I retired as an academic in 2017. I have specialised in the economic implications of societal ageing. In this respect, I have written on labour markets for older persons, public and private pensions, and the financing of care for the frail elderly. This has also led me into the field of social and “responsible” investment.
I studied at the Universities of Oxford and London and held appointments at various universities in the UK. I spent the first part of the 1980s as a research fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum in Berlin. Over the years, I have been a guest at universities in Australia and China and was a visiting professor at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C.
I also was a frequent consultant to the European Commission in Brussels and worked as a senior economist at the OECD in Paris.
I have British and German nationality. I speak and write fluently in German and can converse quite happily in Dutch and French.
Last, I am reasonably competent as an econometrician and spent many years teaching the subject.