Dr. Heiner Mikosch

Dr. Heiner Mikosch

Business School Professor

Nationality: Swiss, German

Professional Career & Mini Bio

Dr. Heiner Mikosch (https://sites.google.com/view/heinermikosch) is a senior researcher at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from ETH Zurich and Master’s degrees in economics and in philosophy from the University of Munich, Germany. Dr. Mikosch teaches and supervises Master’s and Ph.D. theses at ETH Zurich and has been a visiting lecturer at Fudan University, Shanghai. Dr. Mikosch also served as a member of the biannual Joint Economic Analysis on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs; co-coordinator of the Global Outlook Group (2012 – 2022).

Dr. Mikosch’s research is strongly quantitative and empirical. He has published in the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, among others, and regularly presents his research at top international conferences. Heiner has a track record of successfully working together with Ph.D. scholars in joint research projects.

Dr. Mikosch combines academic research with applied and policy-oriented work. For instance, during the COVID-19 crisis, he developed high-frequency indicators for the mobility and consumption activity of the Swiss population, as well as a monthly monitoring of business bankruptcies. This work was widely reported in the press. Furthermore, Dr. Mikosch is a co-founder of the Nowcasting Lab, an automated code-database-website environment for live-out-of-sample GDP nowcasting using big data and state-of-the-art forecasting models: https://nowcastinglab.org. The website provides up-to-date economic forecasts to analysts and practitioners in the financial sector and government institutions.

Favorite Research Topics:
  • Economic forecasting
  • Time series analysis
  • Surveys
  • Macroeconomics
Research Specialty:
  • Macroeconomic now- and forecasting using, e.g., business tendency survey data, financial, and other high-frequency data
  • Surveys and randomized survey experiments among business managers and households

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