Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Scherf was born in Treves in 1956. He studied Economics at the University of Freiburg from 1975 to 1980. Final degree (Diplom) in 1980. PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) in 1986. Habilitation in Economics in 1993. Prof. Scherf was research assistant from 1981 to 1986 and assistant professor from 1986 to 1993 at the Institute of Public Finance of the University of Freiburg, at the chair of Professor Alois Oberhauser. From 1993 to 1995, he acted as substitute professor of Economic Policy at the University of Freiburg. Since 1996, he has been Professor of Economics with a focus on Public Finance at the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies of Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen.
Fields of research
- State financing
- Employment and distribution policy
- Human capital
- Economic growth
- Der Länderfinanzausgleich in Deutschland. Ungelöste Probleme und Ansatzpunkte einer Reform, Frankfurt/Main 2000
- Schlüsselzuweisungen und Kreisumlage, Frankfurt/Main 1998
- Die Bedeutung des kaldorianischen Verteilungsmechanismus für die gesamtwirtschaftlichen Wirkungen der staatlichen Neuverschuldung, Frankfurt/Main 1994
- Die beschäftigungspolitische und fiskalische Problematik der Arbeitgeberbeiträge zur Rentenversicherung, Frankfurt/Main 1987
Academic and industry contacts
Prof. Scherf is a member of the Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften [Association of Economics and Social Sciences] – Verein für Socialpolitik (Research Committee for Public Finance) and of the International Institute of Public Finance/Institut International de Finances Publiques. There are industry contacts with several government departments, in particular, for which Prof. Scherf has been acting as a consultant.
The teaching of Public Finance (Finance) deals with the economic activities of the state, in particular with public revenues and spending. The economic activity of the state concerns the allocation of resources, the stabilisation of production and employment as well as the distribution of income and property. An examination of the state’s role in the economic process is a prerequisite for a sound analysis and evaluation of economic phenomena. The study of Public Finance is to enable students both to evaluate public activities and to justify commercial and not least operational decisions regarding the adaptation to public measures.