Katja Maria Kaufmann is Assistant Professor at Bocconi University in Milan. Her research interests are in the areas of labor, education and development economics. She has studied determinants of educational decisions, such as analyzing the importance of expected returns to schooling, of ability and parental background and of credit constraints. In particular she is interested in the role of people's (subjective) expectations about labor market returns (and perceptions of unemployment and earnings risk), and the role of marriage market returns and how these determinants differ for boys and girls. Katja is also interested in the intra-household decision-making process with respect to educational decisions (role of children versus parents).
Kaufmann received a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from University of Cologne in 1999 and 2002 respectively, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 2005 and 2008 respectively.