Leibniz Institute for Economic Research
RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research is a leading center for economic research and evidence-based policy advice in Germany. Through its research work, RWI provides information on economic developments and their underlying catalysts, and it supports rational economic policy decision-making and fosters economic literacy among the wider public.
In the department „Environment and Resources“ RWI researchers conduct several unique energy consumption surveys for the exploration of individual energy consumption and mobility behavior based on panel data sets and methods. Energy demand forecast analyses for households and the mobility sector are also part of the research portfolio as well as the analysis of rebound effects. Furthermore, the department conducts research on nudging based on micro-econometric evaluation methods, such as randomized control trials and largescale field experiments.
Prof. Christoph M. Schmidt
Christoph M. Schmidt, born in 1962, studied economics at the University of Mannheim, Germany, where he received his degree as Diplom-Volkswirt in 1987, at Princeton University, where he received his M.A. in 1989 and his Ph.D. in 1991, and at the University of Munich, where he received the degree of Dr. rer. pol. habil. in 1995.
Since 2002 he is president of RWI and professor at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Since 2009 he is member of the German Council of Economic Experts, since March 2013 he is chairman of the Council. Between 2011 and 2013 he was a member of the Enquete-Commission “Wachstum, Wohlstand, Lebensqualität” (“Growth, Welfare, Quality of Live”) of the German Bundestag, since June 2011 he is member of acatech – Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften. Since 2013 he is chairperson of the board of trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich. Since June 2016 he is member of the advisory scientific council of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. Since November 2017 he is Member of the OECD International Network on Financial Education (INFE) Research Commitee.
From 1995 to 2002 he taught econometrics and labor economics as a Full Professor at the University of Heidelberg. Schmidt was awarded a Princeton University Fellowship, 1987-1990, the Alfred P. Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 1990-1991, and was a fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) 1992-1995. Since 1992, he has been a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR London), since 1996 a CEPR Research Fellow, and since 1998 he is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn. In 2016 he won the Gustav-Stolper-Award of the Verein für Socialpolitik.
He served as an Editor of the German Economic Review and was an editor of the Journal of Population Economics. He published articles in journals such as The Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Public Economics.
Applied econometrics and a broad spectrum of topics of economic policy, specifically macroeconomics, energy, health and labor.