Michèle Tertilt’s research concentrates on macroeconomics with a special focus on development and intrafamily interactions. She has also worked on consumer credit and bankruptcies.
Prior to joining the University of Mannheim, Tertilt was an assistant professor at Stanford University. Additionally, she spent a year at the University of Pennsylvania and one year as a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.
She is currently a managing editor at the Review of Economic Studies and an associate editor of the Journal of Development Economics. She is a research affiliate at the European Development Research Network (EUDN) and a research fellow at CEPR.
In September 2013, Tertilt 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. Recently, Tertilt received a five-year ERC Starting Grant. She also has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER grant (2008–11), a Sloan Research Fellowship (2009–11), and an NSF grant (2005–08).
Tertilt studied economics at Bielefeld University and obtained her PhD from the University of Minnesota.