Prof. em. Dr. Arnis Vilks

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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 his parents – Arnis Vilks was among the first three professors to be appointed at the re-established HHL in 1995. Until 2022 he held the Chair of Microeconomics, served as Dean of HHL twice (2000-2005 and ad interim 2010-2011), and did 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 he served as a so-called “Tandem Dean” at Mekelle University from 2013 to 2014.

Prof. Vilks research interests have always covered the logical, philosophical, and methodological foundations of Economics, but increasingly also issues of globalization and development economics. Addressing the (German-speaking) educated lay public, he reflected on connections between science, economics, ethics, and religion in his 2013 book “Meditationen über Gott und die Welt und das Geld“.    

In January 2022, Prof. Dr. Arnis Vilks held his Farewell Lecture at HHL and was awarded the “Professor Emeritus” title.

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