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Research Unit: Market Processes and Governance

Kai A. Konrad

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Kai A. Konrad
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Contact and Vita

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin

Kai A. Konrad is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law and continues at the WZB as Research Professor and head of the project "The Future of Fiscal Federalism". Between 2001 and 2009, he was Director of the research unit "Market Processes and Governance".


Date and place of birth

March 11, 1961  Heidelberg, Germany


Academic degrees

Diplom-Volkswirt (equiv. MA)  Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg  December 18, 1985
Doctor oec.publ. (equiv. Ph.D. in Economics)  Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich  June 20, 1990 
Doctor rer.pol.habil. and venia legendi in Economics  Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich  July 28, 1993

Principal current positions

Director at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law and
Research Professor "The Future of Fiscal Federalism"

Past full or part time positions

Research and Teaching Fellow  Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany  Mar. 1986 – Aug. 1990
Senior Lecturer  Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany  Sep. 1990 – Jun. 1994
Lecturer  Department of Economics, University of California, Irvine, USA  Dec. 1990 – Dec. 1991
Full Professor of Economics  Institute of Public Finance, Free University of Berlin, Germany  Jul. 1994 – Jul. 2009
Professor (II) of Economics  University of Bergen, Norway  Aug. 1994 – Jul. 2000
Director  |  Unit Market Processes and Governance, Social Science Research Center (WZB), Germany  |  Jan. 2001 – Jul. 2009


University of Munich, prize for doctoral dissertation  1990
University of Munich, prize for habilitation thesis  1994
Research Fellowships NAVF, Norway  1990, 1992, 1994
Gossen-Prize 2000 of the German Economic Association  2000

Economic expert advice

Expert of the federal government for the international conference of the government "Progressive Governance for the 21st Century"  June 2-3, 2000, Berlin
Appointed expert for the commission of the parliament (Bundestag) and the upper chamber (Bundesrat) for modernisating fiscal relations within Germany  June 22, 2007, Berlin
Vice chairman of the Council of Scientific Advisors to the Ministry of Finance  2007-

Network activities

CEPR Fellow  1994-
CESifo Fellow  1999-
IZA Fellow  1999-
International Affiliate, Center for the Study of Democracy at UCI  2003-
International Research Fellow, Oxford University Center for Business Taxation  2009-

Wissenschaftlicher Beirat beim Bundesministerium der Finanzen (Council of Scientific Advisors to the Ministry of Finance)  1999-

CESifo Area Coordinator, Research Area "Employment and Social Protection"  2004-

Learned Societies
      American Economic Association
      International Institute of Public Finance
      Verein für Socialpolitik, Council  elected member  1999-2002

Editorial services

Journal of Public Economics  |  Co-editor  7/2007-

CESifo Economic Studies  Associate Editor  2001-
Economic Policy  |  Managing Editor  1998-2000  ||  Panel Member  1998, 2001
Economics of Governance  |  Founding Co-editor  2000-2007  ||  Associate Editor  2007-
European Journal of Political Economy  Editorial Board  1997-1998, 2007-2009
Finanzwissenschaftliche Schriften (Peter Lang Verlag)  Co-editor  2002-
Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance Theory  |  Associate Editor  1995-
Journal of Conflict Resolution  |  Associate Editor  2010-
Journal of Population Economics  |  Associate Editor  2001- 
Journal of Public Economics  |  Associate Editor  2003-2007 
Regional Science and Urban Economics  |  Associate Editor  2005-

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Recent publications (selection)


Journal articles

Self-enforcing norms and efficient non-cooperative collective action in the provision of public goods (with Wolfgang Leininger), Public Choice (forthcoming)

Love and taxes and matching institutions (with Kjell Erik Lommerud), Canadian Journal of Economics (forthcoming)

Contests with stochastic abilities (with Dan Kovenock), Economic Inquiry, 48(1), 2010, 89-103



Journal articles

Competition for FDI with vintage investment and agglomeration advantages (with Dan Kovenock), Journal of International Economics, 79, 2009, 230-237

The alliance formation puzzle and capacity constraints (with Dan Kovenock), Economics Letters, 103(2), 2009, 84-86

Non-binding minimum taxes may foster tax competition, Economics Letters, 102(2), 2009, 109-111

Multi-battle contests (with Dan Kovenock), Games and Economic Behavior, 66, 2009, 256-274

