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Konstantin Poensgen

Graduate Student Affiliate


Konstantin Poensgen

Konstantin Poensgen is a Ph.D. student in economics at Harvard University. His research interests are in public economics with applications in high- and low-income countries. A central theme of his work is how market features interact with the collection of public revenues, the functioning of social insurance schemes, and the provision of public goods and services. Specifically, one line of his research focuses on the design of health insurance markets by studying recent reforms in the German health insurance system.

Before his doctoral studies, Poensgen worked as a Junior Economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2018-20) and as a Predoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Zurich (2021-23). He holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Mannheim and a M.Sc. in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics.


  • Ph.D. Student in Economics, Harvard University
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University