Daniel Kaufmann

Professor of applied macroeconomics


Daniel Kaufmann holds the Chair of Applied Macroeconomics at the University of Neuchâtel, and is director of the MSc in Applied Economics, as well as Research Fellow at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich. Moreover, he is co-editor of the Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics and regularly writes studies on policy-relevant macroeconomic questions, for example, for the State Secretariate for Economic Affairs (SECO). 

Daniel’s research focuses on inflation, output, interest rate, and exchange rate dynamics over long historical episodes. He is also interested in the role of monetary policy and nominal rigidities. His recent work provides econometric tools and novel data to analyze Swiss business cycle fluctuations since the 19th century. 

In the past, Daniel also held part-time teaching positions at the University of Bern, the Graduate Institute Geneva, and the Study Center Gerzensee. Before turning to academia, he worked as Senior Economist at the Swiss National Bank. He holds a PhD from the University of Bern.


  • Macroeconomics
  • Monetary economics
  • Monetary history
  • Macroeconomic forecasting


  • Applied Macroeconometrics 
  • International Finance and Macroeconomics 
  • International Finance
  • Macroéconomie intermédiaire

Selected publications

Overnight rate and signalling effects of central bank bills, 2022, European Economic Review, 143, (joint with Fabio Canetg).

Do sticky wages matter? New evidence from matched firm-survey and register data, 2022, Economica, 89(355), 689-712,  (joint with Anne Kathrin Funk).

Is deflation costly after all? The perils of erroneous historical classifications, Journal of Applied Econometrics, 35(5), 614-628, 2020.