Dr. Christoph Schaltegger

Professor Dr. Christoph Schaltegger is an economist, author and academic who specialises in the economics of Europe.

Dr. Schaltegger is Director at the Swiss Institute of Public Finance and Fiscal Law IFF at the University of St. Gallen and a Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Economics, at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland. He will be Dean of faculty from 2012.

He was head of the fiscal affairs division and a member of the executive board of the Swiss Business Association in Zurich, from 2008 to 2010, personal adviser on tax policy to the Swiss minister of finance from 2007 to 2009 and an economic adviser for senior management on fiscal and tax policy at the Swiss Federal Tax Administration in Berne.

Dr. Schaltegger received a Habilitation (venialegendi) in economics at the University of St. Gallen in 2009 and a PhD in Economics from the University of Basel in 2003. He has studied in Switzerland and at the London School of Economics. He was a visiting fellow at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, in 2009.

He is a member of the editorial board of Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik PWP. A board member of the Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics SSES, the European Public Choice Society, a Research-Fellow CREMA (Centre for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts) and a Research-Fellow SIAW (Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research at the University of St Gallen).

Dr. Schaltegger writes widely on economics for journals, newspapers and magazines in Switzerland and throughout Europe. He has also written a large number of books and has the following coming out in 2011 - Haushaltsdefizite und Staatsverschuldung, together with Martin Weder, in Milad Zarin-Nejadan and Alain M. Schoenenberger (eds.): Ouvrage collectif sur les finances publiques suisses; Finanzausgleichsreform in der Schweiz aus Prozesssicht, together with Martin Weder, in: Koordinierung der Finanzpolitik im Bundesstaat – Finanzausgleich, Stabilitätspolitik, Verschuldungsgrenze. Conference volume, Workshop of the Austrian Institute for Economic Research - WIFO and the Centre for Public Administration Research KDZ, 7 April 2011 Vienna: Size, development and perception of the shadow economy in Switzerland, in: Friedrich Schneider (ed.) and lastly Handbook on the Shadow Economy, Edward Elgar.

His current projects include working papers on the effect of taxes on the evolution of top incomes; Income Equality, School Performance and Educational Mobility; and Are Fiscal Adjustments Bad for Investment?

He speaks German and English fluently and advanced French.