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Rainer Münz

Special adviser on migration and demography at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC)

Rainer Münz was a Non-Resident Fellow at Bruegel. He is now a special adviser on Migration and Demography at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC). Rainer was also  Head of Research & Knowledge Center at Erste Group, a major retail bank, and Senior Fellow at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).

He is an expert on population change, international migration and demographic aging, their economic impact and their implications for retail banking and social security systems. He studied at Vienna University, where he earned his PhD in 1978. In 1979 he joined the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Until 1992 he was director of the Institute of Demography at the Austrian Academy of Science. Between 1992 and 2003 he was head of the Department of Demography at Humboldt University, Berlin. He was visiting professor at the Universities of Bamberg (1986), University of California at Berkeley (1986, 1989, 1997-98), Frankfurt (1988), Klagenfurt (1996, 1998), Vienna (2001-02) and Zurich (1992). He  was also a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of the Mathematics of Finance, Vienna Technical University (2001-2002). Since 2010 he teaches at the University of St. Gallen (HSG).

In addittion to his academic positions, Rainer Münz has worked as a consultant for the European Commission, the OECD and the World Bank. He served as an advisor to the Greek (2003), Dutch (2004) and Slovene (2008) EU presidencies. In 2000-01 he was a member of the German commission on immigration reform (Süssmuth commission). Between 2008 and 2010 he was a Member of the high level “Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030” of the European Union (so-called EU “Group of the Wise”).

Rainer Münz is a member of several boards and advisory boards; among them: Center for Migration, Integration and Citizenship at Oxford University (COMPAS, Oxford, UK), European Policy Centre (Brussels), European Forum Alpbach, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (Vienna), International Metropolis Project (Ottawa – Amsterdam), International Organization for Migration (IOM, Geneva), SOT Accountants (Vienna-Graz-Munich), STUWO AG (Vienna), Vienna City Museum, and the World Demographic and Aging Forum (WDA, St. Gallen).

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Book/Special report

EU to DO 2015-2019

Memos to the new EU leadership.

By: André Sapir, Guntram B. Wolff, Zsolt Darvas, Silvia Merler, Nicolas Véron, Mario Mariniello, Carlo Altomonte, Reinhilde Veugelers, Rainer Münz, Suparna Karmakar, Georg Zachmann and Jim O‘Neill Topic: Banking and capital markets, Digital economy and innovation, Global economy and trade, Green economy, Macroeconomic policy Date: September 3, 2014
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Blog Post

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses"

The impact of the demographic trend on Europe is particularly concerning.  The reason is that Europe’s ‘native’ workforce is ageing and the number of graduates from all levels of education is declining and will continue   to decline in the coming decades.

By: Rainer Münz Topic: Global economy and trade, Macroeconomic policy Date: March 7, 2014
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Policy Brief

The global race for talent: Europe's migration challenge

In an ageing world with demographic and economic imbalances, the number of international migrants is likely to rise during the twenty-first century. The geography of migration flows is changing, however. Mobile people will be increasingly attracted by faster-growing economies.

By: Rainer Münz Topic: Global economy and trade Date: March 4, 2014
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Rainer Münz: The economic impact of global migration

Bruegel Non-Resident fellow Rainer Münz discusses the findings of an upcoming paper on global migration trends.

By: Rainer Münz Topic: Global economy and trade Date: February 5, 2014