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Current Guests

Alan Piper (Europa-Universität Flensburg)


Alan Piper is head of the department for International and Institutional Economics, as well as a research associate at the International Institue for Management and Economic Education. His research focuses on issues within entrepreneurship and self-employment, innovation, and life satisfaction.

Alan Piper's Homepage

Former guests

Reto Odermatt ( Universität Basel)

Reto Odermatt is postdoctoral research fellow at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Basel and at the Center for Research in Economics and Well-Being (CREW). His research interests are the Economics of Happiness, Behavioral Economics and Political Economics


Homepage von Reto Odermatt

Marcel Thum (Technische Universität Dresden, ifo Dresden)

Marcel Thum is Professor at the Faculty for Economics in Dresden and Director of the ifo institute Dresden. His Research focusses on Industy economics, Transformation, Public economics, Migration and Social Policy.


Marcel Thum's Homepage




Adrian Chadi (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)

Adrian Chadi is an economist with different socio-economic research fields. In his publications he examined the life satisfaction of german people to answer various problems of labour economics.


Hompage Adrian Chadi


During his visit from the 11th to the 17th February he worked with Clemens Hetschko on a paper about the flexibility of labour contracts and the effect on the life satisfaction.



Thomas Aronsson  (Umea University)

Thomas Aronsson is professor in economics at the University of Umea, Sweden, since 1998 and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. His research areas are Welfare Economics, Public Economics, Environmental Economics and Labour Economics.

Homepage of Thomas Aronsson

He visited our chair from the 6th to the 9th February 2012 and worked in cooperation with Professor Schöb on a joint research project.



Simon Lüchinger (University of Luzern)

Simon Lüchinger is assistent professor in economics at the University of Lucerne and research professor at the Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich, since 2010. Prior to joining the University of Lucerne, he was post-doctoral researcher at the Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich, (2009-2010) and visiting researcher at STICERD, London School of Economics (2008-2009). He earned his PhD in economics from the University of Zurich in 2007, analyzing how subjective well-being data can be used to valuing intangible goods. His research interests include political economy, public economics, environmental economics and subjective well-being.

Simon Lüchinger's Homepage

During his stay Simon Lüchinger  gave a series of presentations on „Empirical environmental economics“.



Mattias Polborn (University of Illinois)

Mattias K. Polborn is associate professor of economics and of political science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, since 2007. Prior he worked as assistant professor at the Universities of Illinois, Western Ontario und Munich. His research interest lies in political economy, in particular in models of elections and competition between political candidates.

Mattias Polborn's Hompage

Professor Polborn hold three lectures on "Models of Competition between Differentiated Candidates".



Ray Rees (Centre for Economic Studies (CES), LMU Munich)

Ray Rees is professor emeritus of economics at the University of Munich (LMU) since 2008. Before joining LMU in 1993, he was professor at the Universities of York, Guelph (Canada), Wales, and reader in economics at the University of London. His research interests include economics of the household and applications in public economics; insurance markets and health economics; oligopoly, collusion and competition policy; economics of regulation and privatisation and public enterprise.

Ray Rees's Hompage

During his stay Professor Rees gave lectures on “New Developments in the Theory of Optimal Income Taxation”.



Marco Runkel (Otto von Guericke Universität Magdeburg)

Prof. Dr. Marco Runkel is teaching Economics with focus on Public Economics at the Otto von Guericke Universität Magdeburg and visited our chair from 18th to 21th May 2010.

During his visit Prof. Runkel and Prof. Schöb worked on a joint research project on Environmental Economics.

Further research interests of Prof. Runkel are Tax Competition, Taxation of Multinationals, Fiscal Federalism or Governmental Debt.

Marco-Runkel's Homepage



Karl-Heinz Paqué (Otto von Guericke Universität Magdeburg)

Since 1996 Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Paqué is teaching Economics with focus on International Economy at the Otto von Guericke Universität Magdeburg. From 2002 to 2006 he was minister of finance of Saxony-Anhalt, afterwards deputy chairman of the liberal party fraction (FDP) in the state parliament of Saxony-Anhalt and from 2003 to 2007 member of the federal executive of the FDP.

Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Paqué visited our chair on 12th November 2009 and gave a lecture on the economic balance of german reunification nearly 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Karl-Heinz Paqué's Homepage




Silvia Rocha-Akis (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Mrs. Rocha-Akis is currently assistant professor at the Labour Economics Institute of the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

She visited our chair from 22th to 25th June 2009. During her visit Prof. Schöb and Mrs. Rocha-Akis worked on a joint research project on offshoring.

Silvia Rocha-Akis' Homepage




Robin Boadway (Queen's University, Canada)

Prof. Robin Boadway from the Queen's University visited our chair from 04th to 12th June, 2009. Robin Boadway is the Sir Edward Peacock Professor of Economic Theory at Queen's University, and a Fellow of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations. He has served in the past as President of the Canadian Economics Association and Head of the Department of Economics at Queen's and is now Executive Vice-President of the International Institute of Public Finance. He is a past editor of the Canadian Journal of Economics and the German Economic Review, and is currently editor of the Journal of Public Economics and on the editorial board of the Canadian Tax Journal, the National Tax Journal, International Tax and Public Finance and Regional Science and Urban Economics. His research work is in the broad area of public sector economics, with special emphasis on fiscal federalism, tax policy, social policy and cost-benefit analysis.

Robin Boadway's Homepage



Bruno Frey (University of Zurich, Schweiz)

Prof. Bruno Frey visited our chair from the 14th to 24th April 2009. 

Bruno S. Frey is Professor for Economics at the University of Zurich and Research Director of CREMA - Centre for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts, Switzerland. He is Managing Editor of Kyklos Bruno Frey seeks to extend economics beyond standard neo-classics by including insights from other disciplines, including political science, psychology and sociology.

Bruno Frey's Homepage




Erkki Koskela (University of Helsinki, Finnland)

Prof. Erkki Koskela from the University of Helsinki revisits our chair from the 15th Febuary to the 23th February, 2009 to work on the common research projects with Prof. Ronnie Schöb and Jan König. First visits within the scope of the common projects had occurred already in  2007 and 2008.The purposes of these projects are the effects of the revenue taxation on wage negotiations and therefore on the outsourcing decision by enterprises as well as the results of different wage negotiations systems on the organisational decision.

Erkki Koskela's Homepage




Hans Werner Sinn (Präsident des ifo Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung)

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Werner Sinn from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Münchenvisited our chair in November 2008. In the framework of the Research Seminar in Economics he held a lecture to the topic "Klimawandel, grüne Politik und erschöpfbare natürliche Ressourcen: Sechs Thesen zur Klimapolitik".

Hans-Werner Sinn is Professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, President at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Manager of the CESifo GmbH and Director of the Center for Economic Studies (CES) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. He belongs to the the most highly cited economic Researchers in Germany.



Andrew Clark (Paris School of Economics, Frankreich)

Prof. Andrew Clark from the Paris School of Economics visited our chair from the 08th to 20th of November 2008. At that time he held three lectures to the theme "New Topics in Happiness and Economics". 

Andrew Clark is Professor at the Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques (Paris School of Economics) in France. He worked at the University of Orléans and OECD. His work has largely focussed on the interface between psychology, sociology and economics; in particular, using job and life satisfaction scores, and other psychological indices, as proxy measures of utility. The broad area is social interactions and social learning.

Andrew Clark's Homepage

Andrew Clark's Vortragsreihe zum Thema "New Topics in Happiness and Economics"



Claudio Lucifora (Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy)


Prof. Claudio Lucifora visited our chair in March. At this time he gave two lectures on "Evaluation of Labour Market Policies: Theory and Empirical Applications". In the Research Seminar he spoke about "University Reform and Human Capital Investments".

Claudio Lucifora is Professor of Economics at the Università Cattolica in  Milan. He has published books on low pay employment, the economics of education and the shadow economy, as well as articles in refereed journals on earnings mobility, wage determination, unemployment and labour market institutions. He has been the treasurer and elected member of the Executive Committee of the  European Association of Labour Economics.

Claudio Lucifora's Homepage



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