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Prof. Dr. Erik Hornung

University of Cologne
Center for Macroeconomic Research
Seminar for Economic and Business History

Room 3.514
Sibille-Hartmann-Straße 2-8
50969 Köln

Tel: +49 (0)221 470-23 31
Fax: +49 (0)221 470-52 09

E-Mail: hornung(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de

Consultation hours: by appointment

Curriculum Vitae

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Research Focus

Economic History, Long-run Economic Growth and Development, Technological Diffusion, Human Capital


Working Papers

  • The Political Effects of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Weimar Germany (with Stefan Bauernschuster, Matthias Blum, and Christoph Koenig), ECONTribute Discussion Paper No. 241

  • NAFTA and drug-related violence in Mexico (with Eduardo Hidalgo and Pablo Selaya), CESifo Working Paper No. 9981

  • Flow of Ideas: Economic Societies and the Rise of Useful Knowledge (with Francesco Cinnirella and Julius Koschnick), CESifo Working Paper No. 9836

  • Capital-Skill Complementarity and the Emergence of Labor Emancipation (with Quamrul Ashraf, Francesco Cinnirella, Oded Galor, and Boris Gershman), CESifo Working Paper 6423

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • Religious Practice and Student Performance: Evidence from Ramadan Fasting (with Guido Schwerdt and Maurizio Strazzeri), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 205, 2023, 100-119 [DOI]

  • Roman Transport Network Connectivity and Economic Integration (with Matthias Flückiger, Mario Larch, Markus Ludwig, and Allard Mees), Review of Economic Studies, 89(2), 2022, 774-810 [DOI]

  • Bismarck's Health Insurance and the Mortality Decline (with Stefan Bauernschuster and Anastasia Driva), Journal of the European Economic Association, 18(5), 2020, 2561-2607 [DOI]

  • The Political Economy of the Prussian Three-class Franchise (with Sascha O. Becker), Journal of Economic History, 80(4), 2020, 1143-1188 [DOI]

  • Diasporas, Diversity, and Economic Activity: Evidence from 18th-century Berlin, Explorations in Economic History, 73, 2019, 101261 [DOI]

  • Landownership Concentration and the Expansion of Education (with Francesco Cinnirella), Journal of Development Economics, 121, 2016, 135-152. [DOI]

  • Railroads and Growth in Prussia, Journal of the European Economic Association, 13(4), 2015, 699-736. [DOI]

  • iPEHD - The ifo Prussian Economic History Database (with Sascha O. Becker, Francesco Cinnirella, Ludger Woessmann), Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, 47(2), 2014, 57-66. [DOI]

  • Immigration and the Diffusion of Technology: The Huguenot Diaspora in Prussia, American Economic Review, 104 (1), 2014, 84-122. [DOI]

  • Education and Catch-Up in the Industrial Revolution (with Sascha O. Becker, Ludger Woessmann), American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 3(3), 2011, 92-126. [DOI]


  • Human Capital, Technology Diffusion, and Economic Growth - Evidence from Prussian Census Data, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 46, 2012.


  • Education systems and human capital accumulation (with Sascha O. Becker and Francesco Cinnirella), in U. Pfister and N. Wolf (Eds.), 2023, An Economic History of the First German Unification, Routledge, 255-273

  • Bildung, Entwicklung und Nationsbildung im 19. Jahrhundert (with Sascha O. Becker and Francesco Cinnirella), in U. Pfister, J.-O. Hesse, M. Spoerer and N. Wolf (Eds.), 2021, Deutschland 1871: Die Nationalstaatsbildung und der Weg in die moderne Wirtschaft, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen

  • Land Inequality, Education, and Marriage: Theory and Empirical Evidence (with Francesco Cinnirella), in M. Cervellati and U. Sunde (Eds.), Demographic Change and Long Run Development, MIT Press, Cambridge (CESifo Working Paper No. 6072, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 1148)

Short Bio

Erik Hornung is Professor of Economic History at the University of Cologne. His main research interests are the determinants of long-run development and economic growth. He uses microeconometric methods to analyze the driving forces of the transition to the modern economic growth including aspects of institutional change, human capital formation, and technological diffusion.

Hornung studied economics and technics at the University of Stuttgart, the University of Ottawa, and the University of Hohenheim. He worked in the Department of Human Capital and Innovation at the ifo-Institute and as a tax advisor in the Transfer Pricing Group of Deloitte and Touche GmbH before joining the Max Planck Institute of Tax Law and Public Finance as a senior research fellow. He completed his Ph.D. at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 2012. The Leibniz Association rewarded his work with the Dissertation Award 2013. Hornung was a research fellow at the University of Warwick in 2012 and is a CAGE, CEPR, and CESifo research affiliate. From 2016 to 2017, he was Professor of Economics with a specialization in quantitative Economic History at the University of Bayreuth.