Klaus F. Zimmermann will remain the president of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). The Chairman of the Institute’s Board of Trustees, Prof. Dr. Günter Stock of Schering AG, announced today that Professor Zimmermann has signed a contract extending his term of office by a further five years. “Professor Zimmermann’s decision means that the excellent progress made by the DIW Berlin under his leadership over the last four years can now continue”, Professor Stock said, adding that “this is extremely important in view of the fact that the Institute will be evaluated by the Leibniz Association in autumn 2004”. The DIW Berlin is due for evaluation by the Leibniz Association this October. The assessment will not only regard the scientific quality of the DIW Berlin’s research work, but also the Institute’s internal organisation and the extent to which it makes information available to the wider public. Professor Zimmermann said: “I am extremely pleased by the confidence placed in my work and will do everything in my power to lead the DIW Berlin to the top of the national and international ranks of economic research institutes”. The DIW Berlin’s Advisory Board and Board of Trustees had recently already unanimously applauded the results achieved over the last few years.
Klaus F. Zimmermann, aged 51, has been president of the DIW Berlin since the beginning of 2000 and is the Institute’s seventh president since its foundation. Since 1998 he has been Full Professor of Economics at the University of Bonn and Director of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn. He has been Honorary Professor of Economics at the Free University of Berlin since 2001. Professor Zimmermann is also a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London (CEPR), an Associate Research Fellow of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, a Research Associate of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) at the University of California, San Diego, and a member of the Group of Economic Analysis (GEA) – expert advisors to the president of the European Commission.
Professor Zimmermann studied economics and statistics at the University of Mannheim, where he received his Diplom-Volkswirt (Economics degree), his doctorate and his Habilitation (post-doctoral teaching qualification). From 1989 to 1998 he was Full Professor of Economics specialising in Economic Theory at the University of Munich, and Director of the SELAPO Center for Human Resources in Munich. From 1993 to 1995 he was also Dean of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Munich.
The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) is Germany’s largest economic research institute. The DIW Berlin is an independent and exclusively non-profit institute that carries out basic research and provides advice to economic policy-makers. The Institute was founded in 1925 as the Institute for Business Cycle Research and renamed some years later as the German Institute for Economic Research. It has been located in Berlin since its foundation.
The IZA Bonn is a private, independent economic research institute that carries out research on national and international labour markets. Operating as a non-profit limited company, it is sponsored by the Deutsche Post Foundation.