Franziska Disslbacher

Franziska Disslbacher

Assistant Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business


I am Assistant Professor at the Research Institute Economics of Inequality and the Department Socioeconomics at WU, Vienna University of Economics and Business. I am also Visiting Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics, and associated with the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality at the CUNY Graduate Center. I am also contributing to the GC Wealth Project.

Currently, I also act as expert advisor for the Good Council for Redistribution (Guter Rat für Rückverteilung), and I am Principal Investigator of the WWTF-funded Project MOBILITY-PATH: Multidimensional Intergenerational Mobility and Pathways to Upward Mobility.

Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher with the Inequality in Rome Research Group based at Roma Tre University. In the fall 2023 term, I was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the City University of New York (CUNY), and I have held visiting position at UC Berkeley and LISER.

My research aims at fostering our understanding of how social, economic and political institutions and mechanisms link inequalities in opportunities to inequalities in outcomes. Within this framework, I focus on the distribution of wealth, intergenerational mobility and the geography of inequality.

Most of my work has a strong policy focus, and I actively disseminate my research findings to diverse audiences. I regularly contribute to the public debate and write for blogs and the print press.

I have gained extensive teaching experience at WU Vienna. I am teaching mainly Economics of Distribution, Economic Policy, and Public Economics/Public Policy.

On this page, you find information about my publications, working papers and ongoing research projects, and a selection of public writing, policy papers and media appearances.

Do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or want to discuss my work or yours!

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  • Public Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Economic Geography
  • Wealth and Income Distribution
  • Social Mobility