Marcel Fratzscher is President of DIW Berlin (German Institute of Economic Research), and Professor of Macroeconomics and Finance at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. As an independent institute with 250 employees, DIW Berlin is one of the leading, independent European research institutes. It key tasks are applied research and policy advice, and it has its own PhD program.
His own research covers a broad range of issues in the fields of macroeconomics, international finance, monetary economics and international policy co-ordination, and has been published in a number of leading academic journals. In September 2014, his book “The Germany Illusion: Why we overestimate our Economy and need Europe” was published. It reveals Germany’s economic weaknesses and discusses critically the crisis of Europe. In his recent book “The Battle for Redistribution – Why Germany is becoming more unequal“ (March 2016) Marcel Fratzscher analyses the problems of the economy and society due to the high and rising inequality in Germany.
His prior professional experience includes work as Head of the International Policy Analysis Division at the European Central Bank (ECB), where he worked from 2001 to 2012; the Peterson Institute for International Economics in 2000-01; before and during the Asian financial crisis in 1996-98 at the Ministry of Finance of Indonesia for the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID); and shorter periods at the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and in various parts of Asia and Africa.
He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Institute (EUI); a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford, and a Vordiplom in Economics from Kiel University. He is a European citizen, having grown up and having obtained his primary and secondary education in Germany.