Ilmenau University of Technology
Institute of Economics
Department of Economic Policy

98693 Ilmenau
Room 2230

Postal address
Postfach 10 05 65
98684 Ilmenau

+49 3677 69-4079
+49 3677 69-4032 (secretariat)
Fax: +49 3677 69-4203

Office hours:
by arrangement

Scientific career

  • From March 2022 to May 2022 Visiting Scholar at SKEMA Business School.

  • Since May 2021 employed at the DFG project "(Autonomous) Universities in Dynamic Competition".

  • Since July 2019 research assistant in the Department of Economic Policy and PhD student in the Department of Economic Theory and Policy at TU Ilmenau.

  • From October 2017 to June 2019 research assistant and PhD student in the Department of Economic Theory at TU Ilmenau.

  • From March 2017 to September 2017 student assistant in the Department of Audiovisual Technology, Institute of Media Technology at TU Ilmenau.

  • From March 2017 to May 2017 student assistant in the Department of Economic Theory, Institute of Economics, TU Ilmenau.

  • From October 2014 to June 2017 master studies in media and communication science at the TU Ilmenau.

Main areas of research/interest

  • Open Access

  • Competition in the higher education sector

  • Knowledge diffusion and networks

Teaching activities

  •  Theory of economic policy

  •  Industrial economics

  • Media Economics Semester Paper

  • Specialization Module: VR/AR Applications (WS 2017/2018)

  • Supervision of proseminar and advanced seminar papers

  • Supervision of final theses

Selected Conferences/Workshops

  • 5th Research on Innovation, Science and Entrepreneurship Workshop (RISE) von Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (München, Dezember 2022)

  • Workshop of Difference-in-Differences with Panel Data (instructed by Jeffrey M. Wooldrige) (Online, Dezember 2022)

  • 10th SIdE-IEA (Italian Econometric Society) Workshop for PhD students in Econometrics and Empirical Economics (WEEE) (Bertinoro/Italien, September 2022)

  • 19th Conference of the International Joseph Schumpeter Society (Online, Juli 2022)

  • Workshop on The Economics and Organisation of Science von Technische Universität München (Heilbronn, Mai 2022)

  • The 15th Workshop on The Organisation, Economics and Policy of Scientific Research von KU Leuven (Leuven/Belgien, April 2022)

  • NBER Productivity Seminar (wöchentlich seit November 2021)

  • 18th Conference of the International Joseph Schumpeter Society (Online, Juli 2021)

  • 2019 Jahrestagung der Fachgruppe Medienökonomie der DGPuK (Köln, September 2019)


  • Cantner, U., Grebel, T., & Zhang, X. (2023). The architecture of global knowledge production–do low-income countries get more involved?. Industrial and Corporate Change, dtad042.

  • Zhang, Xijie, Grebel, Thomas and Budzinski, Oliver. "The Prices of Open Access Publishing: The Composition of APC across Different Fields of Sciences". Zur Ökonomik von Sport, Entertainment und Medien: Schnittstellen und Hintergründe, edited by Oliver Budzinski, Justus Haucap, Annika Stöhr and Dirk Wentzel, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2021, pp. 317-336.

  • Budzinski, O.; Grebel, T.; Wolling, J.; Zhang, X.: Drivers of article processing charges in open access. Scientometrics (2020),

  • Budzinski, O.; Noskova, V. & Zhang, X.: The brave new world of digital personal assistants: benefits and challenges from an economic perspective. Netnomics 20, 177-194 (2019),

  • Zhang, X., Weidner, F. & Broll, W. (2017): Exploring Users Views on Immersive Adult Entertainment Applications. In 2017 Ninth International Conference on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX) (pp. 1-3). IEEE.