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Director Policy Crossover Center: Vienna - Europe
1090 Wien, Rotenhausgasse 6 (c/o ÖGfE, Sekretariat Maxine Amstätter) Tel.: +43 1 5334999-26
E-Mail: Karl.Aiginger@querdenkereuropa.at
Professor of Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Economics
Director WIFO from 2005 to 2016
Editor: Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade (JICT), jointly with Marcel Canoy
Coordinator of the research project "WWWforEurope – a new growth path for Europe" from April 2012 to March 2016

Personal Data

Born: October 23rd 1948, Vienna
Married to Elsa Aiginger
Children: Thomas (*1979), Philipp (*1984)


Economics at the University of Vienna (1966-1970)
Dissertation: Entrepreneurial Decision Making (1974)
Purdue University, Indiana, USA (1978)
Habilitation: Production Theory under Uncertainty (1984)

Employment Record

Economist at WIFO (since 1970)
Managing Editor of Empirica - Austrian Economic Papers (1975-1992)
Visiting Professor at Stanford University, CA, USA (1982)
Deputy Director at WIFO (1984-1987)
Visiting Professor at MIT, Boston, Mass., USA (1991)
Visiting Professor at UCLA, Cal., USA (1997)
Professor at the University of Linz, Austria (since 1992: Guest Professor, Honorary Professor); Industrial Economics & Economic Strategy
Supervising Board of OIAG (Holding Company of industrial firms) (1993-2000)
Deputy Director at WIFO (1996-1998)
Professor at GSB and IIS, Stanford University (2002)
Deputy Director at WIFO (2002-2005)
WIFO director from 2005 to 2016
Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria (since 2006)

Key areas of research

European and national economic strategy and policy
Competitiveness of firms, industries, countries
Industrial Economics and Industrial Policy

Other fields of activities

Lecturing at University of Vienna, University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Technical University, Vienna, University of Hunan (China), Webster University
Editorial Board of Empirica: Journal of European Economics; Competitiveness Review

Referee for

Economic Journal
European Economic Review
Journal of Industrial Economics
Journal of Small Business Economics
Journal of Economics
Journal of Empirical Economics
International Journal of Industrial Organization
Empirica - Austrian Economic Papers

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Prof. Karl Aiginger

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)

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Email: Karl.Aiginger[at]wifo.ac.at

Last Update: 02/19/18