Economics of change
Professor Steffen Huck has accepted the position of director of the new WZB “Economics of Change” department. The focus of the economist’s work is human behavior related to decisions, to markets and in social relationships. As WZB director, Huck will also remain professor at the University College London.
Under Steffen Huck’s direction the department will examine social and economic change. Three questions direct the examination: How does economic change work? Here the focus is on the protagonists, dynamics and general framework. How can change be steered? Guidelines for politics, civil society and consumers are sought. How can one prepare for change? The goal is to develop strategies for dealing with the dramatic challenges of change, for example new alternatives in medicine or climate catastrophe.
Steffen Huck studied in Frankfurt am Main and received his Ph.D. in 1996 from the Berlin Humboldt-Universität. After completing his postdoctoral dissertation in 2000, he has been teaching and conducting research in London, first at the Royal Holloway Department of Economics at University of London and since 2002 at University College. In addition to other distinctions, Steffen Huck received the prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize in Economics in 2004. At the WZB his department, as the second economic sciences research unit with the department of Behavior in Markets directed by Dorothea Kübler, will form the core of research on markets and politics. Both departments work frequently with experiments.
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