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Prof. Dr. Richard Frensch

Economics Department
Research Associate
  • Description
  • Publications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Projects
  • Teachings
  • Presentations

Description

Richard Frensch studied Economics and Slavic Languages and Literature at the Universities of Bonn and Kansas, earning an M.A. in Economics (1982) and a Diplom-Volkswirt degree (1984). In 1987, he graduated from the Russian area studies program at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich) where he also did his Ph.D. in Economics in 1992. This was followed by a habilitation at the University of Regensburg in 2009. During his professional career at the Institute for East European Studies (OEI), first in Munich and since 2007 in Regensburg, Mr. Frensch has on several occasions been seconded to perform advisory functions for the governments of the Czech Republic and Ukraine. He also worked for the United Nations. He is the Managing Editor of Economic Systems, published for the IOS in collaboration with the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES). His areas of research are institutional change, political economy of globalization, technology, growth, sustainable development, and trade.

Publications

Publikationen

Monographs

Frensch, Richard: Produktdifferenzierung und Arbeitsteilung. Zunehmende Skalenerträge, externe Effekte und monopolistische Konkurrenz im Außenhandel. Heidelberg: Physica, 1993.

Edited Volumes and Special Issues

Frensch, Richard/von Cramon-Taubadel, Stephan, u.a. (Hrsg.): Towards Higher Standards of Living. An Economic Agenda for Ukraine. Programmentwurf für den neuen Präsidenten der Ukraine. Kyiv: Deutsche Beratergruppe und IER, 2004.

Journal Articles

Frensch, Richard/Horvath, Roman/Huber, Stephan: Openness effects on the rule of law: Size and patterns of trade. In: International Review of Law and Economics, 68, December, 2021, S. 106027 (document number). (Journal with Impact Factor, Refereed Journal)
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DOI: 10.1016/j.irle.2021.106027

Frensch, Richard/Hanousek, Jan/Kočenda, Evžen: Trade in parts and components across Europe. In: Czech Journal of Economics and Finance, 66, 3, 2016, S. 236–262. (Journal with Impact Factor, Refereed Journal)

Frensch, Richard/Brada, Josef C./Gundlach, Erich: Openness, institutions, and long-run socio-economic development. In: Economic Systems, 40, 2, 2016, S. 195–197. (Journal with Impact Factor, Refereed Journal)

Frensch, Richard/Hanousek, Jan/Kočenda, Evžen: Obchod s fiskálními statky v Evropské unii: Analýza za pomoci gravitačního modelu [Trade with final products in the EU: A gravity model analysis]. In: Politická ekonomie, 61, 6, 2013, S. 715–734. (Journal with Impact Factor, Refereed Journal, Open Access)

Frensch, Richard/Schmillen, Achim: The Penn Effect and transition: The New EU Member States in international perspective. In: Comparative Economic Studies, 55, 1, 2013, S. 99–119. (Refereed Journal)

Frensch, Richard/Schmillen, Achim: Can we identify Balassa-Samuelson effects with measures of product variety?. In: Economic Systems, 351, 1, 2011, S. 98–108. (Journal with Impact Factor, Refereed Journal)

Frensch, Richard: Studying international trade based on micro and disaggregated macro data. In: Economic Systems, 35, 1, 2011, S. 1–3. (Journal with Impact Factor, Refereed Journal)

Frensch, Richard: Trade liberalisation and import margins. In: Emerging Markets Finance & Trade, 46, 3, 2010, S. 4–22. (Journal with Impact Factor, Refereed Journal)

Frensch, Richard: A note on extensive import margins and technology adoption. In: Journal of International and Global Economic Studies, 2, 1, 2009, S. 46–56. (Refereed Journal)

Frensch, Richard/Gaucaite Wittich, Vitalija: Product variety and technical change. In: Journal of Development Economics, 88, 2, 2009, S. 242–257. (Journal with Impact Factor, Refereed Journal)

Frensch, Richard: Public governance as the source of quality and variety gains from transition. In: Journal of Comparative Economics, 32, 3, 2004, S. 388–408. (Journal with Impact Factor, Refereed Journal)

Frensch, Richard: Tariffs in monopolistic competition models with leisure-consumption trade-off. In: Economics Letters, 77, 2, 2002, S. 255–263. (Journal with Impact Factor, Refereed Journal)

