Hermann Heinrich Gossen Award 2021

This year´s Hermann Heinrich Gossen Award winner ist Florian Scheuer (Zurich University).


On Monday, September 27, 2021, the Hermann Heinrich Gossen Prize was awarded to Florian Scheuer (University of Zurich).

"In one sentence, Florian is the perfect example of a highly educated, well travelled, wonderfully connected international scholar who returns to his roots and passes on his wisdom", said Georg Weizsäcker (VfS Chairman) in his statement.

Florian Scheuer studied economics at the University of Konstanz and then went to MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to complete his Ph.D. He completed his Ph.D. in 2010 and joined the Economics Department at Stanford University as an Assistant Professor. In addition to teaching and research, Florian Scheuer has since taken on numerous other tasks in the professional community, in particular as a peer reviewer and member of important professional committees. Since 2016, Florian Scheuer has been a professor at the University of Zurich.

His research focuses on tax theory and related areas of finance and applied microeconomics. Mostly, his approach is characterized by a methodological mix of theory and empirics. In terms of content, he has repeatedly made very important contributions to a topic that has long preoccupied economics: Inequality. In several articles, Florian Scheuer examines how tax revenues respond to various taxes, emphasizing again and again that these responses differ greatly by type of income and wealth, and likewise by whether the taxed individuals can choose this type of income and wealth themselves. The outstanding professional quality of Florian Scheuer's work can easily be seen from the fact that he has published in almost all leading journals: among others, American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Political Economy. The funding of his current research by an ERC Starting Grant is also evidence of the high professional recognition Florian Scheuer receives.

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