Prof. Dr. Christoph M. Schmidt

Fields of knowledge: Economics, Sociology

In his empirical work, Christoph Schmidt deals with socially and economically highly relevant issues. These include, for example, shaping the future of the euro zone, implementing the energy revolution or the challenges of the labour market in the context of digitisation and increased migration. Based on his research findings, he advises economic policy, with evidence-based analysis being a central element of his policy advice.


Short Vita

Christoph M. Schmidt, born 1962, studied economics at the University of Mannheim (DiplomVolkswirt 1987), received his doctorate from Princeton University (MA 1989, Ph.D. 1991) and his habilitation from the University of Munich in 1995. Since 2002 he has been President of the RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research and Professor at the Ruhr University Bochum. Christoph M. Schmidt was appointed to the German Council of Economic Experts in March 2009 and has been its Chairman since March 2013. He has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance since 2013 and a member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) since June 2011 (member of the Executive Committee since 2014). Since June 2016, he has also been a member of the scientific advisory board of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

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