I study the impact of technological change on the economy and implications for policy. I am particularly interested in how technologies such as automation and artificial intelligence affect the labor market and the distribution of income – and what this implies for the optimal design of redistributive policies.


Department of Economics
University of Zurich
Schönberggasse 1, Room SOF G11
CH-8001 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 634 22 88‬
Email: uwe [dot] thuemmel [at] uzh [dot] ch

Research Fields

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


  • Technological change and its impact on labor markets
  • Policy responses to technological change


  • PhD 2019

    PhD in Economics

    Erasmus University Rotterdam, Tinbergen Institute

  • MPhil 2013

    MPhil in Economics

    University of Amsterdam, Tinbergen Institute

  • MSc 2011

    MSc in Multidisciplinary Economics

    Utrecht University

  • BSc 2009

    BSc in Economics

    University of Mannheim


  • Taxing Robots

    Should we tax robots?

    Public concern about the distributional consequences of automation is growing. It is feared that the “rise of the robots” is going to disrupt the labor market and will lead to extreme income inequality. These concerns have raised the question how redistributive policy should respond to automation. Some policy makers and opinion leaders have suggested a “tax on robots”. Is this a good idea? This project tries to answer that question. Read more in the Research section.

  • Mapping AI

    Where is AI talent located?

    In order to understand the differential geographical impact of artificial intelligence, this project takes a new approach: it maps the location of people involved in artificial intelligence by combining data from various sources. Read more here.