Current Positions

Personal Data

  • Born: October 23rd 1948, Vienna
  • Married to Elsa Aiginger
  • Children: Thomas (*1979), Philipp (*1984)

Education

  • Economics at the University of Vienna (1966-1970)
  • Dissertation: Entrepreneurial Decision Making (1974)
  • Purdue University, Indiana, USA (1978)
  • Habilitation: Production Theory under Uncertainty (1984)

Employment Record

  • Economist at WIFO (since 1970)
  • Managing Editor of Empirica - Austrian Economic Papers (1975-1992)
  • Visiting Professor at Stanford University, CA, USA (1982)
  • Deputy Director at WIFO (1984-1987)
  • Visiting Professor at MIT, Boston, Mass., USA (1991)
  • Visiting Professor at UCLA, Cal., USA (1997)
  • Professor at the University of Linz, Austria (since 1992: Guest Professor, Honorary Professor); Industrial Economics & Economic Strategy
  • Supervising Board of OIAG (Holding Company of industrial firms) (1993-2000)
  • Deputy Director at WIFO (1996-1998)
  • Professor at GSB and IIS, Stanford University (2002)
  • Deputy Director at WIFO (2002-2005)
  • WIFO director from 2005 to 2016
  • Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria (since 2006)

Key areas of research

  • European and national economic strategy and policy
  • Competitiveness of firms, industries, countries
  • Industrial Economics and Industrial Policy

Other fields of activities

  • Lecturing at University of Vienna, University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Technical University, Vienna, University of Hunan (China), Webster University
  • Editorial Board of Empirica: Journal of European Economics; Competitiveness Review

Referee for

  • Economic Journal
  • European Economic Review
  • Journal of Industrial Economics
  • Journal of Small Business Economics
  • Journal of Economics
  • Journal of Empirical Economics
  • International Journal of Industrial Organization
  • Empirica - Austrian Economic Papers

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