It is essential for the government to receive specialist advice on a regular basis, especially because it is not possible to adequately address future challenges without a solid foundation in academic research. The Advisory Board to the Federal Ministry of Finance is an expert body that has repeatedly provided valuable ideas and proposals for Germany’s economic and fiscal policies over the last 70 years.
In its search for rational solutions, the Advisory Board sees itself as the academic “conscience” of the government – not least because of its independence, which is stipulated in its statutes. It has always been part of the board’s role, and still is today, to challenge policy-makers.
The papers produced by the Advisory Board cover a very wide range of issues, including German reunification, the European integration process, tax reform and prospects for budgetary consolidation, to name just a few examples. Against the backdrop of German and European unification, the Advisory Board developed important guidelines and reform proposals relating to the equalisation of Länder finances in Germany as well as the significance of the Maastricht criteria for federal and Länder debt limits.
In 2019, the Advisory Board to the Federal Ministry of Finance celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding. The board advises the German finance minister in an independent capacity, with its members serving on a voluntary basis. It has a free hand when it comes to selecting the issues to focus on.
Current members of the Advisory Board (as of May 2021)
|Prof Dr Marcel Thum (chairman)|
|Prof Jörg Rocholl, PhD (vice-chairman)|
|Prof Klaus Adam, PhD||Prof Dr Bernd Friedrich Huber||Prof Dr Wolfram F. Richter||Prof Dr Christian Waldhoff|
|Prof Dr Dieter Brümmerhoff||Prof Dr Martin Jacob||Prof Dr Nadine Riedel||Prof Dr Alfons Weichenrieder|
|Prof Dr Thiess Büttner||Prof Dr Wolfgang Kitterer||Prof Dr Kerstin Roeder||Prof Dr Dietmar Wellisch|
|Prof Dr Lars P. Feld||Prof Dr Kai A. Konrad||Prof Dr Ronnie Schöb||Prof Volker Wieland, PhD|
|Prof Dr Lutz Fischer||Prof Dr Jan Pieter Krahnen||Prof Dr Almuth Scholl||Prof Dr Berthold Wigger|
|Prof Dr Clemens Fuest||Prof Dr Dominika Langenmayr||Prof Dr Ulrich Schreiber||Prof Dr Horst Zimmermann|
|Prof Dr Klaus Dirk Henke||Prof Dr Alois Oberhauser||Prof Dr Christoph Spengel|
|Prof Dr Joachim Hennrichs||Prof Dr Andreas Peichl||Prof Dr Klaus Stern|
|Prof Dr Johanna Hey||Prof Dr Helga Pollak||Prof Dr Christoph Trebesch|
Contact person at the Federal Ministry of Finance
Phone: +49 3018/682-2627
Expert opinions and reports
All of the advisory board’s expert opinions and reports can be found on our German page.