Frensch, Richard: Some perspectives on currency relations between EMU and Central and East European EU accession countries. In: Economic Systems, 25, 3, 2001, S. 175–181. (Journal with Impact Factor, Refereed Journal)

Frensch, Richard: Internal liberalization as a barrier to export-led recovery in Central European countries preparing for EU accession. In: Comparative Economic Studies, 42, 3, 2000, S. 31–47. (Refereed Journal)

Frensch, Richard: Distribution and growth during transition: Introductory note. In: Economic Systems, 22, 1, 1998, S. 53–55. (Journal with Impact Factor, Refereed Journal)

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Frensch, Richard: External liberalization, specialization, and institutional change in times of globalization: The case of central, east and southeast Europe. In: Grömling, Michael/Taube, Markus (Hrsg.): Reflexionen zur Sozialen Marktwirtschaft. Marburg: Metropolis, 2020, S. 75–89.

Frensch, Richard: Von der Plan- zur Marktwirtschaft: Die ökonomische Umgestaltung Mittelosteuropas nach dem Ende des Kommunismus. In: Müntefering, Franz (Hrsg.): Der Aufbau Ost im mittelost-europäischen Vergleich. Eine Bilanz nach 25 Jahren. Berlin: Mitteldeutscher Verlag, 2016.

Frensch, Richard: Outsourcing und unabhängige Institutionen: Das Beispiel der Rule of Law. In: Theurl, Theresia (Hrsg.): Unabhängige staatliche Institutionen in der Demokratie, Schriften des Vereins für Socialpolitik, Neue Folge Band 337. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2013, S. 197–226.

Frensch, Richard/Gaucaite Wittich, Vitalija: The benefits from product differentiation in modern economies. In: Nations, United (Hrsg.): Economic Survey of Europe 2004, 1. Geneva: United Nations, 2004, S. 145–162.

Frensch, Richard/Nowak, Robert: Progress in systemic reforms in the CIS. In: Nations, United (Hrsg.): Economic Survey of Europe 2002, 1. Geneva: United Nations, 2003, S. 123–154.

Frensch, Richard: Openness and cyclical behaviour of selected East European and Baltic economies. In: Nations, United (Hrsg.): Economic Survey of Europe 2002, 1. Geneva: United Nations, 2002, S. 88–94.

Discussion Papers

Frensch, Richard/Bhaumik, Sumon K./Huber, Stephan: Political economy of labour market institutions in a globalised era. In: IZA DP, No. 14121 2021. (Open Access)
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Frensch, Richard/Fidrmuc, Jarko/Rindler, Michael: Topography, borders, and trade across Europe. In: IOS Working Papers, No. 395 2021. (Open Access)
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Curriculum vitae