Federalism, weak institutions and the competition for foreign direct investment (with Sebastian Kessing and Christos Kotsogiannis), International Tax and Public Finance, 16(1), 2009, 105-123


Books and other papers

Investing in regimes with stationary or roving bandits, in: Gregory D. Hess (ed.), Guns and Butter: The Economic Causes and Consequences of Conflict, 2009, MIT Press, 99-121

Strategy and Dynamics in Contests, 2009, Oxford University Press

Einnahmen- und Steuerpolitik in Europa: Herausforderungen und Chancen (co-edited with Tim Lohse), 2009, Peter Lang Verlag

Stellungnahme zur öffentlichen Anhörung zum Gesetzentwurf der Fraktionen der CDU/CSU und SPD für die Kommission von Bundestag und Bundesrat zur Modernisierung der Bund-Länder-Finanzbeziehungen, 4. Mai 2009



Journal articles

Mobile tax base as a global common, International Tax and Public Finance, 15(4), 2008, 395-414

Fragmented property rights and incentives for R&D (with Derek Clark), Management Science, 54(5), 2008, 969-981

Time consistency and bureaucratic budget competition (with Sebastian Kessing), Economic Journal, 118(January), 2008, 1-15


Books and other papers

Forty years of research on rent seeking: An overview (with Roger D. Congleton and Arye Hillman), in: Roger D. Congleton, Kai A. Konrad and Arye L. Hillman (eds.), 40 Years of Research on Rent Seeking (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2), 2008, Springer, 1-42

40 Years of Research on Rent Seeking (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) (co-edited with Roger D. Congleton and Arye L. Hillman), 2008, Springer

Verschuldungsautonomie und Schuldenselbstverantwortung, Kritische Vierteljahresschrift für Gesetzgebung und Rechtswissenschaft, 91, 2008, 157-170

Föderalismusreform: Effizienz oder Verteilung?, Ifo-Schnelldienst, 61, 9/2008, 5-6

Mergers without cost advantages (with Steffen Huck and Wieland Müller), in: Wayne Dale Collins (ed.), Issues in Competition Law and Policy, 2008, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, 1575-1587

Föderalismuskommission II: Neuordnung von Autonomie und Verantwortung (co-edited with Beate Jochimsen), 2008, Peter Lang Verlag

Überlegungen zur "Goldenen Regel" zur Schuldenbegrenzung, in: Kai A. Konrad and Beate Jochimsen (eds.), Föderalismuskommission II: Neuordnung von Autonomie und Verantwortung, 2008, Peter Lang Verlag, 77-89



Journal articles

Succession rules and leadership rents (with Stergios Skaperdas), Journal of Conflict Resolution, 51, 2007, 622-645

Asymmetric conflict: Weakest link against best shot (with Derek J. Clark), Journal of Conflict Resolution, 51(3), 2007, 457-469

The generalized Stackelberg equilibrium of the all-pay auction with complete information (with Wolfgang Leininger), Review of Economic Design, 11(2), 2007, 165-174

Foreign direct investment and the dark side of decentralisation (with Sebastian Kessing and Christos Kotsogiannis), Economic Policy, 49, 2007, 5-70 

Contests with multi-tasking (with Derek J. Clark), Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 109(2), 2007, 303-319 

The merger paradox and why aspiration levels let it fail in the laboratory (with Steffen Huck, Hans-Theo Normann and Wieland Müller), Economic Journal, 117(522), 2007, 1073-1095


Books and other papers

Vorschläge zur wirksamen Verschuldungsbegrenzung der Länder, Wirtschaftdienst, 87(9), 2007, 581-585

Institutions and Norms in Economic Development (co-edited with Mark Gradstein), 2007, MIT Press

The development puzzle (with Mark Gradstein), in: Mark Gradstein and Kai A. Konrad (eds.), Institutions and Norms in Economic Development, 2007, MIT Press, 3-18

Der Föderalstaat nach dem Berlin-Urteil (co-edited with Beate Jochimsen), 2007, Peter Lang Verlag

Ein Ausweg aus der bundesstaatlichen Haftungsverflechtung, in: Kai A. Konrad and Beate Jochimsen (eds.), Der Föderalstaat nach dem Berlin-Urteil, 2007, Peter Lang Verlag, 155-169



