Welcome to my website. I am an economist based at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER). My current research focuses on economic measurement and macro-economic implications. I am particularly interested in the distributional and spatial dimension of economic phenomena.

I have worked on measurement issues related to real estate economics, the dynamics in house prices, rents and price-to-rent ratios, the CPI, and the distribution of wealth.

Currently, I am interested in measuring (housing) wealth and its distribution, peoples’ knowledge about and perception of their own wealth, differences and potentials of macro-economic indicators based on objective and subjective data, and the improvement of econometric techniques to construct contemporary and historic house price and rent indices.

My CV is available here.

Here are links to my profiles on LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Scholar.



Working Papers

  • Owner Occupied Housing in the CPI and Its Impact On Monetary Policy During Housing Booms and Busts (with Robert J. Hill and Miriam Steurer)
  • Missing the wealthy in the HFCS: Micro problems with macro implications (with Robin Chakraborty)
    • Working Paper: forthcoming as ECB Working Paper [Draft presented at the first WID.world conference]
    • Presentations (partly including further insights from the ongoing project The Missing Wealth in European Wealth Statistics): [“The legacy of Tony Atkinson in inequality analysis”, LIS, Luxembourg, May 2018] [OeNB, March 2018] [Vienna University of Economics and Business, March 2018] [WID.world conference, Paris School of Economics, December 2017] [ECB HFCN User workshop, Frankfurt, November 2017] [U Graz, September 2017] [Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt, August 2017] [5th Luxembourg Workshop on Household Finance and Consumption, Banque Centrale du Luxembourg, June 2017] [Expert Group on Linking Macro and Micro Statistics for the Household Sector, ECB, Frankfurt, June 2017]

Current Projects

  • Global Comparisons of Housing Boom-Bust-Cycles Using Micro Data on Prices and Rents (with Robert J. Hill, Ronan Lyons, Daniel P. McMillen, and Chihiro Shimizu)
  • Historic Rental Prices in St. Petersburg (1880-1917): Revolutions, World War I and Rent Control (with Konstantin Kholodilin and Leonid E. Limonov)
  • Are People Aware of their Wealth? Reliability of and Consequences from Using Self-Assessed House Prices and Hypothetical Rents Based on Joint Evidence from Survey and Experimental Data (with Francesco Fallucchi and Michael Ziegelmeyer)
  • The Missing Wealth in European Wealth Statistics


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Award of Excellence – Staatspreis für die besten Dissertationen
Doctoral Session at the 2017 AREUEA-ASSA Conference in Chicago

Selected Blog Posts

In the press


sofie.waltl@gmail.com or sofie.waltl@liser.lu

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