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

Prof. Michael C. Burda PhD


Institute for Economic Theory II
School of Business and Economics
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin 
Spandauer Straße 1 
D-10178 Berlin Germany

Tel.:  +49-30-2093-5638 
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Professor  of  Economics,  School  of  Business  and  Economics,
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany (W3)

Director of the Institute for Economic Theorie II (Macro), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London, UK

Program Director and Research Fellow of the Institut Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA), Bonn, Germany

Fellow of the European Economic Association (EEA)

Visiting Professor of Economics, European School of Management
and Technology (ESMT), Berlin, Germany

Topics of Interest:

Labor Economics, Macroeconomics, European Integration


BA and Ph.D. (1987) at Harvard University, Cambridge/Massachusetts, USA


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External pages:

RePEC       RePEc h-index        IZA          CEPR

Working Papers:

2020"Social Security Contributions and the Business Cycle", Journal of Macroeconomics, Vol 65 with A. Almosoca and S. Voigts 


"30 Jahre deutsche Einheit: Wie steht es wirklich?",  Wirtschaftsdienst 100390–391 

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


“Racial/Ethnic Differences in Non-Work at Work”Industrial and Labor Relations Review with D. Hamermesh & K. Genadek
2019“Unemployment and Effort at Work”Economica with D. Hamermesh & K. Genadek
2019"Convergence of the German Bundesländer: Lessons for the EU", Intereconomics 54, 34–39


"Social Security Contributions and the Business Cycle" with Almosova, A., and Voigts, S.   [Data available here]

2017The Economics of German Unification after Twenty-five Years: Lessons for Korea” (with M. Weder) SFB Discussion Paper 2017-009, April 2017.
2017Racial/Ethnic Differences in Non-Work at Work” (with D. Hamermesh and K. Genadek) NBER Working Paper w23096, January 2017.
2016"No Role for the Hartz Reforms? Demand and Supply Factors in the German Labor Market, 1993-2014.", with Seele, S., SFB 649 Discussion Paper 2016-010.
2016"The German Labor Market Miracle, 2003-2015, An Assessment", SFB 649 Discussion Paper 2016-005.
2016"Not Working at Work: Loafing, Unemployment and Labor Productivity", with Genadek K. and Hamermesh D., NBER Working Paper No. 21923.

Recent Research:

2017"Das deutsche Arbeitsmarktwunder: Eine Bilanz" with Stefanie Seele, Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, forthcoming. [Data available here]
2017"TFP Convergence in German States since Reunification: Evidence and Explanations" with Severgnini, B., Journal of Comparative Economics, forthcoming.
2017Burda, M.  and Wyplosz, C., Textook Macroeconomics: A European Text. Oxford: Oxford University Press (sixth edition, April 2017. (first edition 1993).
2016"Payroll Taxes, Social Insurance and Business Cycles", with Weder M., Journal of the European Economic Association, (July)
2015"Wissenschaftliches Fehlverhalten und der Ethikkodex des Vereins für Socialpolitik", with Gebhard Kirchgässner, Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, 16(1), 88–105.


"Solow Residuals without Capital Stocks", with Severgnini B., Journal of Development Economics 109, 154–171.
2014"The European Debt Crisis: How did we get into this mess? How can we get out of it?" In C. Paulus, ed. A Debt Restructing Mechanism for European Sovereigns - Do We Need a Legal Procedure?, München: Vahlen-Verlag.
2013"Cyclical Variation in Labor Hours and Productivity Using the ATUS", with Hamermesh D. and Stewart J., American  Economic Review, 103(3), 99-104.
2013"Total Work and Gender: Facts and a Possible Explanations", with Hamermesh D. and Weil P., Journal of Population Economics, 26(1), 239-261.
2013Burda, M.  and Wyplosz, C., Textook Macroeconomics: A European Text. Oxford: Oxford University Press (sixth edition, November 2013. (first edition 1993).
2013"How to Avoid Contagion and Spillover Effects in the Eurozone?" Chapter in A. Dombret und O. Lucius,  eds.  The  Stability  of  the  Financial  System: Illusion  or  Feasible  Concept? Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing 2013.
2013"Die makroökonomische Zwänge der Treuhand Privatisierung," Chapter in: O. Depenhauer und H.-H. Paqué (eds.) Einheit–Eigentum–Effizienz Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2013.


