Prof. Dr. Arnis Vilks
„An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.“ (Benjamin Franklin)
Having studied Economics, Philosophy, Mathematics, and Political Science at the University of Hamburg, after a Visiting Fellowship at Cambridge University, and a Professorship in Latvia – the home of my parents – I was among the first three professors to be appointed at the re-established HHL in 1995. Since then I have held the Chair of Microeconomics, served as Dean of HHL (from 2000 to 2005 and ad interim from 2010 to 2011), and done research and teaching in a number of different places – at Stanford University, the Australian National University in Canberra, Waikato University in New Zealand, but also in Lanzhou and Shanghai in China, at the Fourah Bay College in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and in Ethiopia, where I served as a so-called “Tandem Dean” at Mekelle University from 2013 to 2014.
My research interest have always covered the logical, philosophical, and methodological foundations of Economics, but increasingly also issues of globalisation and development economics. Addressing the (German-speaking) educated lay public, I reflected on connections between Science, Economics, Ethics, and Religion in my 2013 book “Meditiationen über Gott und die Welt und das Geld“.