Professional Career
  • Department of Economics, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (until 2021: Head of Department), since 2012
  • Professor of Economics, esp. Trade and Development of Central and Eastern Europe, University of Regensburg, 2011—2021
  • Deputy Director, Osteuropa-Institut Regensburg, 2009—2011
  • Senior Research Associate, Osteuropa-Institut München (since September 2007: Osteuropa-Institut Regensburg), 2003—2009
  • Member of the Advisory Group, German Advisory Group on Economic Reforms with the Government of Ukraine, Kyiv, 2003—2004
  • First Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Genf, 2001—2003
  • Principal Adviser to the Minister, Czech Ministry of Economy, Prague, 1992—1993
  • Fellow International School of Economic Research at the University of Siena, 1992
  • Research Associate, Osteuropa-Institut München, 1987—2001
  • Junior Research Associate, University of Bonn, 1985
Education
  • Habilitation (Liberalisation, trade and convergence), University of Regensburg, 2009
  • Dr. oec. publ. (Ph.D., Economics; Product differentiation and the division of labour in international trade), University of Munich, 1992
  • Diploma (Russian Area Studies), University of Munich, 1987
  • Diploma (Economics), University of Bonn, 1984
  • M. A. in Economics, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA, 1982
Research Interests
  • International trade
  • Growth, technology and development
  • Institutional change and transition
Policy Consulting
  • United Nations
  • Presidential Administration, Parliament, Government and National Bank of Ukraine
  • Czech Ministry of Economy
  • German Federal Ministries of Economy and Finance
  • Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (German Government Development Bank)
Professional Activities
  • Managing Editor of Economic Systems, published by Elsevier/North-Holland in collaboration with the European Assoc. for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES)
  • Ad-hoc Journal Referee, inter alia for the European Economic ReviewJournal of Comparative Economics, and Review of International Economics Referee for the Global Development Network of the World Bank, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic (GAČR), and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 
Grants and Fellowships
  • Research Grant, Bavarian Ministry of Science. Openness and institutional change: the case of the Rule of Law (with Herbert Küpper et al.) within the framework of the Bavarian Research Network ForChange, 2013—2017
  • Research Grant, German Science Foundation (DFG). The Balassa-Samuelson-Effect: An Inevitable Fact of Life? (with Jürgen Jerger, Joachim Möller, and Achim Schmillen), 2008—2010
  • Research Grant, German Science Foundation (DFG). Labour Market Effects of International Outsourcing: A Comparative Analysis with Micro-data (with Wolfram Schrettl), 2008—2009
  • Research Grant, Bavarian Ministry of Science. Technological Convergence by Integration? Implications of Product Variety for Technical Progress in the Enlarged EU (with Joachim Möller), 2006—2007
  • Research Grant, Bavarian Ministry of Science. Eastern EU Enlargement and EMU. Economic Development and Stability: A Risk Assessment (with Lutz Hoffmann and Roman Czech), 2003—2005
  • Consulting Grant of the German Federal Government: German Advisory Group on Economic Reforms with the Government of Ukraine (with Lutz Hoffman, Lorenz Schomerus et al.), 2003—2004
  • Research Grant, Bavarian Ministry of Science. Perspectives on Currency Relations between EMU and Central and East European EU Accession Countries, 2001—2003
  • Expert Advisors Program Grant, Ford Foundation, 1992—1993
  • Fellowship, International School of Economic Research, University of Siena, Italy, 1992
  • Graduate Fellowship, University of Munich and Volkswagen Foundation, 1985—1987
  • Graduate Fellowship, Georgetown University (declined), 1985
  • Graduate Scholarship, University of Kansas, 1981—1982

Projects

Projekte

Completed Projects
  • Openness and institutional change: the case of the Rule of Law
  • Economic and Financial Impacts of East-West Trade and FDI (completed)
  • Forschungsprojekt des Bayerischen Wissenschaftsministeriums: Offenheit und institutioneller Wandel: Das Beispiel der Rule of Law (mit Herbert Küpper et al.) im Rahmen des Bayrischen Forschungsverbundes ForChange, 2013—2017
  • DFG-Projekt: Der Balassa-Samuelson-Effekt. An Inevitable Fact of Life? – Eine empirische Analyse seiner Grundlagen auf Arbeits- und Gütermärkten (mit Jürgen Jerger, Joachim Möller und Achim Schmillen), 2008—2010
  • DFG-Projekt: Labour Market Effects of International Outsourcing: A Comparative Analysis with Micro-data (mit Wolfram Schrettl), 2008—2009
  • Forschungsprojekt des Bayerischen Wissenschaftsministeriums: Technologische Konvergenz durch Integration? Die Bedeutung der Produktvielfalt für den technischen Fortschritt in der erweiterten EU (mit Joachim Möller), 2006—2007
  • Forschungsprojekt des Bayerischen Wissenschaftsministeriums: Osterweiterung und Währungsunion. Risikoabschätzung für die wirt­schaftliche Entwicklung und Stabilität (mit Lutz Hoffmann and Roman Czech), 2003—2005
  • Beratungsprojekt der Bundesregierung: Deutschen Beratergruppe Wirtschaft bei der Regierung der Ukraine (mit Lutz Hoffman, Lorenz Schomerus et al.), 2003—2004
  • Forschungsprojekt des Bayerischen Wissenschaftsministeriums: Perspektiven der Währungsbeziehungen zwischen der Europäischen Währungsunion und den mittel- und osteuropäischen EU-Beitrittskandidaten, 2001—2003

Teachings

Summer term 2021
  • Außenhandelstheorie und -politik, Vorlesung, Universität Regensburg
Winter term 2020/21
  • Economic Growth, Vorlesung (Online-Veranstaltung), Universität Regensburg
Winter term 2018/19
  • Economic Growth, Vorlesung, Universität Regensburg
  • Ecnomic Growth, Vorlesung, Universität Regensburg
Summer term 2018
  • Außenhandelstheorie und -politik, Vorlesung, Universität Regensburg
  • Growth, Natural Resources, and Sustainable Development, Blockseminar, Zeppelin Universität
Winter term 2017/18
  • Economic Growth, Vorlesung mit Übung, Universität Regensburg
Summer term 2017
  • Wachstum, natürliche Ressourcen und Nachhaltigkeit, Seminar, Universität Regensburg

