Ansgar Belke is Full Professor of Macroeconomics and Director of the Institute of Business and Economic Studies (IBES) at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Since 2012 he is (ad personam) Jean Monnet Professor. Moreover, he is member of the Adjunct Faculty Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS Econ) and visiting professor at the Europa-Institute at Saarland University, Saarbrücken, and the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.

Ansgar Belke was visiting researcher at the IMF in Washington/DC, CentER Tilburg, CEPS Brussels, IfW Kiel, DIW Berlin and OeNB Vienna. Furthermore, he was Research Director for International Macroeconomics at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin, and now is Research Professor at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels.

He is President of the European Economics and Finance Society (EEFS), member of the "Monetary Expert Panel" of the European Parliament, the Scientific Advisory Council of IAW Tübingen, the Councils of "Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration" (AEI), the "Institut für Europäische Politik" (IEP), the Executive Committee of the International Atalantic Economic Society (IAES) and the Scientific Committee of the International Network for Economic Research (INFER). He is also Research Fellow of IZA Bonn and CELSI (Bratislava), member of the professional central bank watchers group "ECB Observer", member of the Bureau of European Policy Analysis (BEPA) Visitors Programme of the European Commission, external consultant of DG ECFIN of the European Commission, external consultant of the European Union Committee of the House of Lords (UK) and he successfully conducted research projects on behalf of the German Federal Ministries of Finance, and of Labour and Social Affairs.

He serves as editor-in-chief of "Credit and Capital Markets – Kredit und Kapital", "Konjunkturpolitik – Applied Economics Quarterly" and as co-editor of "International Journal of Financial Studies", "Empirica", "International Economics and Economic Policy", "Journal of Economic Studies", "Vierteljahreshefte für Wirtschaftsforschung", "Aestimatio – The International IEB Journal of Finance", "E-conomics" (Kiel Institute of the World Economy), as editor of the book series "Financial and Monetary Policy Studies", Springer, and as co-editor of the book series "Quantitative Ökonomie", Eul Verlag.

He published widely in international refereed journals and other outlets, has regular appearances in the printed press and in national and international TV broadcasts. He spoke as keynote lecturer at a wide array of conferences, among them in 2010 the "Jeddah Economic Forum", Jeddah/Saudi-Arabia, the "Global Economic Forum", Istanbul/Turkey, and the international conference "Policies for Growth and Financial Stability beyond the Crisis – The Scope for Global Cooperation", Mumbai/India, in 2012 the "Asan Plenum" and "The Economist Bellwether Series Conference", both in Seoul/South Korea, in 2014 the "Greek Government Roundtable" in Athens/Greece and in 2014 as Plenary Speaker the ECOMOD Conference in Bali/Bank of Indonesia.

His main areas of interest are in the fields of international macroeconomics, monetary economics, European integration and applied econometrics.

Handelsblatt-Ranking Volkswirtschaftslehre 2015
Aktuelle Forschungsleistung: ranked 11 out of 3600
Lebenswerk: ranked 60 out of 3600

Repec/Ideas Ranking February 2016:
Germany: ranked 25 out of 3698 (Top 1%)
Europe: ranked 118 out of 24168 (Top 1%)

Ansgar Belke joined IZA as a Research Fellow in January 2004.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11252

For more than two decades now, current-account imbalances are a crucial issue in the international policy debate as they threaten the stability of the world economy. More recently, the government debt crisis of the European Union shows that internal current account imbalances inside a currency union may also add to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10634

The financial crisis led to a deep recession in many industrial countries. While large emerging countries recovered relatively quickly from the financial crisis, their performance deteriorated in the recent years, despite the modest recovery in advanced economies. The higher divergence of business cycles is closely linked to the Chinese transformation....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8453
published as: CEPS Working Document No. 399, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels, September

Member countries of the European Monetary Union (EMU) initiated wide-ranging labor market reforms in the last decade. This process is ongoing as countries that are faced with serious labor market imbalances perceive reforms as the fastest way to restore competitiveness within a currency union. This fosters fears among observers about...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6775
published in: International Economics and Economic Policy, 2014 [Online First]

This paper examines the contemporaneous relationship between the exchange rate regime and structural economic reforms for a sample of CEEC/CIS transition countries. We investigate empirically whether structural reforms are complements or substitutes for monetary commitment in the attempt to improve macroeconomic performance. Both EBRD and EFW data suggest a negative...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6567
published in: International Economics and Economic Policy, 2015, 12, 163-173

This paper investigates the relationship between wealth, ageing and saving behaviour of private households by using pooled cross sections of German consumption survey data. Different components of wealth are distinguished, as their impact on the savings rate is not homogeneous. On average, the effect attributed to real estate dominates the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4483
published in: Economics of Transition, 2011, 19 (4), 667-692

This paper quantifies the impact of incentives related to potential membership on institutional change as measured by the World Bank Governance Indicators (WBGI). Based on a panel of 25 transition countries for the period from 1996 to 2008 we show that pre-accession incentives provided by EU and NATO clearly matter...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3647
published in: Empirica, 2008, 35 (4), 369-389

The purpose of this paper is to assess the implications of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) accession of eight Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) on their share in EMU-12 imports. Overcoming biases related to endogeneity, omitted variables and sample selection, our results indicate that the common currency has...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2547
published in: in: Heise, Michael, Tilly, Richard, Welfens, Paul J.J. (eds.), Integration, Financial Markets and Innovations – 50 Years of EU Dynamics, 2007, 75-108.

This paper deals with potential instabilities in the Eurozone stemming from an insufficient interplay between monetary policy and reform effort on the one hand and the emergence of intra-Euro area divergences on the other. As a first step, we assess the effect of EMU on structural reform and investigate this...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1798
published in: International Finance, 2006, 9 (3), 317-342

We test the significance of the relationship between the exchange rate regime and the degree of structural reforms by estimating panel regressions for a world and an OECD country sample. The empirical results suggest a positive correlation between on the one side the adoption of an exchange rate rule and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1741
published in: Finanzarchiv, 2007, 63 (2), 211-243

This paper empirically investigates the differences in the motives of raising privatisation proceeds for a panel of EU countries from 1990 to 2000. More specifically, we test whether privatisations can be mainly interpreted (a) as ingredients of a larger reform package of economic liberalisation in formerly overregulated economies, (b) as...