Gert G. Wagner, Dr.

Gert G. Wagner is Research Associate of the HIIG and  member of the “National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)”. From 1989-2011 Wagner was director of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), where he served on the Executive Board from 2011 to 2017. Since 2018 he is Senior Research Fellow in DIW Berlin, an since 2008 he is Max Planck Fellow at the MPI for Human Development in Berlin. From 2002-2018 he was Full Professor of Economics at the Berlin UNiversity of Technology (TUB), 1997-2002 Full Professor of Economics at Viadrina European University of Frankfurt (Oder) and 1992-97 Full Professor of Public Administration at Ruhr-University Bochum. In the academic years 2008  to 2010 Wagner taught as a fellow at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social studies in the University of Erfurt.

Wagner is chairman of  The Social Advisory Council (Sozialbeirat) and he serves on the German Advisory Council for Consumer Affairs,  on the Advisory Board to Statistics Germany and on the evaluation panel of the  Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO).

Wagner was a member of the German Science Council (Wissenschaftsrat), an elected reviewer of German National Science Foundation (DFG), a member  of the Methodolgy and Infrastructure Committees (MIC) of ESRC/UK.  the Advisory Board to the British Household Panel study (BHPS) and the Swiss Household Panel (SHP), and of the user selection panel of the European Large Scale Facility European Centre for Analysis in the Social Sciences (ECASS), University of Essex. He was the first treasurer of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ).

Wagner was visiting professor at Cornell University, Syracuse University and American University, Washington, D.C., and a visiting scholar at numerous research institutes in Germany and the US. Since 2016 he is again a research fellow of IZA Bonn.

Among others, Wagner received grants under the European Framework Programs, from the German-American Academic Council, the National Institute on Aging (USA), G.I.F., Anlo-German Foundation (AFG), TESS (USA), and the German National Science Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

Wagner published papers in international journals such as Ageing & Society, Behavior Genetics, Behavior Research Methods, British Medical Journal, Developmental Psychology, Emotion, European Journal of Public Health, European Economic Review,  Environmental Policy and Governance,  Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance,  International Journal of Epidemiology, International Migration Review, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journals of Gerontolgy, Journal of Official Statistics,  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Public Economics, LIBER Quarterly, LIBREAS, Nature Genetics, PLoS one, Population and Development Review, PNAS, Psychology and Aging, Psychlogical Science,  Scientific Reports and Survey Research Methods as well as Communication/Letters in Nature and Science.

In 2018 Gert G. Wagner received a honoris causa doctorate (Dr. rer. pol. h.c.) from the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne (Universitaet zu Koeln). In 2007 Wagner was  awarded the “Knight’s Cross” of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Gert G. Wagner


Associated Researcher: Knowledge & Society

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Bedeutung ist keine Klickzahl (18.07.2019). Frankfurter Allgemeine
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Bedeutung ist keine Klickzahl (17.07.2019). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Unfair (06.05.2019). Süddeutsche Zeitung

Algorithmen gegen Diskriminierung (22.05.2019). Gegenblende
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Die knifflige Sache mit dem Feilschen (24.03.2019). Frankfurter Allgemeine
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Ökonom Wagner: Scoring würde in Deutschland nicht akzeptiert (15.03.2019). Allgemeine Zeitung

In Grenzen akzeptabel (02.07.2018). der Freitag
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eLetter: Free Agents (05.05.2018). Science
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Denken hilft der Gesundheit (29.05.2018). taz