Ludger Schuknecht is Chief Economist & heading the Directorate General Fiscal Policy and International Financial and Monetary Policy at the German Ministry of Finance. In this role he advises the Minister on economic policy issues in the domestic and international sphere.
In his previous position of Senior Advisor in the Directorate General Economics of the European Central Bank he contributed to the preparation of monetary policy decision making and the ECB positions in European policy coordination.
Before that he headed the ECB’s fiscal surveillance section which followed assignments at the World Trade Organisation and at the International Monetary Fund.
His recent research focuses on public expenditure policies and reform and the analysis of economic boom-bust episodes. He wrote "Public Spending in the 20th Century: A Global Perspective" together with Vito Tanzi.