Marcel Fratzscher

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Marcel Fratzscher
2017 Kurt-Rothschild-Preisverleihung (36659991404).jpg
Fratzscher in 2017
Born (1971-01-25) January 25, 1971 (age 49)
InstitutionDIW Berlin
Humboldt-University of Berlin
FieldInternational economics
Alma materEuropean University Institute
Harvard University
University of Oxford
InfluencesBarry Eichengreen
Axel A. Weber
Information at IDEAS / RePEc
Parents: Marion Fratzscher, Guenther Fratzscher (deceased); sibling: Oliver Fratzscher, Daniel Fratzscher

Marcel Fratzscher (born January 25, 1971) is a German economist and professor at Humboldt-University of Berlin. Since February 2013 he has been president of the Berlin-based economic research institute DIW Berlin.[1] He was previously head of International Policy Analysis at the European Central Bank. He also teaches International Finance in the Ph.D. programme in Economics at Goethe University Frankfurt.


Fratzscher holds a Vordiplom degree from the University of Kiel, a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Trinity College, Oxford, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. During the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, Fratzscher coincidentally worked at the Harvard Center for International Development in Jakarta, Indonesia giving him a close up view of a country affected by the crisis.


His field of interests include macroeconomics and monetary economics, in particular the economic effects of central bank announcements.[2]

In 2013, Fratzscher was named member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Technology.[3] Later that year, he joined Henrik Enderlein, Clemens Fuest, Jakob von Weizsäcker and others in founding the Glienicker Gruppe, a group of pro-European lawyers, economists and political scientists.[4]


His book on inequality (Verteilungskampf: Warum Deutschland immer ungleicher wird) was based on an OECD study which claimed that inequality reduces economic growth. The study was questioned by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research.[5]

Other activities[edit]


  1. ^ "M.F. neuer Chef des DIW werden", Handelsblatt
  2. ^ Storbeck, Olaf (March 2, 2008), "Marcel Fratzscher – krisenerprobter Notenbank-Ökonom", Handelsblatt
  3. ^ Professorin Christina Gathmann und Professor Marcel Fratzscher in Wissenschaftlichen Beirat beim BMWi berufen Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Technology, press release of July 31, 2013.
  4. ^ Mobil, gerecht, einig Glienicker Brücke.
  5. ^ Dietrich Creutzburg (22 March 2016). "Einkommensunterschiede schaden nicht". Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  6. ^ Board of Trustees Welcomes Two New Members Hertie School of Governance, press release of March 24, 2016.
  7. ^ Global Fiscal Systems: From Crisis to Sustainability World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Public Finance and Social Protection Systems, May 2016.
  8. ^ Board of Trustees "Deutschland rundet auf", press release of December 5, 2017.

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