Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Economic Theory II (Macro)

Economic Theory II

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Professor Michael C. Burda, PhD

Spandauer Straße 1
D-10178 Berlin
Office: Room 127a
Tel:  +49 30 2093 99562
Fax: +49 30 2093 99561

Office hours:
Mondays from 10 am - 12 (noon) in room 218

How to find us

At the Institute of Economic Theory II, we apply economic theory to current issues in macroeconomics, labor markets and European integration. This page directs you to more information regarding our work, teaching and research. For contact information as well as information on current employment opportunities, please consult the link team.


HU participates in an nationwide survey of the DZHW (German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies) on „Studying in Corona Times“. We therefore encourage every student to participate in the survey. More information can be found in the flyer.

The Institute for Economic Theory II has written a general guideline for the digital courses in the winter term 2020/21. Further information can be found on the Moodle pages of the courses:

The traditional Nobel Prize Lecture of Prof. Burda and Prof. Kalkuhl is now available on Youtube.

Office Hours


To access the office hours send an email to the secretary: keidel(at)


Burda on Youtube

We filmed some of the lectures in the last semesters. Since we do like them and want them to be seen, we uploaded them on our Youtube channel.

Seminar Paper and Thesis

Guidelines for writing a seminar paper or thesis at the Institute for Economic Theory II can be found here.


Almosova, A., Burda, M. C.,Voigts, S. (2020) "Social Security Contributions and the Business Cycle", Journal of Macroeconomics, Vol 65

Burda M., (2020) "30 Jahre deutsche Einheit: Wie steht es wirklich?",  Wirtschaftsdienst 100390–391 

Burda, M.C. & S. Seele (2020) "Reevaluating the German labor market miracle", German Economic Review 21 (2), 139–179

Burda M., D. Hamermesh & K. Genadek (2019) “Racial/Ethnic Differences in Non-Work at Work”Industrial and Labor Relations Review

Burda M., D. Hamermesh & K. Genadek (2019) “Unemployment and Effort at Work”Economica

Maren Brede & Christian Henn (2019) "Finland’s public sector balance sheet, Baltic Journal of Economics", 19:1, 176-194

Burda, M.C. (2018) "Convergence of the German Bundesländer: Lessons for the EU"

Burda, M.C. & S. Seele (2017) "Das deutsche Arbeitsmarktwunder: Eine Bilanz", in Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, 18(3), 179-204 (2017), [Data available here]

Burda, M.C. and Severgnini, Battista (2017) "Total factor productivity convergence in German states since reunification: Evidence and explanations"

Almosova, A., Burda, M. C.,Voigts, S. (2017) "Social Security Contributions and the Business Cycle"  [Data available here]

Burda, M. C.,, Weder, M. (2017) “The Economics of German Unification after Twenty-five Years: Lessons for Korea” SFB Discussion Paper 2017-009

Burda, M. C., Hammermesh, D., Genadek, K. (2017) “Racial/Ethnic Differences in Non-Work at Work” NBER Working Paper w23096

Albertini, J., Hairauld, J.O. (2016), "Aggregate Employment, Job Polarization and Inequalities: A Transatlantic Perspective."Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

Further publications as well as discussion and working paper under "research".