Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Althammer
“The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else.” (John Maynard Keynes, 1936)
Over the past decades, trends like globalization and deregulation, especially of financial markets, have made the world increasingly interconnected and complex. Economists usually try to reduce this complexity by developing and analyzing models to convey the fundamental forces. My chair, the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Chair of Macroeconomics, aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the methods of economic reasoning and modeling in the field of macroeconomics, international finance and economic policy. Our classes should enable students to see the broader picture when deciding on issues of strategic importance.
After studying economics at the University of Regensburg, I worked as a research associate and assistant at the Universities of Regensburg and the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder). My doctoral thesis was written at the Chair of Theoretical Economics at the University of Regensburg (Prof. Winfried Vogt) in the field of labor economics, my habilitation thesis at the Viadrina was about the international dimension of environmental policy. In 1996, I joined HHL as chairholder of the Sparkasssen-Finanzgruppe Chair of Macroeconomics.
I am member of several professional associations, e.g. the Standing Committee for Environmental and Resource Economics of the Verein für Socialpolitik. Furthermore, I am member of the Network Microeconomics of Competitiveness at Michael Porter’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. Last but not least, since 2017 I have been member of the Commission on Determining Concentration in the Media Sphere, a regulatory body to ensure plurality of opinion in private media.
At HHL, I am teaching courses in Macroeconomics, Competitiveness, International Trade, Environmental Economics and Research Methods. As described above, my goal in teaching economics is to combine rigorous economic reasoning, which is necessarily model based, with current economic problems.