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Prof. Dr. Eckhard Janeba



University of Mannheim
Department of Economics
L 7, 3 - 5
68131 Mannheim

Office: L 7, 3-5, 229
Office hours: Wed. 09.00 - 10.30
(during lecture times)
Tel: + 49-621-181-1795 /6
Fax: +49-621-181-1794

Short bio

Eckhard Janeba is a professor of economics at the University of Mannheim, Germany. His fields of interests are public economics, political economy and international trade. Eckhard Janeba is a member of various networks and policy circles, such as the CESifo network, the Oxford University Center for Business Taxation, the ZEW Mannheim, and the Scientific Council for Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Economy and Technology (whose deputy chair he was between 2012 and 2014). Most recently he has become the chairman of the Independent Advisory Board to the German stability council (Stabilitätsrat). At the University of Mannheim he is a principal investigator in the Collaborative Research Center 884: Political Economy of Reforms, a long term, interdisciplinary research project funded by the German Science Foundation (since 2010).

Eckhard Janeba’s career started in Germany where he obtained a Diploma degree (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) in Economics at the University of Bonn. He then moved to the U.S. and worked as Assistant Professor of Economics at Indiana University in Bloomington (1994-1999) and as Assistant/Associate Professor (with tenure) of Economics and International Affairs at the University of Colorado in Boulder (1999-2004). In 2004 he returned to his native Germany and became a professor of economics with specialization in public economics and international trade.

Eckhard Janeba has made important contributions to the theory of tax competition and fiscal federalism, and his recent work centers around the political economy of fiscal rules such as the German debt brake. His research has appeared in a broad range of academic outlets such as the American Economic Review, European Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of International Economics and Economic Journal. From 2010-2013 Prof. Janeba served as Co-editor for International Tax and Public Finance, and since 2011 he acts as Associate Editor for the European Economic Review.



Present Position

Professor of Economics, University of Mannheim, since 9/2004

Previous Positions

Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs (with tenure), University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, 2003 - 2004 (Assistant Professor 1999 - 2003).

Assistant Professor of Economics, Indiana University at Bloomington, USA, 1994 - 1999.

Researcher, Collaborative Research Centre 303, University of Bonn, 1990 - 1994

Academic Qualifications

Ph.D. in Economics ("Dr. rer. pol."), Magna cum laude, University of Bonn, Germany, 1994;
Dissertation Title: International Tax Competition

Diploma Degree in Economics ("Diplom-Volkswirt"), University of Bonn, Germany, 1990.

Member of Research Networks

Principal Investigator (since 2010) and Member of Board (2011-2013), Collaborative Research Centre 884 (Sonderforschungsbereich The Political Economy of Reforms), University of Mannheim

International Research Fellow, Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation, since 2007

Research Fellow, CESifo Research Network, München, since 1999

Research Associate, ZEW Mannheim, since 2008

Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), 1999 - 2005



Consulting and Advisory Positions

Chairman Independent Advisry Board to German Stability Council, since 2013

Member (since 2007) and Deputy Chairman (2012-2014), of Scientific Advisory Board, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in Germany (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat beim Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie)

Short-Term Consultant, Oxford Analytica, 2001, The World Bank, 2001

Freelancer with Empirica Economic and Social Science Consultancy, Bonn/Berlin, 1990 - 1992


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Fields of Interest

Public Economics (Tax Competition, Fiscal Federalism, Income Redistribution, Political Economy)

International Economics (Foreign Direct Investment, Trade and Income Inequality, Globalization)

Selected Publications

Working Papers

"European Monetary Union Reform Preferences of French and German Parliamentarians" mit Sebastian Blesse, Pierre Boyer, Friedrich Heinemann und Anasuya Raj (pdf).

"Searching for a Franco-German Consensus on the Future of Europe. Survey Results for Bundestag, Assemblée Nationale and Sénat" ZEW Policy Brief, No. 5, September 2016, mit Sebastian Blesse, Pierre Boyer und Friedrich Heinemann (pdf)

"Preferences over taxation of high income individuals: Evidence from online and laboratory experiments" (with Dirk Engelmann, Lydia Mechtenberg, and Nils Wehrhöfer) (pdf)

"Fiscal Competition and Public Debt" (with Maximilian Todtenhaupt) (pdf)

"Regulatory Chill and the Effect of Investor State Dispute Settlements" (pdf)


Refereed Journals

"Intégration européenne et politiques du marché du travail: Quel consensus entre parlementaires francais et allemands?" (with S. Blesse, P.C. Boyer, F. Heinemann, A. Raj), Revue d'Economie Politique, vol. 127 (5), 2017, 737-759 (pdf)

"Fiscal Rules and Compliance Expectations – Evidence for the German Debt Brake" (with Friedrich Heinemann, Christoph Schröder and Frank Streif) Journal of Public Economics 142, October 2016, 11-13 (pdf)

"Income inequality and export prices across countries" (with Lisandra Flach)  Canadian Journal of Economics 50 (1), 2017, 162-200 (pdf)

"Trade and the Political Economy of Redistribution" (with Gonzague Vannoorenberghe) Journal of International Economics, Volume 98, January 2016, Pages 233-244 (pdf)

"City Competition for the Creative Class"  (with Thiess Buettner) Journal of Cultural Economics 40 (4), November 2016, 413-451 (pdf)

"Who Likes to fend for oneself? Revenue Autonomy Preference of Subnational Politicians in Germany" Publius - The Journal of Federalism 45 (4), 2015, 653-685 (with Friedrich Heinemann, Marc-Daniel Moessinger and Christoph Schröder)

"Tax Policy, Tax Competition and Fiscal Rules: Insights from Classroom Experiment and Surveys of Politicians" Finanzarchiv, Vol. 70 (3), 2014.

