Michael Pflüger is Professor of Economics at the University of Würzburg. Previously he was Professor of Economics at the University of Passau, the Darmstadt University of Technology and a Visiting Fellow at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). He studied economics at the University of Freiburg in Germany, Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and the University of Cambridge (Kings College), England. He received his doctorate and the Friedrich-August von Hayek Prize 1994 from the University of Freiburg where he also finished his habilitation in 2000 with research on labor market and environmental concerns posed by economic integration.

Pflüger's current research interests center around the new trade theory with heterogeneous and homogeneous firms, the new economic geography and the theory of the multinational firm. A special focus of his work is on issues pertaining to locational competition (in subsidies, taxes, environmental policies) and another special focus is on the labor market effects of trade and FDI.

His works are published in journals such as International Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, European Economic Review, Scandinavian Journal of Economics,
Economica, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford Economic Papers, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Public Economic Theory and Review of International Economics.

He is a member of the scientific board of IAB-Nuremberg and currently the head of the regional and urban economics section of the Verein für Socialpolitik.

Michael Pflüger joined IZA as a Research Fellow in April 2001.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 12257
published in: Regional Science and Urban Economics 2023, 99, 103874
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11387
published in: Oxford Economic Papers, 2019, 71 (3), 709 - 732
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11354
published in: Journal of Urban Economics 2021, 126, 103391
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10273
published in: Journal of Urban Economics, 2019, 109, 1-13
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9104
published in: Journal of Regional Science, 2019, 59:4, 743-766
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9021
published in: Review of International Economics, 2018, 26, 171-222
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6109
published in revised form in: S. Beugelsdijk , S. Brakman, H. van Ees and H. Garretsen (eds.), Firms in the International Economy - Firm Heterogeneity Meets International Business, MIT-Press 2013
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5541
published in revised form in: Open Economies Review, 2013, 24 (5), 963-976