Prof. Dr. Tabea Bucher-Koenen has been head of the ZEW Research Department “International Finance and Financial Management” since January 2019. Bucher-Koenen studied business and intercultural management at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, as well as European integration at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. In 2010, she finished her doctoral thesis on “Financial Literacy, Cognitive Abilities, and Long-Term Decision Making – Five Essays on Individual Behavior”, under the supervision of Professor Axel Börsch-Supan at the University of Mannheim. She was a visiting researcher at Dartmouth College, US, before taking the position as head of the research unit “Health Economics” at the Munich-based Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in 2011, where she later served as head of the unit “Old-Age Provision and Social Policy” from 2014 to 2018.
Bucher-Koenen’s research focuses on household finance, the economics of ageing and demographic change. She is particularly interested in private and public pension systems and the impact of long-term financial decisions. Her most recent publications mainly focus on individual savings behaviour and insurance decisions, as well on the significance of financial literary and information. Tabea Bucher-Koenen published her work in a number of journals, such as “Review of Finance”, “Economic Policy”, the “Journal of Pension Economics and Finance” and the “Journal of Consumer Affairs”.