Chair of Microeconomics

Prof. Dr. Arnis Vilks


Academic Group at HHL

Economics and Regulation


Prof. Dr. Arnis Vilks

Team Assistant

Beate Kanheißner

Research Areas

Logical and philosophical foundations of economic theory; in particular foundations of mathematical economics
The notion of rationality, utility, and happiness
The weltanschauung of the Western world, its roots and effects in the global economy
Development economics


Microeconomics appears to be a huge collection of models - ranging from basic models of optimization and markets to sophisticated ones that try to spell out the kind of information and reasoning that would entail behaviour according to specific game-theoretic solution concepts. However, it is our philosophy that models are not there for their own sake, but should help to better understand, and maybe solve, real-world problems.

The issues one can try to elucidate by means of microeconomic modelling are again manifold - ranging from efficient allocation of resources and managerial decision-making under competitive conditions to conflict and cooperation in international politics.

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“.    


Prof. Dr. Arnis Vilks
T +49 341 9851-850
Dipl.-Päd. Beate Kanheißner
Team Assistant
T +49 341 9851-812
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