Rainer Münz was a Non-Resident Fellow at Bruegel. He is now a special adviser on Migration and Demography at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC). Rainer was also Head of Research & Knowledge Center at Erste Group, a major retail bank, and Senior Fellow at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).
He is an expert on population change, international migration and demographic aging, their economic impact and their implications for retail banking and social security systems. He studied at Vienna University, where he earned his PhD in 1978. In 1979 he joined the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Until 1992 he was director of the Institute of Demography at the Austrian Academy of Science. Between 1992 and 2003 he was head of the Department of Demography at Humboldt University, Berlin. He was visiting professor at the Universities of Bamberg (1986), University of California at Berkeley (1986, 1989, 1997-98), Frankfurt (1988), Klagenfurt (1996, 1998), Vienna (2001-02) and Zurich (1992). He was also a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of the Mathematics of Finance, Vienna Technical University (2001-2002). Since 2010 he teaches at the University of St. Gallen (HSG).
In addittion to his academic positions, Rainer Münz has worked as a consultant for the European Commission, the OECD and the World Bank. He served as an advisor to the Greek (2003), Dutch (2004) and Slovene (2008) EU presidencies. In 2000-01 he was a member of the German commission on immigration reform (Süssmuth commission). Between 2008 and 2010 he was a Member of the high level “Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030” of the European Union (so-called EU “Group of the Wise”).
Rainer Münz is a member of several boards and advisory boards; among them: Center for Migration, Integration and Citizenship at Oxford University (COMPAS, Oxford, UK), European Policy Centre (Brussels), European Forum Alpbach, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (Vienna), International Metropolis Project (Ottawa – Amsterdam), International Organization for Migration (IOM, Geneva), SOT Accountants (Vienna-Graz-Munich), STUWO AG (Vienna), Vienna City Museum, and the World Demographic and Aging Forum (WDA, St. Gallen).