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Christoph M. Schmidt

German economist, president of the RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research and chairman of the German Council of Economic Experts

Christoph M. Schmidt Biography

Prof. Dr. Christoph M. Schmidt, born in 1962, studied economics at the University of Mannheim, Germany, where he received his degree as Diplom-Volkswirt in 1987, at Princeton University, where he received his M.A. in 1989 and his Ph.D. in 1991, and at the University of Munich, where he received the degree of Dr. rer. pol. habil. in 1995.

Since 2002 he is president of RWI and professor at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Since 2009 he is member of the German Council of Economic Experts, since March 2013 he is chairman of the Council. Between 2011 and 2013 he was a member of the Enquete-Commission “Wachstum, Wohlstand, Lebensqualität” (“Growth, Welfare, Quality of Live”) of the German Bundestag, since June 2011 he is member of acatech – Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften. Since 2013 he is chairperson of the board of trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich. Since June 2016 he is member of the advisory scientific council of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. Since November 2017 he is Member of the OECD International Network on Financial Education (INFE) Research Commitee.

From 1995 to 2002 he taught econometrics and labor economics as a Full Professor at the University of Heidelberg. Schmidt was awarded a Princeton University Fellowship, 1987-1990, the Alfred P. Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 1990-1991, and was a fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) 1992-1995. Since 1992, he has been a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR London), since 1996 a CEPR Research Fellow, and since 1998 he is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn. In 2016 he won the Gustav-Stolper-Award of the Verein für Socialpolitik.

He served as an Editor of the German Economic Review and was an editor of the Journal of Population Economics. He published articles in journals such as The Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Public Economics.

Research Interests
Applied econometrics and a broad spectrum of topics of economic policy, specifically macroeconomics, energy, health and labor.

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Research with impact: The role of economic policy advice in an informed society

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New start for German economic policy?

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Results from the acatech initiative "Energy Systems of the Future"

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Evaluation of Financial Market Reforms: Lessons from Other Policies and Disciplines - Policy Area Labor Market

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The Productivity Gap

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Labor market and social policy for the new legislature

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A uniform CO2 price as the key to the next phase of the energy transition

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Inequality of income and wealth in Germany

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Tax and social policy in times of increasing inequality

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