Prof. Dr. Achim Truger

Achim Truger was appointed to the German Council of Economic Experts in March 2019. Since April 2019, he has been Professor of Socioeconomics, with a focus on government activity and public finances, at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

He studied economics at the University of Cologne. After graduating, he worked there as a research assistant at the Department of Finance and at the Research Institute of Finance. In 1997 he received his doctorate with a methodological dissertation on "New Public Finance". He then worked as head of the "Tax and Financial Policy" department at the Hans Böckler Foundation in Düsseldorf - first at the Institute of Economics and Social Sciences (WSI) and then at the Institute for Macroeconomics and Economic Research (IMK). From 2012 to 2019 he has been Professor of Economics, in particular Macroeconomics and Economic Policy, at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR). From 2015 to 2017 he was Vice Dean of the Department of Economics at the HWR. He has been a Senior Research Fellow at IMK since 2014.

Achim Truger has researched and published in numerous fields of macroeconomic policy and finance and is engaged in scientific policy consulting for governments, parliaments, trade unions and NGOs from the international to the local level. In 2015, he won the Progressive Economy Award of the Socialist and Democrat Group in the European Parliament for a proposal on the active use of fiscal space in the EU.

Our society is facing immense challenges: Digitisation, preservation of democracy, gender justice, globalisation, climate change, economic inequality and insecurity. I see economics as an enabling science that can make a significant contribution to the search for answers to pressing problems. The modern economy is very diverse in terms of economic policy.