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Hon.-Prof. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus F. Zimmermann, President Global Labor Organization (GLO)

Klaus F. Zimmermann

Klaus F. Zimmermann


Prof. Dr. Klaus F. Zimmermann is Co-Director POP at UNU-MERIT, Professor of Economics (Emeritus) at Bonn University and President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). Honorary Professor of the Free University Berlin (since 2001), Honorary Professor of the Renmin University of China in Beijing (since 2006),  Honorary Professor of Maastricht University (since 2016) and Honorary Professor of Lixin University in Shanghai (since 2019). He is a member of the Leopoldina (the German Academy of Sciences), the Academia Europaea (the European Academy of Sciences) and the Regional Science Academy. Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Population Economics (since 1988).

CV and publications

Selection of previous positions

George Soros Chair, School of Public Policy, Central European University (CEU), 2019; Rockefeller Foundation Policy Fellow, 2017; Eminent Research Scholar & Visiting Professor, University of Melbourne, 2017; Visiting Professor, Princeton University (2016-2017); Visiting Professor, Harvard University (2016); Director of the Institute for the Study of Labor (1998 -2016); President of the German Institute for Economic Research (2000-2011); Programme Director of Human Resources (1991-1998) and Labour Economics (1998-2001) of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London. Chairman (Dekan) of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Munich (1993-1995). Professorships (among others) at University of Malaya, Macquarie University, University of Pennsylvania, Kyoto University and Dartmouth College.


Klaus F. Zimmermann studied economics and statistics at the University of Mannheim, where he graduated as "Diplom Volkswirt" and finished his doctoral and habilitation theses.


His research fields are labor, population and migration.

Prof. Dr. Zimmermann is editor and author of numerous books and articles, e.g. in research journals like Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Human Resources, Public Choice, Review of Economics and Statistics, European Economic Review, Kyklos, Journal of Mathematical Sociology, Economics Letters, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Economic Surveys, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, International Migration Review, China Economic Review.

Opinion pieces (among others) in: New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Focus, Cicero, Wirtschaftswoche, Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Handelsblatt, Welt, Frankfurter Rundschau, Welt am Sonntag, Bild am Sonntag, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Publications of Klaus F. Zimmermann can be found in his CV (see above) or here:
•   RePeC
•   Econpapers

 Contact: klaus.f.zimmermann@gmail.com