Michèle Tertilt is a Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim. She is a Director of the Review of Economic Studies and a Research Professor at the Deutsche Bundesbank. She is a fellow of the Econometrics Society, CEPR, BREAD, EUDN, CESifo and IZA. Prior to joining the University of Mannheim, Michèle Tertilt was a faculty member at Stanford University. She also spent a year at the University of Pennsylvania and a year as a Hoover National Fellow. She holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree (Diplom-Volkswirt) from Bielefeld University.
Her research concentrates on macroeconomics with a special focus on development and intra-family interactions. In her work she has connected polygyny with poverty in Africa, explored the evolution of women's rights, and analyzed policies to curb HIV. She has studied consumer credit and bankruptcies. Her recent work on the effect of Covid19 on gender equality has received much attention in the media. Her research has been financed through multiple prestigious research awards, including a Gottfried-Wilhelm Leibniz Award (2019), an ERC grant (2013-2018), a Sloan Research Fellowship (2009-2011) and multiple NSF grants. She has also won the Yrjö Jahnsson Award (2017) and the Gossenpreis (2013) for her work.