Prof. Dr. Erik Hornung
University of Cologne
Center for Macroeconomic Research
Seminar for Economic and Business History
Tel: +49 (0)221 470-23 31
Fax: +49 (0)221 470-52 09
Consultation hours: by appointment
Economic History, Long-run Economic Growth and Development, Technological Diffusion, Human Capital
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
Bismarck's Health Insurance and the Mortality Decline (with Stefan Bauernschuster and Anastasia Driva), Journal of the European Economic Association, forthcoming
The Political Economy of the Prussian Three-class Franchise (with Sascha O. Becker), Journal of Economic History, forthcoming
Diasporas, Diversity, and Economic Activity: Evidence from 18th-century Berlin, Explorations in Economic History, forthcoming [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.
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)
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.