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Henrike Steimer

Meet Henrike Steimer– Postdoctoral Researcher in Economics affiliated with LMU Munich and MSc in Economics alum.

Describe your role and what it is that you do overall and on a day-to-day basis.

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in Economics affiliated with LMU Munich as well as the Digital Business Initiative and Golub Capital Social Impact Lab at Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

As a researcher, I am interested in the economics of technology.  

I study how digital technology and social science research can be used to improve the effectiveness of leading social sector organizations - to design targeted public policy, to explore the best ways to raise funds for those who need them most or to directly support people in their everyday life.  

In addition, I work on understanding how digital technologies and the remaining geographic frictions between remote teams affect firm organization.

What interested you about the field/company/role you are currently in?

I am passionate about leveraging data science tools to inform high-impact decision-making combining economic intuition with machine learning and econometric methods.

Why did you choose to study your subject area at SSE?

I am very curious about economics which was also my major during my undergraduate degree. SSE provides a great opportunity to dive deep into economics while at the same time keeping a close connection to business studies and corporate relationships.

How did your time/education at SSE help guide you to the career journey you have embarked on?

Economics provides a great foundation for the multi-disciplinary world of data science building powerful economic and business intuition while promoting great quantitative skills. 

I also enjoyed the international environment and even benefited from the exchange program leading me to HEC Paris.

What path did you take from graduation to where you are now? (A few brief bullet points, would be great)?

  • Summer 2014: Summer Data Analyst at Private Equity Fund 
  • 2014-2018: PhD in Economics at LMU Munich 
  • 2018-2020: Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Since 2018: Affiliated with Digital Business Initiative and Golub Capital Social Impact Lab at Stanford Graduate School of Business 
  • Since May 2020: Postdoctoral Scholar at LMU Munich 

Following your time studying and living in Stockholm, do you have any words of wisdom or advice you would like to share with our current students?

Take advantage of the great network and close ties of the school to the technology companies and the overall start-up ecosystem in the city!