Journal articles

Federal tax autonomy and the limits of cooperation (with Sebastian Kessing and Christos Kotsogiannis), Journal of Urban Economics, 59, 2006, 317-329 

Silent interests and all pay auctions, International Journal of Industrial Organization, 24, 2006, 701-713 

Education, redistributive taxation and confidence (with Amedeo Spadaro), Journal of Public Economics, 90, 2006, 171-188 

Union strategy and optimal direct taxation (with Sebastian G. Kessing), Journal of Public Economics, 90(2), 2006, 393-402 


Books and other papers 

Finanzkrise im Bundesstaat (co-edited with Beate Jochimsen), 2006, Peter Lang Verlag, 2. Auflage 2007

Anreize statt Haushaltsnotlagen (with Beate Jochimsen), in: Kai A. Konrad and Beate Jochimsen (eds.), Finanzkrise im Bundesstaat, 2006, Peter Lang Verlag, 11-28

Re-regulierung der liberalisierten Energiemärkte in Europa, Koreferat zum Referat C.C. von Weizäcker, in: Wolfgang Franz,Hans Jürgen Ramser and Manfrad Stadler (eds.), Umwelt und Energie, Mohr Siebeck, 2006, 285-289

Wann sind öffentliche Haushalte überschuldet, und wie lassen sich Haushaltsnotlagen bewältigen? (with Beate Jochimsen), Orientierungen zur Wirtschafts- und Gesellschaftspoltik, 108, Juni 2006, 12-16



Journal articles

Moral cost, commitment, and committee size (with Steffen Huck), Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 161(4), 2005, 575-588

Easy targets and the timing of conflict (with Helmut Bester), Journal of Theoretical Politics, 17(2), 2005, 199-215 


Books and other papers 

Bildung, Besteuerung und internationale Mobilität (with Frederik Andersson), in: Ulrich Becker and Wolfgang Schön (eds.), Steuer- und Sozialstaat im europäischen Systemwettbewerb, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, 2005, 75-92

Zur Berücksichtigung von Kindern bei umlagefinanzierter Alterssicherung (with Wolfram Richter), Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, 6(1), 2005, 115-130

Konjunkturpolitik kann Strukturpolitik nicht ersetzen (with Sebastian G. Kessing), WeltTrends ,47, Bd. 13, 2005, 111-114



Journal articles

Bidding in hierarchies, European Economic Review, 48, 2004, 1301-1308  

The investment problem in terrorism, Economica, 71(283), August 2004, 449-459 

Delegation in first-price all-pay auctions (with  Wolfgang Peters and Karl Wärneryd), Managerial and Decision Economics, 25(5), 2004, 283-290  

Merger profitability and trade policy (with Steffen Huck), Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 106(1), 2004, 107-122  

Inverse campaigning, Economic Journal, 114(492), 2004, 69-82 

Delay in contests (with Helmut Bester), European Economic Review, 48, 2004, 1169-1178 

Profitable horizontal mergers without cost advantages: The role of internal organization, information and market structure (with Steffen Huck and Wieland Müller), Economica, 71, 2004, 575-587 

Altruism and envy in contests: an evolutionary stable symbiosis, Social Choice and Welfare, 22, 2004, 479-490 


Books and other papers 

Mobilität in mehrstufigen Ausbildungsturnieren, in: Wolfgang Franz, Hans Jürgen Ramser and Manfred Stadler (eds.), Bildung, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, 2004, 67-81

Kein Konsens für das Klima, Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft & Wissenschaft, 3/2004, 38-39



Journal articles

Strategic trade policy and the home bias in firm ownership structure (with Steffen Huck), Japan and the World Economy, 15(3), 2003, 299-305 

Human capital investment and globalization in extortionary states (with Fredrik Andersson), Journal of Public Economics, 87/7-8, 2003, 1539-1555 


Books and other papers

Kai A. Konrad and Amihai Glazer (eds.), Conflict and Governance, 2003, Springer

The wide importance of conflict (with Amihai Glazer), in: Amihai Glazer and Kai A. Konrad (eds.), Conflict and Governance, Springer-Verlag, 2003, 2-6

Soll Europa mit einer Stimme sprechen? in: Klaus Adam and Wolfgang Franz (eds.), Instrumente der Finanzpolitik, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Frankfurt, 2003, 156-164

