Gerhard Scherhorn

Gerhard Scherhorn ( born February 21, 1930 in Hannover ) is a German economist.


After an apprenticeship as a bookseller in Hanover, he studied in Cologne and received his doctorate in 1959, Dr. rer. pol. After his habilitation ( Political Economy ) in Cologne 1966, he held teaching and research activities on in Cologne, Hamburg, Stuttgart. He was rector of the School of Economics and Politics in Hamburg. Until his retirement in 1998 he was professor of consumer theory and Consumer Policy at the University of Hohenheim.

From 1996 to 2003 he served as director of the research group " New models of prosperity " at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, then to 2005 he was head of the research group " Sustainable Production and Consumption ", also at the Wuppertal Institute.

In 2010 published Scherhorn responsible for the project group Ethical- Ecological Rating the appeal " Sustainable development needs laws for sustainable competition ". The group has set itself the goal of " civil society, the economy and politics to convince them that the rules governing competition hinders sustainable development, as long as it allows the pursuit of competitive advantages that result from the passing of costs to the environment and society. "

Work focuses on

  • Sustainable lifestyles
  • Work and the Environment
  • Information and service society
  • Informal economic activity
  • Ethically ecological assessment of companies
  • Sustainable Consumption
  • Evolution of markets

Teaching / counseling / Memberships

Publications (selection)

  • Money is to serve, not rule. The Resistible expansion of finance capital. Vienna 2009: PicusVerlag.
  • With Daniel Dahm: Urban subsistence. The second source of prosperity. Munich 2008: oekom publishing.
  • Ethical investment. A plea for consideration of ethical aspects of investment. In: orientations on the economic and social policies of Ludwig Erhard Foundation, Issue 4/ 2008.
  • About efficiency beyond. In: Hartard, Schaffer & Giegrich (ed.), resource efficiency in the context of the sustainability debate. Baden -Baden 2008: Nomos Verlag.
  • Finance capital between greed and responsibility. Journal of Social Economics, 45, 2008 156./157. Consequence, pp. 3-13.
  • Sustainable development: The special responsibility of finance capital, German and English. Erkelenz 2008: Altius -Verlag.
  • Consumer Protection and the theory of the market. In: L.v. Rosenstiel & D. Frey ( ed.), Encyclopedia of Psychology, Volume III D 5: Market psychology, pp. 643-669. Göttingen 2007: Hogrefe.
  • Where is the sustainable consumption? In: M. Hellwig & R. Hemker (ed.), Yearbook on Sustainability, 1, pp. 5-14. Münster 2007: Ecotransfer -Verlag.
  • Sustainable lifestyles: Balance of having and being. In: Ch Beck & W. Fischer ( ed.): To ensure that all can live, pp. 63-82. Erkelenz 2007: Altius publisher.
  • Economic models and settings. In: K. Moser ( ed.), Economic Psychology, pp. 309-336. Heidelberg 2007: Springer Medizin Verlag.
  • The whole of the work. In: E. Lang, C. & J. Busch- Lüty head Müller ( ed.), resubmission urgently: towards an economy of sustainability, pp. 98-120. Munich 2007: Oekom Verlag.
  • What does sustainable development? GAIA, 15, 2006, 94-95.
  • Half-day society for sustainability. In: C. Stahmer & A. Schaffer (ed.), half-day society. Concrete utopia for a sustainable society, pp. 19-33. Baden -Baden 2006: Nomos Verlag.
  • Equal opportunities for capital. In: K. Woltron, H. & A. Knoflacher Rosik - Koelbl (ed.). Paths in the post-capitalism, pp. 79-94. Vienna 2005: Edition Selene.
  • Market and competition among the sustainability goal. Journal of Environmental Policy & Environmental Law, 28, 2005, 135-154.
  • Nature and capital: on the conditions of sustainable management. In: Nature and Culture, 5, 2004, pp. 65-81.
  • What moves in economics? . In: P. Hennicke (ed. ): What can be done, what needs to happen? : For the implementation of sustainability, contributions to a symposium. Wuppertal: Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy 2003, pp. 21-43.
  • With J. Hoffmann: Clean profits: as you are investing your money on ethical and ecological. - Fribourg 2002, Herder.
  • With Ch Weber ( ed. ): Sustainable consumption: on the road to social anchorage. Munich, Ökom -Verl., 2002.
  • The logic of sufficiency. In: M. Linz (ed. ): From nothing to much. Sufficiency part of sustainability. Wuppertal, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy 2002, pp. 15-26.
  • By C. H. Wilts: Weak sustain the earth is destroyed. In: Gaia, 10, 2001, pp. 249-255.
  • Sustainability and capitalism: ethical reflection of economic goals. In: G. Altner ( ed. ): Ethics and Sustainability: Policy Issues and prospects for action in the university agenda process. Frankfurt am Main in 2001, VAS, pp. 134-154.
  • Environmental, labor and consumption: micro-economic aspects of modern consumerism. In: D. Rosenkranz ( ed.): Consumption: sociological, economic and psychological perspectives. - Opladen 2000, Leske Budrich, pp. 283-304.
  • The productive use of free time. In: E. Hildebrandt ( eds.): Reflexive life: the socio-ecological consequences of flexible work. - Berlin 2000, Ed. Sigma, pp. 343-377.
  • With L. Bakker, R. Loske: economy without growth efforts: Chaos or Opportunity? Report on a research project. Berlin 1999, Heinrich Böll Foundation (studies & reports 2)
  • With J. Hoffmann, K. Ott: Ethical criteria for the evaluation of companies: Frankfurt- Hohenheim Guidelines, German and English. Stuttgart 1997, IKO - Verlag for Intercultural Communication.
  • The whole of the goods. In: C.M. Meyer- Abich (ed.): From the tree of the knowledge of the tree of life: holistic thinking of nature in science and industry. - Munich 1997, Beck. Pp. 162-251.
  • Job destruction and environmental degradation have the same cause. Wuppertal: Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy 1997 ( Wuppertal special, 7)
  • Goods prosperity versus time prosperity: on the incompatibility of the material and the intangible concept of productivity. In: B. Biervert ( ed. ): Time in Economics: New Perspectives in theory formation. Frankfurt am Main in 1995, Campus, pp. 147-168.
  • Consumer behavior and changing values ​​. In: M. Henze & G. Kaiser (ed.): Ecology Dialogue: environmental managers and environmentalists talking. Dusseldorf in 1994, Econ, pp. 196-221.
  • The insatiability of needs and the cold star of scarcity. In: B. Biervert ( Ed.): The natural understanding of economics: contributions to the ethical debate in economics. Frankfurt am Main in 1994, Campus, pp. 224-240.
  • Autonomy and empathy: the importance of freedom for responsible action. In: B. Biervert ( Ed.): The human image of economic theory: the nature of man. Frankfurt am Main in 1991, Campus, pp. 153-172.
  • The operability of consumer goods markets. In: M. Irle (Ed.): market psychology as a social science. Göttingen in 1983, Hogrefe, pp. 45-150.
  • Consumer interest and consumer policy. Cologne in 1975, West German publisher.
  • Wanted: The empowered consumer. Dusseldorf 1973 Droste.
  • Sociology of consumption. In: R. King ( Ed. ): Handbook of Social Research, Vol 2, pp. 834-862. Stuttgart 1969, Enke.
  • The competition in the empirical science. In: Hamburger Yearbook for Economic and Social Policy, 14, 1969, 63-86.
  • Need and demand. Berlin in 1959, Duncker & Humblot.