Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät


Prof. Dr. Burkhard Heer


Head of Chair

E-mail: burkhard.heer@wiwi.uni-augsburg.de
Tel.: +49 (0)821 598 - 4180
Room: FW 2417
Office hours: Monday, 3:30 - 4:30 (pm)


Burkhard Heer is Professor of Public Economics at the University of Augsburg since July 2012. Previously. he was Professor of economics at the University of Bolzano, Italy, (tenured, 2004-2012), The University of Bamberg (Chair of Economic Policy, tenured 2001 - 2012), the University of Innsbruck, Austria, (vistsing professor, 2001), The Ludwig-Maximilan University of Munich (visiting professor, 2000-2001), and the University of Cologne (assistant professor, 1996-2000). Burkhard Heer received his Phd in Economics from the University of Cologne, Germany, in 1996. He was Visiting scholar at various institutions including Georgetown University, Stanford University, University of Quebec at Montreal, and University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, and a summer intern at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.. Burkhard Heer is also affiliated with the Center for Economic Studies (CESifo), Munich. In 2010 and 2011, the German newspaper "Handelsblatt" ranked him among the top 100 German professors outside Germany.


Research Areas

Optimal Taxation, Social Insurance, Distribution Macroeconomics, Business Cycles, Dynamic Stochastic Equilibrium Modeling



Selected Publications

“Unemployment and Debt Dynamics in a Highly Indebted Small Open Economy” (with Stefan F. Schubert), Journal of International Money and Finance, 2012, vol. 31, 1392-1413.

“The Burden of Unanticipated Inflation: Analysis of an Overlapping Generations Model with Progressive Income Taxation and Staggered Prices” (with Alfred Maussner), Macroeconomic Dynamics, 2012, vol. 16, 278-308.

“Inflation and Output Dynamics in a Model with Labor Market Search and Capital Accumulation” (with Alfred Maussner), Review of Economic Dynamics, vol. 12, 2010, 654-686.

“Effects of Inflation on Wealth Distribution: Do Stock Market Participation Fees and Capital Income Taxation Matter?” (with Bernd Süssmuth), Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, vol. 31, 2007, 277-303.

“Welfare costs of inflation in a dynamic economy with search unemployment”, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, vol. 28, 2003, 255-72.

“Employment and Welfare Effects of a Two-Tier Unemployment Compensation System”, International Tax and Public Finance, vol. 10, 2003, 147-68.

“Wealth Distribution and Optimal Inheritance Taxation in Life-Cycle Economies”, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, vol. 103, 2001, 445-65.

“Optimal flat-rate taxes on capital - a re-examination of Lucas' supply side model” (with Hans Peter Grüner), Oxford Economic Papers, vol. 52, 2000, 289-305.