Jonas Markgraf

Jonas Markgraf

Economist II



I work as an Economist at Amazon on the topics of experimentation and causal inference from observational data. Before, I was a Senior Economist/Applied Scientist at Zalando and, prior to this, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow the University of Oxford (Nuffield College). In 2018, I successfully defended my PhD dissertation at the Hertie School in Berlin.

My academic research covers topics in the areas of Comparative Politics, Political Economy, and Political Methodology. It has been published in journals, including the Journal of Politics and Political Science Research & Methods.


  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Economy
  • Econometrics


  • PhD in Political Science, 2018

    Hertie School Berlin

  • MSc in International Political Economy, 2014

    London School of Economics

  • BA in Political Science & Economics, 2013

    Freie Universität Berlin



Economist II


Mar 2023 – Present London/United Kingdom
Prime Video Content Analytics

Senior Economist/Applied Scientist

Zalando SE

Apr 2020 – Feb 2023 Berlin/Germany

Responsibilities include:

  • Leading research on price-demand relationship (elasticity)
  • Developing measurement framework for pricing algorithm
  • Driving research to enable steering of large investment decisions
  • Managed a team of three on interim basis (6 months)


Federal Ministry of Finance

Sep 2019 – Mar 2020 Berlin/Germany
Worked on regulations against international money laundering and financing of terrorism (Financial Action Task Force).

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Oxford

Sep 2018 – Sep 2019 Oxford/UK

Responsibilities included:

  • designing and implementing lab and survey experiments, quantitative data and text analysis
  • writing scientific papers and policy briefs
  • communicating results to diverseaudiences
  • support supervision of PhD students

Research Associate

Hertie School

Sep 2015 – Aug 2018 Berlin/Germany

Responsibilities included:

  • conceptualization of research project
  • presentation of findings
  • data collection

Carlo Schmid Fellow & Consultant

International Trade Centre (UN/WTO)

Sep 2014 – Sep 2015 Geneva/Switzerland

Responsibilities included:

  • coordination of survey launch
  • implementation of survey
  • organizationand conducting of multi-day training workshops
  • survey design