Who we are

Members of the committees and research staff of the German Economic Institute: EconomistsPresident, Presidium, Board of Trustees, Director, Management Board and Research Advisory Council.

Justina Alichniewicz

Economist for Immigration

Tel +49 221 4981-875

Mail alichniewicz@iwkoeln.de

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Dr. Christina Anger

Head of the Research Group Microdata and Method Development

Tel +49 221 4981-718

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Dr. Hubertus Bardt

Head of the Research Division

Tel +49 221 4981-750

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Dr. Knut Bergmann

Head of Communication and the Branch Office in Berlin

Tel +49 30 27877-110

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Dr. Martin Beznoska

Economist for Financial Policy and Tax Policy

Tel +49 221 4981-736

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Zuzana Blazek

Senior Researcher for Supply of skill needs

Tel +49 221 4981-830

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Alexander Burstedde

Economist for Supply of skill needs

Tel +49 221 4981-217

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Dr. Berthold Busch

Senior Economist for European Integration

Tel +49 221 4981-762

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Dr. Vera Demary

Head of the Research Unit Structural Change and Competition

Tel +49 221 4981-749

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Dr. Markus Demary

Senior Economist for Monetary Policy and the Economics of Financial Markets

Tel +49 221 4981-732

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President Arndt Günter Kirchhoff

Arndt Günter Kirchhoff, born in Essen in 1955, is Managing Partner and CEO of KIRCHHOFF Holding GmbH & Co. KG. Headquartered in Iserlohn in North-Rhine Westphalia, with a workforce of some 10,500 and an annual turnover of € 1,8 bn, the group is one of the most important suppliers of components to the automotive industry. After studying commercial and mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Arndt Kirchhoff was first head of central order processing at Deutsche Babcock Werke AG, before in 1990 becoming Managing Partner of the KIRCHHOFF Group.

Arndt Kirchhoff has for many years been actively involved with business organisations. Among other positions he is on the presiding committees of the Confederation of German Industry (BDI) and the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA), on the executive committees of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and is president of Metall NRW, the employers’ association of the metalworking industry in North-Rhine Westphalia.

Honorary Presidents

  • Dr. Eckart John von Freyend
  • Dr. Hans-Dietrich Winkhaus


  • Arndt Günter Kirchhoff (President), KIRCHHOFF Holding GmbH & Co. KG
  • Dipl.-Kfm. Wolf Matthias Mang (Vice President and Treasurer), Arno Arnold GmbH
  • Dipl.-Wirtschafts-Ing. Ingo Kramer (Vice President), J. Heinr. Kramer Holding GmbH
  • Dr. Günter von Au (Vice President), Clariant SE
  • Markus Beumer (Vice President), Arbeitgeberverband des privaten Bankgewerbes
  • Wilfried Porth (Vice President), Daimler AG
  • Prof. Randolf Rodenstock (Vice President), Optische Werke G. Rodenstock GmbH & Co. KG
  • Matthias Wissmann (Vice President), Verband der Automobilindustrie e. V.
  • Steffen Kampeter (Member of the Presidium), Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände e.V.
  • Dr. Joachim Lang (Member of the Presidium), Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V.
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Hüther (Member of the Presidium), Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln e.V.

