Prof. Irwin Collier Ph. D.

2011-07 Collier INET

Institute Director

Economics Department



Lansstrasse 7-9
Room 233
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 838 4 53603

Office hours

Tuesday 10am - 12pm

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Academic Career

1974 BA: Yale College, USA
1984 Ph.D.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
1981 - 1988 Assist. Prof. University of Houston, Texas, USA
1989 Assoc. Prof. University of Houston, Texas, USA
1994 - Professor an der Freien Universität Berlin

Work Experience Beyond Academics

1982 - 1983 Consultant, Die Weltbank
1981 - 1988

Volkswagen International Fellow, Bundesinstitut für ostwissenschaftliche u.internationale Studien, Köln

International Stays

1980 - 1981 Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J., USA
1981 - 1994 University of Houston, Texas, USA 
  CERGE-EI, Prague, Czech Republic
2002 - 2003 Seoul National University, Korea


American Economic Association

Verein für Sozialpolitik

Prof. Collier, Ph.D. in an interview with the "Institute for New Economic Thinking" (INET)


Prof. Collier talked about his research project "The Origin of the Graduate Canon in the United States", which is promoted by the INET Grant Program.

Selected Media Appearances

On CNBC about the plans of the German Grand Coalition, 12/2013

On DW about the criticism of Germany's export success, 11/2013

On Phoenix about the NSA scandal, 10/2013

On DW about the US debt ceiling discussions, 10/2013

On DW about crisis politics lead by women, 09/2013

On CNBC about the economic election platform of the CDU, 06/2013

On Phoenix about a transatlantic free trade agreement, 06/2013

On Phoenix about the crisis of the automotive industry, 01/2013

In "Die Welt" about the reelection of Barack Obama as US President, 11/2012

On Phoenix about the reelection of Barack Obama as US President, 11/2012

On about the reelection of Barack Obama as US President, 11/2012

On the BBC in "Business daily" (Interview with Prof. Collier starts after 10 minutes), 01/2012

On Bloomberg about the political cooperation to solve the European debt crisis, 01/2012

On Bloomberg about the Euro Zone and its current Financial Crisis, 10/2011

On Radio Deutschlandfunk about US healthcare system reforms, 03/2010

Hans Böckler Stiftung, Magazin Mitbestimmung, 12/2009


Selected Publications

"The DM and the Ossi Consumer: Price Indexes During Transition" Journal of Economic Integration 27.2 (2012): 245-273.

"The Unification Bonus (Malus) of East Germans After the Fall of the Berlin Wall" Journal of Economic Integration 27.2 (2012): 222-244.

"Hohe Risikobereitschaft. Innovation als Prozess der kreativen Zerstörung" in Länderprofile. Analysen - Erfahrungen - Trends. Edition USA, Bonn, Gate-Germany, 2010.

"John Stuart Mill’s Nondismal Dynamics: An Interpretive Note” in Erich W. Streissler (ed.) Studien zur Entwicklung der ökonomischen Theorie XIX John Stuart Mill, Berlin, Duncker & Humblot, 2002.

The unification bonus (malus) in postwall Eastern Germany, with Beblo, Miriam and Thomas Knaus, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 01-29, Mannheim, 2001.

“Laudatio for Paul Krugman,” in Ehrenpromotion Paul Krugman, 4. Dezember 1998, Reden und Festvorträge. Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft der Freien Universität Berlin. Published in German translation as the Nachwort to Paul Krugman’s Die Große Rezession, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt/New York., 1999.

“Welfare State Reform: The Gridlock of Social Entitlements,” Chapter 12 of Between Bonn and Berlin: German Politics Adrift? ed. by Mary N. Hampton and Christian Soe. Rowman and Littlefield, 1999.

“Comment on W. Erwin Diewert’s Axiomatic and Economic Approaches to International Comparisons” and “Comment on van Ark et. al. ‘Prices, Quantities and Productivity in Industry: A Study of Transition Economies in a Comparative Perspective.’” In International and Interarea Comparisons of Income, Output, and Prices, ed. By Alan Heston and Robert E. Lipsey, University of Chicago Press, 1999.

Welfare States in Transition, edited by Irwin Collier, Herwig Roggemann, Oliver Scholz and Horst Tomann. Macmillan Press, 1999.

“Comment on Winfried Schmähl's 'Financing Social Security in Germany'” in Globalization, Technological Change, and Labor Markets, ed. by Stanley W. Black. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998.

Articles: “Menger, Carl”, “Stackelberg, Heinrich Frh. von”, and “Stolper, Gustav” in the Deutsche Biographisches Enzyklopädie (DBE) ed. By Walther Killy and Rudolf Vierhaus. Vols. 7 and 9. K.G. Saur, Munich, 1998.

Articles: “Bundesbank”, “Currency, 1871-1990”, and “Taxation, 1870-1990” in Modern Germany: An Encyclopedia of History, People, and Culture, 1871-1990 edited by Dieter K. Buse and Juergen C. Doerr, Garland Publishing , 1998.

“The Twin Curse of the Goddess Europa and the Economic Reconstruction of Eastern Germany,” German Studies Review, Vol. 20, No. 3, October 1997, 399-428.

Rebuilding the German Welfare State" in Germany's New Politics. Edited by D.Conradt et al. Providence. Berghahn Books, 1995.

"German Economic Integration: the Case for Optimism," in M. Huelshoff et al., eds. From Bundesrepublik to Deutschland, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993.

"Instant Integration and Gradual Convergence—Program Notes to the Macroeconomic Drama of German Unification," German Studies Review, May 1993.

"On the First Year of German Monetary, Economic and Social Union," The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Fall 1991.

"The Economic Integration of Post-Wall Germany," with H. Siebert. American Economic Review, May 1991.

"GDR Economic Policy during the Honecker Era," Eastern European Economics, Fall 1990.

"The Measurement and Interpretation of Real Consumption and Purchasing Power Parity for a Quantity Constrained Economy: The Case of East and West Germany, " Economica, February 1989.

"Unemployment in the Soviet Union: Evidence from the Soviet Interview Project" with P. Gregory. American Economic Review, September 1988.

"About Two Marks: The East/West Mark Exchange Rate Before the Berlin Wall" with D. Papell. American Economic Review, June 1988.

"Effective Purchasing Power in a Quantity Constrained Economy: An Estimate for the German Democratic Republic," Review of Economics and Statistics, February 1986.