"Föderalismus-Präferenzen in den deutschen Landesparlamenten" (with Friedrich Heinemann, Marc-Daniel Moessinger, Christoph Schröder and Frank Streif), Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik 15, 2014, pp.56-74.

"Tax and the City - A Theory of Local Tax Competition" (with Steffen Osterloh),  Journal of Public Economics, 106, October 2013, 89-100 (pdf)

"Germany's New Debt Break Rule: A Blueprint for Europe?", Finanzarchiv/Public Finance Analysis, 68(4), December 2012, 383-405 (pdf)

"Optimal Fiscal Federalism in the Presence of Tax Competition" , (with John D. Wilson), Journal of Public Economics, 95 (11-12), December 2011, 1302-1311 (pdf)

"Viewing tax policy through party-colored glasses: What German politicians believe" (with Friedrich Heinemann), German Economic Review, 12(3), August 2011, 286-311 (pdf)

"The Welfare Effects of Tax Competition Reconsidered: Politicians and Political Institutions" (with G. Schjelderup), The Economic Journal, 119, 2009, pp. 1143 - 1161 (pdf)

"Education, Redistribution and the Threat of Brain Drain" , (with Alexander Haupt), International Tax and Public Finance, 16, 2009, 1-24 (pdf)

"Exports, Unemployment, and the Welfare State", Canadian Journal of Economics , 42, 2009, pp. 930-955  (pdf)

"Studiengebühren in Deutschland: Drei Thesen und ihr empirischer Gehalt", Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik 8, 2, 2007, 184-205 (with Alexander Kemnitz and Nick Ehrhart). (pdf)

"International Trade and Consumption Network Externalities" (former title: "International Trade and Cultural Identity")European Economic Review 51, 2007, 781-803. (pdf)

"Moral Federalism" , The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 5, Issue 1, 2006, Article 32.

"Decentralization and international tax competition" , Journal of Public Economics 89, July 2005, 1211-1229 (with John D. Wilson).

"Taxes or Fees? The Political Economy of Providing Excludable Public Goods" , Journal of Public Economic Theory 7, 2005, 405-426 (with Kurtis J. Swope).

"Strategic Investment by a Regulated Firm", International Tax and Public Finance 11, March 2004, 123-132, (with Amihai Glazer)

"Taxation and Evasion in the Presence of Extortion by Organized Crime" , Journal of Comparative Economics 32, September 2004, 375-387 (with M. Alexeev and S. Osborne).

"Global Corporations and Local Politics: Income Redistribution vs. FDI Subsidies" , Journal of Development Economics 74, August 2004, 367-391.

"Taxation by State and Organized Crime: Harmony or Conflict?", Public Finance and Management 3 (4), 2003, 398-418 (with M. Alexeev and S. Osborne)

"Does Trade Increase Inequality when Skills are Endogenous?" Review of International Economics 11, November 2003, 885-898

"Is Targeted Tax Competition Less Harmful Than Its Remedies?" , International Tax and Public Finance 10, May 2003, 259-280 (with Michael Smart).

"Attracting FDI in a Politically Risky World" , International Economic Review 43, November 2002, 1127-1155.

"The Citizen-Candidate Model with Primary Elections", Journal of Theoretical Politics 14, October 2002, 387-408 (with John J. Cadigan)

"Composition of Government Budget, Non-Single Peakedness and Majority Voting", Journal of Public Economic Theory, 3, October 2001, 471-481, (with P. Bearse and G. Glomm)

"Tax Competition when Governments Lack Commitment: Excess Capacity as a Countervailing Threat" , American Economic Review 90, December 2000, 1508-1519.

"Why Poor Countries Rely Mostly on Redistribution In-Kind" , Journal of Public Economics 75, March 2000, 463-482 (with P. Bearse and G. Glomm).

"Tax Evasion, Tax Competition and the Gains from Non-Discrimination: The Case of Interest Taxation in Europe" , Economic Journal 109, January 1999, 93-101 (with W. Peters)

"Tax Competition and Trade Protection", Finanzarchiv 56 (3/4), 1999, (with John D. Wilson)

"Tax Competition in Imperfectly Competitive Markets" , Journal of International Economics 44, 1998, 135-153.

"Should the Power to Redistribute Income b (De-)Centralized? An Example", International Tax and Public Finance 4, 1997, 453-461 (with Horst Raff)

"Foreign Direct Investment under Oligopoly: Profit Shifting or Profit Capturing?" Journal of Public Economics 60, 1996, 423-445

"Corporate Income Tax Competition, Double Taxation Treaties, and Foreign Direct Investment" , Journal of Public Economics 56, 1995, 311-325.


"International Tax Competition", J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), Tübingen 1997