Prof. Dennis J. Snower, Ph.D.

President Emeritus

Topics: Labor Market, European Union & Euro, Globalization


Main research interests

  • Welfare State
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Monetary Policy
  • Fiscal Policy
  • Labor Economics

Dennis J. Snower is founder and President of the Global Solutions Initiative and Professor of Macroeconomics and Sustainability at the Hertie School. He was President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and Professor of Economics at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel until February 2019.

He is a non-resident Fellow of Brookings Institution, Senior Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government, Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (London), at IZA (Institute for the Future of Work, Bonn), and CESifo (Munich).

In 2017 Dennis J. Snower has been Co-Chairman of the officially mandated Think 20 Engagement Group (T20), advising the German G20 presidency

Dennis J. Snower earned a BA and MA from New College, Oxford University, an MA and a PhD at Princeton University. Prior to becoming President of the Kiel Institute, he was Professor of Economics at Birkbeck College, University of London.

He is an expert on labor economics, public policy and inflation-unemployment tradeoffs. As part of his research career, he originated the “insider-outsider” theory of employment and unemployment with Assar Lindbeck, the theory of “caring economics” with Tania Singer, the theory of “high-low search” with Steve Alpern, and the “chain reaction theory of unemployment” and the theory of “frictional growth” with Marika Karanassou and Hector Sala. He has made seminal contributions to the design of employment subsidies and welfare accounts. He has published extensively on employment policy, the design of welfare systems, and monetary and fiscal policy, and the role of psychological motivation systems in economic decision making.

He has been a visiting professor at many universities around the world, including Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Harvard, the European University Institute, Stockholm University, and the Vienna Institute of Advanced Studies.

He advises regularly a variety of international organizations and national governments on macroeconomic policy, employment policy and welfare state policy.