Humboldt laureates at LMU
The economist Professor Wolfgang Keller (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA), who has received a Humboldt Research Award, has arrived at LMU to collaborate with Gabriel Felbermayr, Professor of International Economics and Head of the ifo Center for Economic Research. The economic historian Professor Carol Shiue (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA), recipient of the Humboldt Foundation’s Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, is being hosted at LMU by Professor Davide Cantoni.
Carol Shiue is one of the world’s foremost economic historians. Her primary research interests lie in understanding the historical context of economic development and of long-term trends in economic growth, in China and Europe. She is also one of the few scholars who apply elements of modern economic theory and econometrics to problems of economic history. Against the background of the recent re-emergence of China as a global economic power, Shiue’s work takes on added significance, and provides insights into current political and economic issues. During her stay at LMU, Shiue intends to initiate novel collaborative research projects, such as a comparative study of urban structures and trade networks in China and Europe during the Early Modern period.
Carol Shiue studied economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Yale, where she obtained her PhD in 1999. Having subsequently worked at the World Bank (Washington D.C.), the University of Texas and Princeton University and elsewhere, she was appointed to a Professorship in Economics at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2005. She is also a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).
Wolfgang Keller is an renowned expert in international trade and applied econometrics, who is particularly well known for his analyses of cross-border knowledge transfer. His work has led to new and significant insights into the role of trade in the international diffusion of technologies, the modeling of global trading patterns and the economic history of China. Over the past five years Keller has focused on the application of diverse models of foreign trade to the economic history of China and Western Europe. Keller will spend his time in Munich working in collaboration with Gabriel Felbermayr on a project which is designed to explore the impact of economic initiatives such as international trade agreements in the context of the so-called “gravity model” – an empirical model that attempts to describe the effects of bilateral trade currents between states in terms of Newton’s formulation of the laws of gravity.
Wolfgang Keller studied Economics at Freiburg University and Yale, where he earned his doctoral degree in 1995. He then moved to the University of Wisconsin, and in 1998 he took up a position at the University of Texas. In 2005 Keller obtained a full professorship in the Department of Economics at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and was appointed Stanford Calderwood Professor of Economics there in 2011. (göd)