Kai A. Konrad

Kai A. Konrad ( born March 11, 1961 in Heidelberg ) is a German economist with a research focus on finance.


Kai Konrad received his doctorate at the University of Munich in 1990 and his habilitation in 1993. He has done research at the Universities of Munich, Bonn, Bergen ( Norway) and the University of California at Irvine and taught. From 1994 to 2009 he was a university professor in the Department of Economics at the Free University of Berlin and from 2001 to 2009 director of the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB ). Since 2009 he is a scientific member of the Max Planck Society from 2009 to 2010 he was a director at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, and he is since 2011 director of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance.

When economists Handelsblatt ranking 2011, which analyzes the research output of economists in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland in terms of the quality of publications since 2004, it reached # 6

Since 2007 he is co-editor of the Journal of Public Economics. He was at times co-author and editor of various other international journals in Economics and Political Science. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Federal Ministry of Finance, from 2007 to 2010 and deputy chairman since 2011 and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board. His areas of research are public finance, microeconomics and New Political Economy. He has written more than 80 articles in international economics and political science journals.

In September 2011, Conrad signed a call to the IFO Institute at the German Economy Minister, Philipp Rösler, in which she gave him in his thoughts on an orderly bankruptcy of Greece backing.

Prizes and awards

Publications ( separate works )

  • Debt without atonement? Why the crash of government finances all hits us, CH Beck 2010, ISBN 978-3-406-60688-5
  • Strategy and Dynamics in Contests, Oxford University Press 2009, ISBN 978-0-199-54960-3
  • As editor with Tim Lohse: Revenue and Fiscal Policy in Europe: challenges and opportunities. Frankfurt 2009, ISBN 978-3-631-59256-4.
  • As editor with Beate Jochimsen: Federalism Commission II: Reorganization of autonomy and responsibility. Frankfurt 2008, ISBN 978-3-631-57585-7.
  • As editor with Beate Jochimsen: The federal government after the Berlin judgment. Frankfurt 2007, ISBN 978-3-631-56299-4.
  • As editor with Beate Jochimsen: Financial crisis in the state. Frankfurt 2006, ISBN 978-3-631-56298-7.
  • Risk productivity and taxation. Munich 1989 ( Munich dissertation, 1990).