Board of Trustees

  • Bertram Brossardt, Hauptgeschäftsführer VBM - Verband der Bayerischen Metall- und Elektro-Industrie e. V.
  • Dr. Harald Bruhn, Geschäftsführer Jena-Optronik GmbH
  • RA Peer-Michael Dick , Hauptgeschäftsführer SÜDWESTMETALL Verband der Metall- und Elektroindustrie Baden-Württemberg e.V.
  • Dr. Thorsten Diercks, Hauptgeschäftsführer Vereinigung Rohstoffe und Bergbau e. V.
  • Dr. Nico Fickinger, Hauptgeschäftsführer NORDMETALL - Verband der Metall- und Elektro-Industrie e.V.
  • Horst Gabriel, Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter Ernst Ludwig Emde GmbH
  • Alfred Gaffal , Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrates Wolf GmbH
  • Stefan Genth, Hauptgeschäftsführer HDE Handelsverband Deutschland
  • Günther G. Goth, Vorsitzender des Vorstandes Bildungswerk der Bayerischen Wirtschaft e. V.
  • Dr. Christopher Grünewald, Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter Gebr. Grünewald GmbH & Co.KG
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Heise, Allianz SE Economic Research & Corporate Development
  • Dr. Erwin Kern, Vorsitzender des Vorstands Kies & Beton AG Baden-Baden
  • Heinz Laber, Arbeitgeberverband des privaten Bankgewerbes e.V.
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wi.-Ing. Kunibert Lennerts, Abteilungsleiter Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Institut für Technologie und Management im Baubetrieb Fachbereich Facility Management
  • Dr. Luitwin Mallmann, Hauptgeschäftsführer METALL NRW Verband der Metall- und Elektro-Industrie Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V.
  • Dr. Uwe Mazura, Hauptgeschäftsführer Gesamtverband textil+mode
  • Georg Müller, Bayer AG BAG-HRO HR Germany
  • Rolf-Michael Müller, Vorsitzender Bundesverbandes Keramische Industrie e.V.
  • Wolfgang Niemsch, Geschäftsführer Lanico-Machinenbau Otto Niemsch GmbH
  • Jürgen Peschel, Geschäftsführer Smurfit Kappa Wellpappenwerk Waren GmbH
  • Dirk Pollert, Hauptgeschäftsführer HESSENMETALL
  • Ingolf Prüfer, SÜDWESTMETALL Verband der Metall- und Elektroindustrie Baden-Württemberg e.V.
  • Dr. Rainier van Roessel, Mitglied des Vorstands Lanxess AG
  • Dr. Klaus-Peter Stiller, Geschäftsführer Bundesarbeitgeberverband Chemie e.V.
  • Dr. Dr. Utz Tillmann, Hauptgeschäftsführer Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V.
  • Günter Tissen, Hauptgeschäftsführer Verein der Zuckerindustrie
  • Dr. Sven Vogt, Geschäftsführer Kautschuk-Kunststoff-Technik GmbH
  • Rainer Wobbe, Mitglied der Geschäftsführung Evonik Performance Materials GmbH
  • Oliver Zander, Hauptgeschäftsführer Gesamtmetall - Die Arbeitgeberverbände der Metall- und Elektro-Industrie

Director Prof. Dr. Michael Hüther

Born in Düsseldorf in 1962, Michael Hüther studied business sciences and mediaeval and modern history at the University of Giessen from 1982 to 1987. The subject of his subsequent doctoral thesis was "Integrated tax transfer systems for the Federal Republic of Germany – normative conception and empirical analysis". After a spell as a research assistant, in 1995 he became Secretary General of the German Council of Economic Experts (head of the Council’s Scientific Staff). In 1999 he moved to the DekaBank in Frankfurt am Main as Chief Economist and later became the bank’s Head of Economics and Communication. In 2001 he was appointed Honorary Professor of the EBS Business School in Oestrich-Winkel in Hesse. In 2004 he took up his current post as Director and member of the presiding committee of the German Economic Institute (IW). He also holds positions on the supervisory boards of many companies, foundations and other organisations. For further details of his positions and publications, see his profile page.

Management Board

Research Advisory Council

The Research Advisory Board consists of six high-level, independent scientists and researchers. They monitor and provide advice on the Institute’s research, focusing on further strengthening the methodology and empirical research design. With its Research Advisory Board, the German Economic Institute intends to maintain and continuously improve the quality of its research.

Prof. Jutta Allmendinger, Ph.D. (top left)

Prof. Dr. Detlef Fetchenhauer (top middle)

  • Chair of Economic and Social Psychology, Institute for Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS), University of Cologne
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Prof. Bernd Fitzenberger, Ph.D. (top right)

Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap (bottom left)

  • Director, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE), Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf
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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Karl-Heinz Paqué (bottom middle)

  • Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management, Chair of International Economics, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
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Prof. Dr. Hilmar Schneider (bottom right)