Albrecht Ritschl studies economic growth, business cycles, financial crises, and productivity, particularly in the late 19th and early 20th century in Western Europe and the United States. His recent work shows how communal responsibility helps to overcome enforcement problems in anonymous buyer/seller transactions and credit markets. He also has explored the role of currency and banking in the German financial crisis of 1931 for both Germany and the US.
Ritschl is a professor of economic history at the London School of Economics. He previously held faculty appointments at the Humboldt University of Berlin, the University of Zurich, and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.
He is a London Fellow of the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s International Macroeconomics Programme and a Munich Fellow of the Macroeconomics Programme with CESifo. He also is a Cliometrics Society trustee and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Federal Ministry of Commerce.
He earned his doctorate in economics and economic history at University of Munich.
His visit was supported by a generous gift from Donald R. Wilson Jr., AB’88 that advances fiscal studies.