Prof. Dr. Erik HornungProfessor
Tel: +49 (0) 921 / 55 - 62 56
Building: RW II Room: 1.71
Consultation-hour: Wednesday 11-12 AM (by appointment)
Erik Hornung is a Professor of Economic History at the University of Bayreuth. He also is a CESifo Research Affiliate, a CEPR Research Affiliate and a CAGE - Warwick Research Fellow. After having received his PhD in Economics from the LMU Munich while being a Junior Researcher at the Ifo Institute, he spent a postdoctoral period as a Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance.
His research focuses on the determinants of long-run development and economic growth. In his studies, he aims at identifying historically important factors which determined differences in development over time and across space. Such factors include aspects of institutional change, human capital formation, and technological diffusion, as well as geographic and cultural factors. These are major determinants that shaped the economic development of the German state of Prussia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries - the period of fundamental changes in the transition of sustained growth. To establish his findings, his research typically draws on rich administrative data, digitized from Prussian censuses originally collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Such detailed data allow the application of econometric methods aimed at pining down the direction of causality in the relationships under analysis.