Prof. Dr. Martin Werding

Room: GD 1/271
Phone: 0234 / 32 - 28971
Office hours: Tue, 2-3 pm
(in off-term periods: by appointment)

Short CV

Martin Werding was born in 1964. He studied Philosophy at the Munich School of Philosophy S.J. (B.A. 1986, M.A. 1989) and Economics at the University of Munich (LMU) and the University of Passau (Dipl. -Vw., equiv. M.A. in Economics, 1991). Until 1999, he worked as a Research Assistant (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)  and Lecturer (Wissenschaftlicher Assistent)  at the Chair in Economics and Social Policy and the Chair in Public Finance at the University of Passau. He completed his Dr.rer.pol. (equiv. Ph.D. in Economics) in 1997 based on a dissertation about the economic foundations of public pension schemes. He received his Habilitation and Venia legendi in 2008 for his work on "Fertility incentives and long-term sustainability of unfunded social insurance schemes".

Between 1999 and 2008, Martin Werding worked with the Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich. Since 2000, he chaired Ifo's newly established Department of Social Policy and Labour Markets. He was also teaching Public Finance and Applied Economics at the University of Munich and the Munich Graduate School of Economics. In 2008, he was appointed as a full professor at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, with a Chair in Social Policy and Public Finance. He is a member of the Department of Social Science and an affiliate member of the Department of Economics and Business Administration. Since 2013, he is a member of the Acdemy of Science and Literature, Mainz.

Martin Werding is a frequent advisor of several German federal ministries -- e.g., the Ministry of Finance (on long-term sustainability of public finances), the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (on income support and pensions) or the Ministry of the Interior (on demographic change) -- and a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Ministry of Families, Women, Youths and the Elderly. He is also a fellow of the CESifo Research Network and Ifo research professor. He acted as a referee for numerous scholarly journals. In 2004, he was a guest lecturer in the graduate course programme at Andrássy Gyula University, Budapest. In 2007, he stayed as a visiting professor at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.
Martin Werding conducted research commissioned by a number of federal and state-level ministries, governments of foreign countries, or in co-operation with international organizations. He also proposed and worked on research projects financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Thyssen Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Herbert Quandt Foundation.


Fields of Research


  • Public Finance
  • Social Policy, with particular interest in old-age provision, health economics, and family policies
  • Population economics, with particular focus on fertility and migration
  • Labour economics