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Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Christoph M. Schmidt


Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Christoph M. Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christoph M. Schmidt, born in 1962, has been President of RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research in Essen since 2002 and also holds the Chair for Economic Policy and Applied Econometrics at the Faculty of Management and Economics at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He studied economics at the University of Mannheim, received his PhD from Princeton University, and completed his habilitation at the University of Munich. Schmidt was a member of the German Council of Economic Experts from 2009 to 2020 and its chairman from 2013 to 2020. Since 2019 he has been a member, and since 2020 co-chairman, of the Franco-German Council of Economic Experts. He has been a member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) since 2011, a member of the presidium since 2014, and vice president since 2020. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (since 2020), the Mainz Academy of Sciences and Literature (since 2015) and the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts (since 2018).

From 2011 to 2013, Schmidt was a member of the Enquete Commission "Growth, Prosperity, Quality of Life" of the German Bundestag. He has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich since 2013, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation since 2014 (Deputy Chairman since 2020), a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation since 2016, Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 2018, and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Energy Economics Institute at the University of Cologne (EWI) since 2020, as well as a member of the Corona Council of Experts of the NRW Minister President since 2020. His work focuses on applied econometrics, including energy, health, and labor economics, as well as on the interface between research and science-based policy advice. He was editor of the Journal of Population Economics (1996 to 2002) and the German Economic Review (2009 to 2013). In 2016, he received the Gustav Stolper Award of the Verein für Socialpolitik, and in 2019, he received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Economics at Leibniz Universität Hannover. In 2019, he was also awarded the title "Bürger des Ruhrgebiets" (citizen of the Ruhr area) by the association pro Ruhrgebiet.

Research Interests

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

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Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Christoph M. Schmidt

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