Michèle Tertilt is a Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim. She is currently an editorial board member of the Review of Economic Studies. Furthermore, she is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Development Economics. She is also a Research Affiliate at BREAD and the European Development Research Network (EUDN) and a Research Fellow at CEPR and CESifo. In September 2013 she was awarded the Gossenpreis - an annual award by the Verein für Socialpolitik which recognizes the best published economist under 45 working in the German speaking area. She is the first woman to win this prestigious prize. In 2017, she was elected as a Fellow of the Econometrics Society and awarded the Yrjö Jahnsson Award - a biennial award by the European Economic Association and the Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation, given to a European economist no older than 45 years old who has made a contribution in theoretical and applied research that is significant to economics in Europe.
Her research concentrates on macroeconomics with a special focus on development and intra-family interactions. She has also worked on consumer credit and bankruptcies. Recently, Michèle Tertilt received a five-year ERC Starting Grant. Her previous research was financed through an NSF CAREER grant (2008-2011), a Sloan Research Fellowship (2009-2011) and an NSF grant (2005-2008).
Prior to joining the University of Mannheim, Michèle Tertilt was an Assistant Professor at Stanford University. She also spent a year at the University of Pennsylvania and one year as a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. She studied economics at Bielefeld University and obtained her PhD from the University of Minnesota.