“The East German Economy in the Twenty-First Century”, in Berghoff and Balbier, eds. The East German Economy, 1945-2010. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2013, 195-216.
2011"What Explains Germany's Labor Market Miracle in the Great Recession?", with Hunt,  J. , Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 42 (1), 273-335.
2011Review  of  Robert  E.  Hall:  "Forward-looking  decision  making:  dynamic  programming models  applied  to  health,  risk,  employment,  and  financial  stability (The  Gorman Lectures in Economics)", Journal of Economics, 104, 195–197.
2010"Payroll Taxes, Social Insurance and Business Cycles", with M. Weder, IZA Discussion Paper  5150  August  2010;  Adelaide  Research  Paper  2010-17,  August  2010;  CEPR Discussion  Paper  7984,  September  2010.  Second  revision,  Journal  of  the  European Economic Association.
2010"Unemployment,  Market  Work  and  Household  Production", with Hamermesh D.,  Economic Letters, 107(2), 131-133.
2009"TFP  Growth  in  Old  and  New  Europe",  with Severgnini B., Comparative  Economic Studies 51, 447-466.
2009"Preferences for Collective versus Individualized Wage Setting", with Boeri T., Economic Journal, 119(540), 1440-1463.
2009"TFP Growth in Old and New Europe", with Severgnini B., Comparative Economic Studies, 1(51), 447-466.
2009"Sectoral Transformation, Turbulence, and Labour Market Dynamics in Germany", with Bachmann R., German Economic Review, 11(1), 37-59.
2009"Evidence on Unemployment, Market Work and Household Production", SFB 649 Discussion Paper 2009-043.
2008"What kind of shock was it? Regional integration and structural change in Germany after Unification", Journal of Comparative Economics, 36(4), 557-567.

"Working Hours and Job Sharing in the EU and the USA: Are Europeans Lazy? Or Americans Crazy?", with Boeri T. and Kramarz F., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

2008"The Distribution of Total Work in the EU and the US", with D. Hamermesh and P.Weil, Chapter in Boeri, Burda and Kramarz, eds., Working Hour and Job Sharing in the EU and the USA: Are Europeans Lazy or Americans Crazy? Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. 

"Unionization, Stochastic Dominance, and Compression of the Wage Distribution: Evidence from Germany", with Fitzenberger B., Lembcke A., Vogel T.,  SFB 649 Discussion Paper 2008-041

2008"Solow Residuals without Capital Stocks", with B. Severgnini, SFB Discussion Paper 2008-40, August 2008. Second revision, Journal of Development Economics.
2007"Economic truths behind Germany's recovery", Financial Times July 25 2007.
2006"Factor  Reallocation  in  Eastern  Germany  after  Reunification",  American  Economic Review 96, 368-374.
2006"Zeitarbeit:   Trends   und   Perspektiven   (Temporary   Help   Services:   Trends   and Perspectives)", with Kvasnicka M.,  Perspektiven  der  Wirtschaftspolitik  5, 195-225.
2005"Employment  Duration  and  Resistance  to  Wage  Reductions:  Experimental  Evidence", with W. Güth, G. Kirchsteiger, and H. Uhlig, Homo Oeconomicus, 22, 169-189. 
2005"Ohne  historisches  Vorbild:  Die  Treuhandanstalt  1990-1994:  eine  kritische  Würdigung", with B. Breuel, Berlin: Bostelmann u. Siebenhaar, 2005.
2004"Humankapital  und  Arbeitsmarktinstitutionen  bei  gleichgewichtiger  Arbeitslosigkeit,"  in: M.   Stadler,   eds.,   Bildung.   Tagungsband   des   33.   Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Seminars Tübingen, Mohr, 2004.
2004"Factor Mobility, Income Differentials and Regional Economic Integration," Chapter in H. Berger, and  T.  Moutos,  eds.  Managing  European  Union  Enlargement,  Cambridge,  MA:  MIT Press, 2004.
2004Comment on Slemrod, "Trust in Public Finance," in Cnossens, ed. Public Finances and Public Policy in the New Millennium Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004.

"Cost  Competition,  Fragmentation,  and  Globalization", with B. Dluhosch, Review of International Economics, 10 (3), 424-441.

2002"Complementarity  of  Labor  Market  Institutions,  Equilibrium  Unemployment  and the Propagation  of  Business  Cycles",  with  M.  Weder,  German  Economic  Review, 3, 1-24.

SFB Discussion Papers