Maximilian Linek is a Doctoral Student at the Hertie School of Governance. His research interest is in applied microeconomics with a focus on informal networks. Maximilian holds two MScs in Economics from the University of Muenster and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS). He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Bamberg. Maximilian previously worked for a management consultancy in Berlin and at the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) in Bonn.