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Jakob von Weizsäcker

Jakob von Weizsäcker

Expertise: Migration, ageing and economic development. CV: Download CV

Jakob von Weizsäcker heads the department for economic policy and tourism at the Thuringian Economics Ministry in Erfurt and is a non-resident fellow at Bruegel where he was resident fellow form 2005 to 2010.

He previously worked at the World Bank in Washington (2002-2005) where he was country economist for Tajikistan and the Federal Economics Ministry in Berlin (2001-2002) where he headed the office of a junior minister. Before that, he worked for Vesta, a venture capital firm, and held research positions at the Center for Economic Studies in Munich and CIRED in Paris.

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Aufbruch in die Euro-Union

Aufbruch in die Euro-Union

Warum ohne mehr Integration weitere Krisen drohen. Elf deutsche Ökonomen, Politologen und Juristen – die Glienicker Gruppe – entwickeln Vorschläge für ein vertieftes Europa

By: Guntram B. Wolff, Daniela Schwarzer, Jakob von Weizsäcker and the Glienicker Group Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: October 18, 2013
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Ein magisches Parkhaus

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By: Jakob von Weizsäcker Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: February 15, 2012
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Die Selbstfesselung des Sozialstaats

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By: Jakob von Weizsäcker Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: February 15, 2012
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Düsen für die Entwicklungshilfe?

Jakob von Weizsäcker argues that the call for global taxes to fund additional development assistance is a good idea in principle but might be a flawed in practice since both have a weak lobby. Instead, the additional development assistance should be funded by national budgets and the call to introduce global taxes should be combined […]

By: Jakob von Weizsäcker Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: February 15, 2012
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Der Rentengewinn der Generation enkellos

It is well known that low fertility rates today will lead to lower pay-as-you-go pensions in the future. What is less well known is that lower fertility today increases today‘s pensions since people without children work more and therefore pay higher pension contributions. Jakob von Weizsäcker and Robert Fenge (ifo Institut) estimate that this effect […]

By: Jakob von Weizsäcker Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance, Global Economics & Governance Date: February 15, 2012
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High-skilled Migrants: Welcome to Europe!

Jakob von Weizsäcker explains why Europe should welcome high-skilled immigrants from all parts of the world with open arms. Click here   to download this comment. This comment was also published by Telos.

By: Jakob von Weizsäcker Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance, Global Economics & Governance Date: February 15, 2012
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Welcome to Poland

Jan Szomburg Jr. and Jakob von Weizsäcker argue that encouraging high-skilled immigration, especially from Ukraine and Belarus, would be a winning strategy for Poland. However, a siginificant policy shift would be needed to turn this vision of Poland as a high-skilled immigration country into reality. Click here   to download this comment. This comment was […]

By: Jakob von Weizsäcker Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: February 15, 2012
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Winning over globalisation's losers

Jakob von Weizsäcker and Etienne Wasmer argue for wage insurance and mobility allowance for trade-displaced workers as two simple labour market schemes that can be addressed by the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund. Click here   to download this comment.

By: Jakob von Weizsäcker Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: February 15, 2012
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Wertvolles Kapital

Jakob von Weizsäcker and Nicolas Veron argue that even Chinese and Russian sovereign wealth funds remain mostly unthreatening for the time being. The more they wish to invest abroad in the future, the more they have a stake in behaving themselves in order to still be welcome tomorrow. Therefore, the German government should not rush […]

By: Nicolas Véron and Jakob von Weizsäcker Topic: Finance & Financial Regulation, Global Economics & Governance Date: February 14, 2012
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Gastarbeiter and the Wirtschaftswunder

Jakob von Weizsäcker argues that Gastarbeiter were critical in establishing Germany‘s hugely successful cluster in the car industry. Looking forward, Europe‘s ability to agree on an open immigration policy for high-skilled immigration will be critical for the European knowledge industries to be able to compete. Click here   to download this comment. This comment was […]

By: Jakob von Weizsäcker Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: February 14, 2012
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Galloping grain prices: is liberalisation the answer?

Without agricultural subsidies, grain prices would be higher still. By combining cuts in subsidies with cuts in biofuel targets, liberalisation can benefit EU tax payers and the poor in developing countries alike. Click here   to download this comment in German.

By: Jakob von Weizsäcker Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance, Global Economics & Governance Date: February 14, 2012
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Cheap energy for the poor?

Jakob von Weizsäcker argues that Barroso’s recent suggestion to provide subsidised electricity runs counter the sound principles of the European social model of providing monetary transfers instead of distorting prices. Rather than subsidising energy, the German government should tax nuclear energy if the nuclear phase out is delayed and use part of the proceeds to […]

By: Jakob von Weizsäcker Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: February 14, 2012
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