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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Lars P. Feld


Lehrstuhlleitung Lars P. Feld



Fon: 0761 790970

Lars P. Feld (*1966) has held the Chair of Economic Policy and Regulatory Economics at the University of Freiburg since 2010 and is Director of the Walter Eucken Institute. His research focuses on economic policy, finance, new political economy and economic analysis of law.

After studying economics at Saarland University, Lars P. Feld received his doctorate from the University of St. Gallen in 1999 and habilitated there in 2002. From 2002 to 2006, he was Professor of Economics, in particular Finance, at Philipps-Universität Marburg; from 2006 to 2010 he held the chair of the same name at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. Lars P. Feld is a permanent visiting professor at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim and a member of the Leopoldina (National Academy of Sciences), the Kronberger Kreis and the Mont Pèlerin Society. On 02 November 2017, Lars Feld was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Lucerne.

Since 2003, Lars P. Feld has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Federal Ministry of Finance. In 2007, he was appointed as an expert for the Commission of the Bundestag and Bundesrat on the Modernisation of Federal-Länder Fiscal Relations (Federalism Commission II) and participated in an advisory capacity in the new German debt brake. As of January 2020, he was appointed as a scientific member of the Minimum Wage Commission. He was a member of the German Council of Economic Experts from 2011 to 2021, as well as Chairman in the final year, and represented the Council on the Independent Advisory Council of the Stability Council from 2013 to 2021.




Elmar Offenwanger, M.A.



Fon: 0761 2032317

Enquiries are answered exclusively by e-mail and as quickly as possible. If necessary, an appointment for a telephone call can also be arranged via this channel. 


Research Associates 

 Katharina Pfeil, M.A.




Fon: 0761 2032323

Rempartstraße 10 (Room 01 033)

Office hours by appointment

Katharina Pfeil studied Philosophy, Politics, Economics (B.A.) at the University of Witten/Herdecke and the University of Latvia and Political Economy (M.A.) at King's College London. During her studies, she was the initiator and project manager of the First International PPE Conference and completed the first stage of an EMCC-certified business coach training as well as an internship at the Walter Eucken Institute. She is a scholarship holder of the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (sdw). With the start of her doctorate, she has been working as a research assistant at the Walter Eucken Institute since October 2017. Since October 2018, she has been a research assistant at the University of Freiburg and has been advising the Minimum Wage Commission on academic issues at the working level since January 2020.

Her research interests lie in the field of political economy, the shadow economy and economic field experiments.

Lilith Burgstaller, M.Sc. 



Office hours by appointment

Lilith Burgstaller studied economics at the University of Augsburg and the Universidad de Valladolid in Spain. She then completed a master's degree in Public and Non-Profit Management at the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg im Breisgau. During her studies, she gained experience in internships and as a working student at the Bayerische Landesbank, a start-up, a disaster relief organization, and the Walter Eucken Institute.From September 2020 to August 2021, Lilith Burgstaller was a project assistant in the project "Aspiring Migrant Entrepreneurs in Germany - Potentials and Pitfalls in the Start-Up Process" at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES). She continues to be affiliated with the Institute for SME Research (ifm) at the University of Mannheim. With the start of her doctorate, she is also a research assistant at the Walter Eucken Institute and a lecturer at the Institute for the International Education of Students in Freiburg (IES).
Her research interests include experimental economics, the shadow economy and tax evasion as well as discrimination against minorities.


Patrick Hirsch, M.Sc. 


Fon: 0761 2032321

Rempartstraße 10 (Room 01 034)

Office hours by appointment

Patrick Hirsch studied Mathematics (BSc) and Economics (MSc) at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg and the Handelshögskolan Göteborg in Sweden. During his studies, he was a tutor at the University of Freiburg and completed internships at the Deutsche Bundesbank, the European Central Bank and Prognos AG. With the start of his doctorate, he has been working as a research officer at the Walter Eucken Institute Freiburg since November 2016 and lectures at the Institute for the International Education of Students in Freiburg (IES).

His research interests lie in the field of international macroeconomics, growth economics and applied empirical economic research.


 Research Assistants


Julia Braun