Prof. Stefan Kooths, born in 1969, is Professor of Economics and Coordinator of the Economics program at Berlin Campus.
Alongside teaching he has been active for over 10 years in applied economic research and political consultancy. He has taken a leading role in overseeing numerous consultancy projects and expert opinions both domestically and abroad for governments, international organizations, and companies. He regularly voices his opinions on the pressing questions on economic policies and always addresses the wider public with suggestions and counsel.
The eminent economic researcher is free from microeconomic or macroeconomic narrow-mindedness. He advocates a process-oriented paradigm, which focuses on the dynamic coordination efficiency of economic systems, and not to be blinded by lopsided demand-side or supply-side views. He has little time for economic theories that restrict entrepreneurial actions. Besides business cycle analysis and economic forecasting, his main areas of interest cover monetary systems, international economic relations, Ordnungsökonomik (institutional economics), and, in the field of applied methodology, computational economics (in particular soft computing and decision-support systems). He is a member of the Friedrich August v. Hayek-Gesellschaft and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Prometheus Institute.
Growing up in West Germany as a child of a refugee family from Brandenburg, clash of systems was not an abstract discourse for him, but an experience grounded in reality during his childhood and youth. He became interested in economic correlations early and has never let that fascination go, seeing that an order of wealth can arise from decentralized coordination and smart regulations, whereas centralized planning and collectivism lead to economic chaos. His academic background with a strong influence of institutional economics and the tradition of the Austrian School of Economics was formed at the University of Münster. At Münster he studied Economics as a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation and was awarded a doctorate summa cum laude in 1998. Following on, he became a research associate at Institut für industriewirtschaftliche Forschung (Institute for Industry Research) then as the Managing Director of the Muenster Institute for Computational Economics. He has spent time as a visiting scholar at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and at Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) among others. From 2005 onwards, he has switched to applied economic research and joined the Department of Macro Analysis and Forecasting at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW), and five years later, he moved to the prestigious Kiel Institute for the World Economy, not least because of the institute’s focus on global economic affairs.
He lives in Kiel and in Berlin, and is a member of Hertha BSC.
Since 2014: Head of Forecasting Center at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Since 2013: Professor of Economics at University of Applied Sciences Europe (UE) at Campus Berlin
2010 – 2014: Researcher (since 2012 Deputy Head) at the Forecasting Center and Berlin Office of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
2005 – 2010: Research Director of the Department of Macro Analysis and Forecasting at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
Since 2004: Partner and Chief Software Architect, infratelligence Kooths/Ringhut GbR
2001 – 2005: Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Economics program at UE Iserlohn
1998 – 2005: Research Assistant, University of Münster, since 2002 Managing Director of Muenster Institute for Computational Economics, visiting scholar and research visits in Paris (Paris II) and Pomona (Cal Poly)
1993 – 1998: Research Assistant, Institut für industriewirtschaftliche Forschung (Institute for Industry Research), University of Münster; 1995-1997: Recipient of doctoral scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation; 1998: Awarded doctorate (Dr. rer. Pol.), thesis prize of the University of Münster.
1992: German-Austrian University Software Prize
1988 – 1993: Studied Economics at the University of Münster, scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation; 1993: Graduated as Diplom-Volkswirt (graduate economist)