Hans Tietmeyer

Hans Tietmeyer

Metelen/Westphalia (Germany), 18 August 1931 - Frankfurt (Germany) 27 December 2016
Nomination 19 January 1994
Field Economics
Title Dipl. Volkswirt


Most important awards, prizes and academies
Doctor Honoris Causa (Dr. h.c.): Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (1994); European Division of the University of Maryland (1997); Université Paris Dauphine, 2000; Honorary Professor of Economics: Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (1996); European Economy Prize (2000); Member of the "Verein für Socialpolitik"; Member of the "Görres-Gesellschaft"; Bearer of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Awarded high honours by the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Italy and the Vatican.

Summary of scientific research
Since 1965 Chairman of the Cusanuswerk e.V., Studienförderung der deutschen Bischöfe. Since 2000 President and since 2009 Honorary President of the European Business School, Rheingau. In the seventies and eighties Chairman of many Committees of the EC in Brussels and of the OECD in Paris. From 1982 to 1990 Deputy-Minister of Finance in Bonn. From 1993 to 1999 President of the Deutsche Bundesbank and from 1994 to 1999 Chairman of the G10 Central Bank Governors and since 2003 Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland. Five main areas of research can be named: Studies in the field of the theoretical foundation of economic policy in market-oriented economies, concentrated on questions of economic order and the ethical foundations and implications of economic decision-making. Questions of fiscal policy and budgetary policy, concentrated on the problems of, and limits for, public debt, and the implications of deficit-spending and increasing public-indebtedness for the private sector of the economy. Questions of public debt and inflation, the negative welfare effects of inflation and the ethical problems of high inflation rates. International economic cooperation. The need for, as well as the limits to, coordinating the economic, fiscal and monetary policy stances of major industrialized countries. The implications of international economic and monetary cooperation for the development of the economies involved. European monetary integration and monetary policy questions. Defining major principles and criteria for forming a monetary union. The interrelationship between questions of a monetary and economic order and the major characteristics of a monetary union. Analysis of the German economy, its cyclical situation and structural problems. 

Main publications
With more than 100 publications, it is difficult to list them. The following are some of his contributions: Antizyklische Finanzpolitik?, 1966; "Konzertierte Aktion" - Konzept, Praxis und Erfahrungen, 1969; European Economic and Currency Union - a political challenge, 1971; The influence of economic policy-makers on volition in the firm, 1976; Europäisches Währungssystem und Europäische Parallelwährung, 1979; Las bases históricas y el desarrollo de la economía social de mercado en la República Federal de Alemania, 1980; Die Bedeutung der Finanzpolitik für die Wirtschaftsentwicklung, 1983; Die Rolle des IWF bei der Überwindung der Verschuldungsprobleme, 1984; From state ownership into private hands, 1986; Die deutsch-deutsche Währungs-, Wirtschafts- und Sozialunion. Konzept und Verwirklichung, 1990; The economic integration of Germany. Problems and prospects, 1990;Gründe und Grenzen der Staatsverschuldung, 1991; Economic and Monetary Union. A German perspective. (Ludwig-Erhard Lecture, London School of Economics), 1992; The Value of Monetary Stability in the World Today (Lecture, Cambridge University), 1993; Zur Ethik wirtschaftspolitischen Handelns, 1994; Nicolaus Oresmius und die geldpolitischen Probleme von heute (with Dieter Lindenlaub), 1995;The European economy between global markets and internal challenges (Jean Monnet Lecture, European University Institute, Florence), 1996; Finanzmärkte und Beschäftigung (Lecture, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg), 1996; Ökonomische Globalisierung, 2000; Geld und Moral, 2000; Gestaltung von Rahmenbedingungen für globale Mächte, 2001; Innovative Finanzteschnologien und globalisierte Mächte, 2001. Books (selected articles): Währungsstabilität für Europa, 1996; Economie sociale de marché et stabilité monétaire, 1999; The Social Market Economy and Monetary Stability, 1999; Herausforderung EURO, 2005.


Ways to Improve the Order and Governance in Globalising Economic and Financial Markets (PDF) 2012

What Kind of Regulation? (PDF) 2010

Globalisation and the Present Crisis (PDF) 2009

Globalisation and the Present Crisis (German version) (PDF) 2009

Comment (PDF) 2007

Comment on "Conceptions of Human Beings Implicit in Economics and in the Practice of Economic Policy" (PDF) 2005

Intergenerational Solidarity and the Crisis of the Welfare State: Pensions and Health Care (PDF) 2004

Ein Kommentar (PDF) 2003

Toward a Few Ethical Principles for the Governance of Financial Globalisation (PDF) 2003

Ways to Improve the Functioning of Financial Markets (PDF) 2001

Demokratie und Wirtschaft (Democracy and the Economy) (PDF) 2000

Financial Markets in Relation to Employment and Unemployment (PDF) 1996

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