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)


Since July 2012 Burkhard Heer is Professor of Public Economics at the University of Augsburg . Previously, he was Professor of economics at the University of Bolzano, Italy, (tenured, 2004-2012),  University of Bamberg (Chair of Economic Policy, tenured 2001 - 2012), University of Innsbruck, Austria, (vistsing professor, 2001),  Ludwig-Maximilan University of Munich (visiting professor, 2000-2001), and 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



Recent Publications

“The Age-specific burdens of short-run fluctuations in government spending” (with Christian Scharrer), Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2018, forthcoming, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jedc.2018.01.041

“Cyclical Asset Returns in the Consumption and Investment Good Sector”(with Alfred Maußner and Bernd Süssmuth), Review of Economic Dynamics, 2018, forthcoming, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.red.2017.07.008

“Optimal Pensions in Aging Economies”, B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, 2018, vol. 18(1), 1-19, DOI: 10.1515/bejm-2015-0166

“Aging, the Great Moderation and Business-Cycle Volatility in aLife-Cycle Model” (with Christian Scharrer and Stefan Rohrbacher),Macroeconomic Dynamics, 2017, vol. 21, 362-383.

“The Cash-In-Advance Constraint in Monetary Growth Models with LaborMarket Search” (with Alfred Maußner), Macroeconomic Dynamics, 2015, vol.19(1), 144-166.

“Population, Pensions and Endogenous Economic Growth” (with Andreas Irmen), Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2014, vol. 46, 50-72.

“Tax Bracket Creep and Its Effect on Income Distribution” (with Bernd Süssmuth), Journal of Macroeconomics, 2013, vol. 38, 393-408.

“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.

“The Money-Age Distribution: Empirical Facts and the Limits of Three Monetary Models” (with Alfred Maußner and Paul McNelis), Journal of Macroeconomics, 2011, vol. 33, 390-405.

“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.

“Computation of Business Cycle Models: A Comparison of Numerical Methods” (with Alfred Maussner), Macroeconomic Dynamics, vol. 12, 2008, 641-663.

“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.

“Efficiency and Distribution Effects of a Revenue-neutral Income Tax Reform” (with Mark Trede), Journal of Macroeconomics, vol. 25, 2003, 87-107.

“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.

“The German Unemployment Compensation System: Effects on Aggregate Savings and the Wealth Distribution”, Review of Income and Wealth, vol. 48, 2002, 371-94.

“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.