Taxation and education investment in the tertiary sector (with Fredrik Andersson), in: Torben Andersen and Per Molander (eds.), Alternatives for Welfare Policy, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2003, 311-333. Schwedische Übersetzung: Beskattning och inveteringar i högre utbilding (with Fredrik Andersson), in: Per Molander and Torben M. Andersen (eds.), Alternativ i Välfärdspolitiken, 2002, 181-195

Fiscal federalism and risk sharing in Germany: the role of size differences (with Helmut Seitz), in: Sijbren Cnossen and Hans-Werner Sinn (eds.), Public Finance and Public Policy in the New Century, MIT Press, 2003, 469-489

Sufficient consensus (comment), Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 159, 2003, 225-228

Europäische Verfassungsreform: Wider ein Zuviel an Entscheidungskompetenzen, in: Klaus F. Zimmermann (ed.), Reformen – jetzt! So geht es mit Deutschland wieder aufwärts, Betriebswirtschaftlicher Verlag Dr. Th. Gabler, 2003, 161-169

Bürgerversicherung nicht sinnvoll. Zur Finanzreform der GKV, WZB-Mitteilungen, H. 102, 2003,



Journal articles

Geography of the family (with Harald Künemund, Kjell Erik Lommmerud and Julio Robledo), American Economic Review, 92(4), 2002, 981-998 

Investment in the absence of property rights: the role of incumbency advantages, European Economic Review, 46(8), 2002, 1521-1537 


Books and other papers 

Reform of the public pension system in Germany (with Gert Wagner), in: Toshihiro Ihori and Toshiaki Tachibanaki (eds.), Social Security Reform in Advanced Countries, Routledge, 2002, 188-205

Unternehmensfusionen und strategische Außenhandelspolitik (with Steffen Huck), in: Wolfgang Franz, Hans-Jürgen Ramser and Manfred Stadler, Fusionen, Mohr-Siebeck, 2002, 181-199

Comment on: Anatomy of employment growth, Economic Policy, 17(34), 2002, 106-108

Human capital and the "New Enterprise", in: Gerhard Schröder (ed.), Progressive Governance for the XXI Century, C.H. Beck, 2002, 171-180



Journal articles

Big fish eat small fish: On merger in Stackelberg markets (with Steffen Huck and Wieland Müller), Economics Letters, 73(2), 2001, 213-217  

Divisionalization in contests (with Steffen Huck and Wieland Müller), Economics Letters, 70(1), 2001, 89-93 

Privacy, time consistent optimal labor income taxation and education policy, Journal of Public Economics, 79(3), 2001, 503-519   

Orchestrating rent seeking contests (with Mark Gradstein), Economic Journal, 109 (no. 458), 1999 (October), 536-545. Reprinted in: A. Lockard and G. Tullock (ed.), 2001, Efficient Rent Seeking, Boston, Kluwer  

Foreign direct investment, intra-firm trade and ownership structure (with Kjell Erik Lommerud), European Economic Review, 45, 2001, 475-494 


Books and other papers

Besteuerung und Humankapitalinvestitionen im tertiären Bildungssektor, in: Lars-Hendrik Röller and Christian Wey (eds.), Die Soziale Marktwirtschaft in der neuen Weltwirtschaft, Jahrbuch 2001, edition sigma, 91-107

Comment on: The political economy of direct legislation: direct democracy and local decision making, Economic Policy, 33, 2001, 363-364



Journal articles

Sabotage in Rent-seeking contests, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, 16(1), 2000, 155-165   

The bargaining family revisited (with Kjell Erik Lommerud), Canadian Journal of Economics, 33(2), 2000, 471-487   

Trade contests, Journal of International Economics, 51(2), 2000, 317-334   

Spatial contests, International Journal of Industrial Organization, 18(6), 2000, 965-974 


Books and other papers

Risiko und Steuern (with Wolfgang Buchholz), in: Norbert Andel (ed.), Probleme der Besteuerung III, Duncker und Humblot, Berlin, 2000, 63-139

Korreferat zu "Chancengleichheitspolitik" von H.P.Grüner, in: Wolfgang Franz, Helmut Hesse, Hans Jürgen Ramser and Manfred Stadler (eds.), Ökonomische Analyse von Verträgen, Mohr Siebeck, 2000, 361-366

Editors' introduction (with Amihai Glazer), Economics of Governance, 1(1), 2000, 1-2


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