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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.


  • Courses in the current term: VVZ

  • In the past I have taught courses on macroeconomics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, the Vienna University of Technology, the University of Hohenheim, the University of Göttingen, der University of Aarhus, and Queen's University Belfast.

  • Together with David E. Bloom, I have authored the textbook Automation and Its Macroeconomic Consequences: Theory, Evidence, and Social Impacts. Students at the WU can access the chapters via a campus license here.

  • Some of my lecturecasts on macroeconomic topics are available here.


Selected Publications

  • Bloom, D.E., Kuhn, M., Prettner, K. (2020). Modern Infectious Diseases: Macroeconomic Impacts and Policy Responses. Journal of Economic Literature (forthcoming). [link]

  • Prettner, K., Strulik, H. (2020). Innovation, Automation, and Inequality: Policy Challenges in the Race against the Machine. Journal of Monetary Economics (forthcoming). [Open Access] [WP]

  • Bloom, D.E., Kuhn, M., Prettner, K. (2020). The contribution of female health to economic development. The Economic Journal (forthcoming). [link] [WP]

  • Chen, S., Prettner, K., Cao, B., Geldsetzer, P., Kuhn, M., Bloom, D.E., Bärnighausen, T., Wang, C. (2020). Revisiting the association between temperature and COVID-19 transmissibility across 117 countries. ERJ Open Research 6: 00550-2020 [Open Access]

  • 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]

  • Prettner, K. (2019). A Note on the Implications of Automation for Economic Growth and the Labor Share. Macroeconomic Dynamics 23, 1294-1301. [link] [WP]

  • Chen, S., Kuhn, M., Prettner, K., Bloom, D.E. (2019). The global macroeconomic burden of road injuries: Estimates and projections for 166 countries. The Lancet Planetary Health 3, 390-398. [Open Access]

  • 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., Trimborn, T. (2017). Demographic change and R&D-based economic growth. Economica 84, 667-681. [link] [WP]

  • 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. (2014). The non-monotonous impact of population growth on economic prosperity. Economics Letters 124, 93-95. [link]

  • 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]

  • Prettner, K. (2013). Population aging and endogenous economic growth. Journal of Population Economics 27/2, 811-834. [Open Access]