Prof. Dr. Grüner (3675) 16-03-18 23:15

Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Grüner


Postal Address:Chair for Economic Policy, Department of Economics, University of Mannheim, D-68131 Mannheim.
Phone:0621 181 1885
Fax:0621 181 1884
Office Hours:Please contact (0621 181 1885) for an appointment (L7, 3-5, room 207).

Short CV / Kurzlebenslauf

Short CV Kurzlebenslauf
Hans Peter Grüner studied economics and mathematics at Heidelberg University (Diplom-Volkswirt, 1990). He was a student in the European Doctoral Programme in Quantitative Economics at Bonn University and at DELTA/Paris. 1994 Docteur de l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (dissertation on "Central Bank Credibility and Labor Markets in Europe").

He has worked as an Assistant at Konstanz and Bonn University. In 1999 he completed his post-doctoral Habilitation entitled "The Economics of Distributive Politics" at Bonn University. Since 1999 he is a Professor of Economics at the University Mannheim. Hans Peter Grüner's research focuses on the design of political and economic institutions. His main fields of interests are the political economy of reforms, mechanism design, (European) economic and monetary policy, capital market theory, labor market reform and the theory of income and wealth distribution.

Grüner has been a consultant to several companies and institutions including the Union Bank of Switzerland, BMW, the European Commission and the European Central Bank. He also advised the German Federal Parliament and the Federal Foreign Office on issues related to policy reforms and European integration. Since 2006 he is an adjunct professor at the Hertie School of Governance Berlin. He was awarded fellowships from EU-Commission, the European Central Bank and from DAAD. He is a Research Fellow of CEPR, London, a member of the Royal Economic Society and Verein für Socialpolitik, and a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Political Economy. Academic visits to Oxford University, University of Pennsilvania, London Business School, the Toyota Center at the LSE, UCL, and the Hebrew University Jerusalem.
Hans Peter Grüner studierte Volkswirtschaftslehre und Mathematik an der Universität Heidelberg (Diplom Volkswirt 1990) und wurde 1994 an der Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris mit einer Arbeit über die Glaubwürdigkeit von Zentralbanken und die Lohnsetzung in Europa promoviert. 1999 Habilitation an der Universität Bonn mit einer Arbeit über (Um-)Verteilungspolitik (insbesondere Vermögensverteilung). Seit 1999 Professor für Volkswirtschaftslehre, Wirtschaftspolitik an der Universität Mannheim. Seine Forschung befasst sich mit Fragen der Europapolitik, der Geld-, Verteilungs- und Fiskalpolitik, wirtschaftspolitischen Reformen und dem Design wirtschaftlicher und politischer Institutionen.

Hans Peter Grüner war Studiendekan seiner Fakultät, Sprecher der volkswirtschaftlichen Abteilung sowie Mitglied des Senats der Universität Mannheim. Er ist Research Fellow des Centre for Economic Policy Research in London und seit 2006 Adjunct Professor an der Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Grüner beriet unter anderem die Europäische Zentralbank, die Europäische Kommission, die Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) und die BMW AG (zu Fragen der Reformpolitik, der Geldpolitik, der Europäischen Institutionen und zum Design von Auktionen), und er erstellte Expertisen zu Fragen der Europäischen Integration (Bankenunion/ Reformpolitik) für das Auswärtige Amt und den Europa Ausschuss des Deutschen Bundestags.

Presseartikel und Interviews zur Finanz- und Eurokrise sind hier zu finden.

Current affiliations

Externally funded projects/ external research or consultancy projects/ advisory positions

DG ECFIN, EU Commission     9/2016 - 5/2017Research FellowProject: The political economy of European integration revisited
European Central Bank2015Independent ContractorResearch Division, project on financial integration and financial stability
European Central Bank2013Wim Duisenberg Research Fellow

Project on fiscal stability

DG ECFIN, EU Commission

9/2012 - 05/2013

Research Fellow

 Project on fiscal consolidation and structural reforms

Walter Raymond Stiftung

2010 -

Member of the advisory council

Universität Mannheim, SFB 884
"The political economy of reforms"
(financed by German
Research Foundation, DFG)

2010 -

Principal Investigator

Projects A1 “Individual support for political reforms” (2010-2014, with Axel Börsch Supan)

A2 “The role of information in reform processes” (2010-2017)

A7 "Experimental analysis of Bayesian voting mechanisms, procedural choices and the acceptance of transfers"
(2014-2017, with Dirk Engelmann)

Augusta Vermögensverwaltung

2009 -

Member of the advisory council
Denkwerk Zukunft, Bonn

2009 - 2013


“Denkkreis Funktionsfähigkeit der Gesellschaft”

European Central Bank

2008 - 2009


Fiscal Policies Division, project on fiscal policies during financial crises




Auction design

European Central Bank

2005 - 2006

Consultant,  Research Division

Project on financial integration and financial stability

Deutsche Bundesbank

2004 - 2005

Research project

Project on financial integration and financial stability

European Central Bank

2002 - 2003

Visiting Expert

Project on central bank communication and decision making

Mannheim University

1999 - 2005

Member of the interdisciplinary research group on international negotiation systems

Research sponsored by German Research Foundation (DFG)

Union Bank of Switzerland  



Group Economic Research

University administration


List of Publications:


Discussion Papers



Contributions to edited Volumes

Diploma thesis, PhD-thesis, Habilitationsschrift, Book

Book reviews



Service to the profession

Referee for/ Gutachter für


  • American Economic Review
  • Social Choice and Welfare
  • Review of Economic Studies
  • Journal of Fiscal Intermediation
  • American Political Science Review
  • Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE)
  • Journal of Economic Theory
  • Public Choice
  • International Economic Review
  • European Journal of Political Economy
  • Journal of the European Economic Association
  • Journal of Economics
  • European Economic Review
  • Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften
  • Journal of Public Economics
  • Empirical Economics
  • Journal of Public Economic Theory
  • Finanzarchiv
  • Economic Journal
  • German Economic Review
  • Berkeley Economics
  • Konjunkturpolitik
  • Scandinavian Journal of Economics
  • Political Studies
  • Economic Letters
  • Research on Economic Inequality
  • Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control
  • The Manchester School
  • Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization




  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • German-Israeli Foundation
  • Schweizerischer Nationalfonds
  • Israel Science Foundation
  • Swiss Society for Financial Market Research
  • Leibnitz Gemeinschaft


Member of selection committees of