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Klaus Prettner

Klaus Prettner

Professor of Macroeconomics and Digitalization

phone: +43 31336 6586


office: D4.2.102

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For details, please see my CV.

WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
Department of Economics
Building D4, 2nd floor
Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna



Selected Publications

  • Bloom, D.E., Kuhn, M., Prettner, K. (2022). Modern Infectious Diseases: Macroeconomic Impacts and Policy Responses. Journal of Economic Literature 60 85-131. [link] [WP]

  • Krenz, A., Prettner, K., Strulik, H. (2021). Robots, reshoring, and the lot of low-skilled workers. European Economic Review 116, 103744. [link] [WP]

  • Prettner, K., Strulik, H. (2020). Innovation, Automation, and Inequality: Policy Challenges in the Race Against the Machine. Journal of Monetary Economics 116, 249-265. [Open Access]

  • Bloom, D.E., Kuhn, M., Prettner, K. (2020). The contribution of female health to economic development. The Economic Journal 130. 1650-1677. [Open Acess]

  • Hof, F. X., Prettner, K. (2019). The quest for status and R&D-based growth. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 162, 290-307. [link] [WP]

  • Chen, S., Kuhn, M., Prettner, K., Bloom, D.E. (2019). Noncommunicable diseases attributable to tobacco use in China: macroeconomic burden and tobacco control policies. Health Affairs 38, 1832-1839. [link]

  • Fan V.Y., Bloom, D.E., Ogbuoji, O., Prettner, K., Yamey, G. (2018). Valuing health as development: going beyond gross domestic product. The BMJ 363:k4371. [Open Access]

  • Prettner, K., Werner, K. (2016). Why it pays off to pay us well: The impact of basic research on economic growth and welfare. Research Policy 45, 1075-1090. [link] [WP]

  • Kuhn, M., Prettner, K. (2016). Growth and welfare effects of health care in knowledge-based economies. Journal of Health Economics 46, 100-119. [link] [WP]

  • Prettner, K., Canning, D. (2014). Increasing life expectancy and optimal retirement in general equilibrium. Economic Theory 56, 191-217. [link] [WP]

  • Strulik, H., Prettner, K., Prskawetz, A. (2013). The Past and Future of Knowledge-based Growth. Journal of Economic Growth 18, 411-437. [link] [WP]

  • Grafeneder-Weissteiner, T., Prettner, K. (2013). Agglomeration and Demographic Change. Journal of Urban Economics 74, 1-11. [link] [WP]