Professor Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth is an economist and has been Director of Open Europe Berlin since August 2012.
He has an MA in economics from Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, a PhD from Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, and a second PhD from the Private University of Witten/Herdecke, which he was awarded in 2007. His thesis was on “Democracy as a Discovery Procedure. Evolutionary Assessments of the Political Process.”
Dr. Wohlgemuth has been Professor of International Governance in the Law and Economics department at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, since October, 2011; the Managing Research Associate at the Walter Eucken Institute in Freiburg since 2002; a professorial tutor in the postgraduate program “Social Market Economy” of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation; Research Associate at the Centre for European Studies in Brussels, Belgium, since 2009; Associate Fellow at the Ratio Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, since 2009; a visiting lecturer at the Baltic International Academy in Riga, Latvia, since 2008; a member of the Council on Economic Policy at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin since 2007; a visiting tutor at the Economics PhD Program of the Escuela Superior de Economía y Adminstración de Empresas (ESEADE) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, since 2003 and Rapporteur of the Working Group “European Governance” within the European Ideas Network (EIN) in Brussels since 2002.
His major fields of research are in New Institutional Economics, Economic Theories of Politics (Public Choice Theory), Theories of economic systems, Evolutionary Economics, Social and Legal Philosophy and History of Ideas.
These have applications mainly concerning European governance and integration, institutions and processes of democratic governance, globalisation and inter-jurisdictional competition, public opinion formation and political leadership and political reform.
Dr. Wohlgemuth speaks German, English and French. He writes extensively on economic subjects for newspapers, magazines, university publications and blogs; he also has written and edited numerous books on economics.