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Prof. Dr. Klaus Prettner


Department of Economics
Welthandelsplatz 1, building D4, floor 2
1020 Vienna, Austria

Phone: +43(1)31336-6586
Fax: +43(1)31336-90-6586

I am a professor of economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). Here you can find information about my research and teaching. For more details, please see my CV.


Selected Publications

  • Krenz, A., Prettner, K., Strulik, H. (2021). Robots, reshoring, and the lot of low-skilled workers. European Economic Review (forthcoming).

  • Bloom, D.E., Kuhn, M., Prettner, K. (2021). Modern Infectious Diseases: Macroeconomic Impacts and Policy Responses. Journal of Economic Literature (forthcoming). [link]

  • Bloom, D.E., Khoury, A., Kufenko, V., Prettner, K. (2021). Spurring Economic Growth through Human Development: Research Results and Guidance for Policymakers. Population and Development Review (forthcoming). [link] [WP]

  • Chen, S. Prettner, K., Kuhn, M., Geldsetzer, P., Wang, C., Bärnighausen, T., Bloom, D.E., (2021). Climate and the spread of COVID-19. Scientific Reports 11, 9042. [link]

  • 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]