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Andreas Freytag

Email: andreas.freytag@ecipe.org

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Areas of Expertise: European Union EU Trade Agreements Eurozone Crisis WTO and Globalisation Africa

Andreas Freytag

Andreas Freytag is a Senior Fellow of ECIPE and a Professor of Economics at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and Honorary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch. He is also Director of Tutwa Germany (www.tutwaconsulting.com), a Senior Research Fellow at ECIPE, Brussels, and a Senior Research Associate at SAIIA, Johannesburg; he is associated to the G8 Research Group at the University of Toronto.

Freytag has obtained his diploma from the University of Kiel, his doctorate as well his Habilitation from the University of Cologne. Prior to his appointment in Jena, he worked at the Kiel Institute for World Economics, the University of Cologne, Cambridge University (as Visiting Scholar), and the Eesti Pank, Tallinn, Estonia. He has been consultant for the EU-Commission, the OECD, the IMF and various public and private clients.

Freytag was a member of the executive board of the European Public Choice Society from 2006 to 2009 and SAIIA’s Bradlow Fellow 2008. He has published a number of books and articles in first-class peer-reviewed journals on economic policy, international trade policy, development economics and international policy coordination. He contributes to blogs and has a weekly column on wiwo-online, a German magazine.


  • ECIPE Policy Briefs

    That Chinese “juggernaut” – Should Europe Really Worry about its Trade Deficit with China?

    By: Andreas Freytag 

    China’s exchange-rate policy has been under attack in the last years, especially in the United States. Now the critique of Beijing’s policy is coming from Europe as well, and Chinese authorities are accused of boosting its own export, at others expense, by keeping its currency below its real value. At the centre of the European criticism has been the link between China’s allegedly undervalued currency European Union’s soaring bilateral trade deficit with...

  • ECIPE Policy Briefs

    The Rome Treaty at 50

    By: Fredrik Erixon Andreas Freytag Gernot Pehnelt 

    In March, 2007, the Treaty of Rome celebrates its 50th anniversary. The chief lesson from this remarkable period of European cooperation is the contribution to growth and prosperity from economic integration. The common commercial policy that emerged from this treaty has had a significant impact on European economic development. Equally important, regional liberalisation in Europe spurred multilateral trade liberalisation under the auspices of the GATT and the...

  • ECIPE Policy Briefs

    Germany and the G-8 Presidency

    By: Fredrik Erixon Andreas Freytag 

    Germany’s G-8 Presidency occurs in a formative period for German foreign economic policy. It is about to step out of the post-Cold War order, but has not yet found a comprehensive strategy for global engagement. Hitherto Germany has had a flexible approach to its G-8 Presidency and neglected to form a decisive agenda that fits the G-8 structure of a limited membership. Furthermore, Germany has not been inclined to use its Presidency to link its foreign...

  • ECIPE Working Papers

    Debt Relief and Changing Governance Structures in Developing Countries

    By: Andreas Freytag Gernot Pehnelt 

    In this paper we empirically discuss the question whether or not debt relief in the past fifteen years has been economically rational. Analysing the determinants of debt relief our results suggest that governance quality did not play a role in the decision of creditor countries to forgive debt in the 1990s. Furthermore, even the actual debt burden of highly indebted poor countries had not been crucial for the decision whether or not debt forgiveness was granted....

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