Viktor Steiner is Professor of Economics at the Free University of Berlin. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Linz, Austria, and his Habilitation in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Frankfurt/Main. From 2002 to 2010 he was Director of the Public Economics Department at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Previously he was Professor of Economics at the Center for Economic Studies (CES) at the University of Munich and Research Director at the ifo Institute for Economic Research, and before that Head of Department "Labour Economics and Social Policy" at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, Germany. He has also worked as Consultant for the European Commission, OECD, and the World Bank. His research interests are in the field of empirical public economics. He has published articles in journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Applied Economics, Empirical Economics, Finanzarchiv, and German Economic Review.