Fabian Winkler (APE 2009): Ten years later …

After high school, Fabian did not really know what to study. He was interested in mathematics and developed a strong interest in social issues: after a semester studying law, he realized that this path did not match to his personal professional projects and turned to mathematics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. He remained there from 2004 to 2007. In 2005, captivated by the presentations of the Chief Economist of an asset management company in Munich where he was an intern, he decided to become an economist.

Later, Rida Laraki (CNRS / Dauphine), a decisive encounter, convinced him to undertake an Erasmus year at the Ecole Polytechnique. He discovered that by following the appropriate courses, he could be admitted directly into the second year of the Master APE – Analysis and Policy in Economics, and thus joined PSE in 2008. Happy of his choice, Fabian particularly appreciated the wide range of courses offered and the quality of interactions with teachers and their availability. He was also amazed to   discover the spirit of conviviality to PSE: Each student had found his place without any competition between each of them. What he learned, especially on macroeconomics and behavioral economics fields, accompanied him until today, says Fabian.

During the same period, he completed a research internship at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Then he joined the doctoral program in Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE) to integrate the doctoral program in economics. There, he discovered a more competitive environment and understood the difficulty of conducting original and rigorous research projects. He remembers, however, with pleasure the time spent in the two cities London and Paris … After a couple more internships – competition law at NERA Economic Consulting and research at the Deutsche Bundesbank and the doctoral track at LSE, he received his doctorate in 2015.

Fabian chose to start his economist career in the US. In 2015 he joined the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve (Fed). This was a fantastic place for him: He conducted his own research and worked on major monetary policy issues that feed decision-making of the Council and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). Promoted Senior Economist, he really enjoys his position, surrounded by more than 300 researchers in economics. He could not imagine a better work environment.

Fabian Winkler (APE 2009)