Prof. Dr. Christian Kleiber


Research fields

  • Statistical distributions
  • Size distributions in economics and related fields (distributions of income and wealth, actuarial losses, firm sizes, city sizes, ...)
  • Income distribution and inequality measurement
  • Stochastic orders and their applications
  • Statistical foundations of data science
  • Count data, especially regression models
  • Time series analysis
  • Econometric and statistical computing
  • Reproducible empirical and computational research
  • History of statistics and econometrics


Professional associations

  • Econometric Society
  • German Statistical Society (DStatG)
  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics
  • International Association for Statistical Computing (IASC)
  • Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SGVS)
  • Swiss Statistical Society (SSS)
  • Verein für Socialpolitik (VfS, Economics Association of the German-Language Countries)

Prof. Dr. Christian Kleiber
Office 5.53 Faculty of Business and Economics
Econometrics and Statistics
Peter Merian-Weg 6 4002 Basel

Phone: +41 61 207 33 67

Office hours: by appointment

Statistical terminology in popular culture

"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."

H.P. Lovecraft: The Call of Cthulhu, 1926.


Selected publications

Kleiber, Christian, and Achim Zeileis. 2016. "Visualizing count data regressions using rootograms", The American Statistician, 70(3), 296-303. 

Kleiber, Christian. 2014. "The generalized lognormal distribution and the Stieltjes moment problem." Journal of Theoretical Probability, 27(4), 1167-1177.

Kleiber, Christian, and Jordan Stoyanov. 2013. "Multivariate distributions and the moment problem." Journal of Multivariate Analysis, 113, 7-18.

Bossmann, Martin, Christian Kleiber, and Klaus Wälde. 2007. "Bequests, taxation, and the distribution of wealth in a general equilibrium model." Journal of Public Economics, 91, 1247-1271.

Kleiber, Christian, and Samuel Kotz. 2003. Statistical Size Distributions in Economics and Actuarial Sciences. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken NJ.