Lecture by Hans-Werner Sinn, President of Ifo Institute for Economic Research and CEO of CESifo Inc., Germany. Co-sponsored by CIGI and University of Western Ontario. Free public lecture, free parking available.

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About the speaker:

Hans Werner-Sinn is Professor of Economics and Public Finance at the University of Munich. He is President of both CESifo Group and IIPF.

In the 2006 Handelsblatt ranking of German economists Ökonomen-Ranking VWL, based on cross citations of SSCI papers in SSCI journals, Hans-Werner Sinn ranked fourth. In a study by Ursprung and Zimmer, based on SSCI citations per author of the full oeuvre, Sinn ranked second of all German economists, after Nobel laureate Reinhard Selten. In the RePEc database he was the German economist most frequently quoted in academic works in 2006. In a survey conducted by the Financial Times Deutschland among more than 550 German economic experts, Sinn was one of the two professors in Germany (the other was Herbert Giersch to attract a large following of academic pupils, and in terms of political influence he ranked only behind Bert Rürup at the top of the list of German professors.

He received his doctorate (1978) and Habilitation (1983) from the University of Mannheim. His recent publications include “Can Germany be Saved? The Malaise of the World’s First Welfare State”, MIT Press (2007).