Presentations

2020
  • Die Ukraine als Fallbeispiel für die Bedeutung von Institutionen. Winterschule Ukraine Ukrainische Freie Universität München, in Zusammenarbeit mit dem IOS Regensburg, der Universität Regensburg, und der LMU München, München, 11.03.2020.
2019
  • Die Ukraine als Fallbeispiel für die Bedeutung von Institutionen. Winterschule Ukraine IOS Regensburg in Zusammenarbeit mit der Universität Regensburg, LMU München und UFU München, Regensburg, 12.03.2019.
  • Rivers and trade. Poster Session II Association of Comparative Economic Studies (ACES), im Rahmen der Jahrestagung der Allied Social Science Associations, Atlanta, USA, 04.01.2019.
2018
  • World Trade and Endogenous Rule of Law: Size and Pattern Effects. 11th FIW Research Conference ‘International Economics’ (The 11th FIW-Research Conference ‘International Economics is jointly organized by FIW, the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) Regensburg, the ifo institute, the University of Ljubljana, the Universita di Bologna, University of Economics Bratislava and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA KRTK)). WIFO, Wien, 30.11.2018.
  • World Trade and Endogenous Rule of Law: Size and Pattern Effects Masaryk University, Brno, 05.11.2018.
  • Das Kapital im 21. Jhdt. und davor – Eine kritische Würdigung der Thesen Pikettys. Wie gerecht ist die Welt? Soziale Ungleichheit und Wirtschaftswachstum Akademie für politische Bildung, Tutzing, 06.07.2018.
  • Politik und Wirtschaft zwischen Öffnung und Schließung. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde (Moderation der Podiumsdiskukussion). DGO, München, 09.03.2018.
  • Warum scheitern Nationen? – Eine kritische Würdigung der Thesen von Acemoglu und Robinson. Tutzinger Fortbildungsseminar: Aktuelle Fragen der Wirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing, 06.03.2018.
  • Die Ukraine als Fallbeispiel für die Bedeutung von Institutionen. Winterschuke Ukraine (Durchgeführt in Kooperation der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, des Leibniz-Instituts für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (IOS) Regensburg und der Ukrainischen Freien Universität). LMU, München, 05.03.2018.
2017
  • Rivers and trade. Methoden-Kolloquium Zeppelin Universität, Friedrichshafen, 29.11.2017.
  • Die Ukraine als Fallbeispiel für die Bedeutung von Institutionen. Wirtschaftsforum im Rahmen der internationalen Sommerakademie „XXII. Greifswalder Ukrainicum – Greifswald Ukrainian Summer School“ Greifswald, 22.08.2017.
  • Diffusion of technology and growth: Using ideas. 20th Annual International IES Summer School Institute of Economic Sciences, Belgrad, 05.07.2017.
  • Rivers and trade. Second World Congress of Comparative Economics HSE St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, 17.06.2017.
  • Presenting Economic Systems. Second World Congress of Comparative Economics HSE St. Petersburg, St. Peterburg, 16.06.2017.
  • Trade patterns, rule of law, and labor market institutions: Global evidence. Joint Research Seminar on Labour Economics der Hamburger Universitäten Hamburg, 12.06.2017.
  • Das Kapital im 21. Jhdt. und davor – Eine kritische Würdigung der Thesen Pikettys. Tutzinger Fortbildungsseminar: Aktuelle Fragen der Wirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing, 07.03.2017.
  • Trade patterns and endogenous institutions: Global evidence. Panel der Association of Comparative Economic Studies (ACES) zu “Empirical Analysis of Institutions Across Countries and Regions”. Jahrestagung der Allied Social Sciences Association Chicago, 06.01.2017.
  • Comments on “Institutions and the allocation of talent: Evidence from Russian regions”, von Michael Alexeev, Timur Natkhov und Leonid Polishchuk. Panel der Association of Comparative Economic Studies (ACES) zu “Empirical Analysis of Institutions Across Countries and Regions”. Jahrestagung der Allied Social Sciences Association Chicago, 06.01.2017.

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