is Founder and Director of the Evolutionary Economics Unit at the Max Planck Institute and Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Jena. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Göttingen.
He has been Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim; Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California; Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for Research into Economic Evolution at the University of Freiburg; Heisenberg-Fellowship from the German Research Fund; and Thyssen-Foundation Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. He was awarded the William F. Kapp Prize of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy and served as Honorary Visiting ESRC Professor at the Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition, University of Manchester 1997-99.
His books include Recent Developments In Evolutionary Economics; The Evolving Economy: Essays on the Evolutionary Approach to Economics; Individualistische Grundlagen der evolutorischen Ökonomik; SMS - A Program Package for Simulation and Gaming of Stochastic Market Processes and Learning Behavior; Marktprozesse - neoklassische vs. evolutorische Theorie der Preis- und Mengendynamik; Escaping Satiation. The Demand Side of Economic Growth; Evolutionary Economics; Evolution in Markets and Institutions
; and Explaining Process and Change: Approaches to Evolutionary Economics