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Wolfgang Franz

Professor of economics, Former Head of the ZEW Research Institute, Mannheim

Wolfgang Franz is professor of economics and was the head of the ZEW research institute in Mannheim. He also was the chairman of the German Council of Economic Experts, which independently advises the German Government and Parliament on economic policy issues.

Franz studied economics at the University of Mannheim and received his doctoral degree in 1974, under supervision of Heinz König. He held positions at the University of Mainz, the University of Stuttgart, and the University of Konstanz, before returning to his alma mater in 1997.

His research interests include labor markets, macroeconomics, and empirical analysis of economics.

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Europe must take control of banking stress tests

Peter Bofinger, Christian de Boissieu, Daniel Cohen, Wolfgang Franz, Jean Pisani-Ferry, Christoph Schmidt, Beatrice Weder di Mauro and Wolfgang Wiegard warn against a false sense of security, which European governments seem to be lulled into, and propose common tests to evaluate the true state of Europe’s banking system based on common macro scenarios, common valuation […]

By: Peter Bofinger, Christian de Boissieu, Wolfgang Franz, Jean Pisani-Ferry, Christoph Schmidt and Wolfgang Wiegard Topic: Banking and capital markets Date: May 30, 2009