Prof. Dr. Volker Nitsch


TU Darmstadt, Field: International Economics

Technische Universität Darmstadt

1995 Diplom-Volkswirt, equiv. Master in Economics (Freie Universität Berlin)
1995 - 2003 Senior Economist (Bankgesellschaft Berlin)
2000 Dr. rer. pol., equiv. Ph.D. in Economics (HU Berlin)
seit 2004 Supervision of dissertations (TU Darmstadt, HU Berlin, Jönköping University)
2007 - 2009

Head of Division (KOF Konjunkturforschungsstelle der ETH Zürich, Department Management, Technology und Economics)

since 2010 Variety of conferences, for example "Economic Geography and International Trade" Munich

2003 - 2009 Junior Professor of Economics (FU Berlin)
since 2009 Professor of Economics, Internationale Economics (TU Darmstadt)
  • Focus:
    1. international trade: border effects; effects of currency unions; trade patterns
      trade duration; illicit trade; trade finance
    2. integration: regional trade agreements; institutional arrangements
    3. currency unions: effects on trade and prices; exits from and entry into currency unions
    4. exchange rate regimes: transitions into/from currency unions
    5. central banks: central bank governance
    6. empirical economic geography: path dependency; Zipf's law for cities
  • Research stays in Munich, Canada, Namibia, Dublin, New Zealand, Hong Kong
  • Member of a variety of research associations, including West Africa Insitute, Standing Field Committee in International Economics (German Economic Association), CESifo Munich, Urbancontext Institute of Regional and Urban Research
  • Research grants: Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, European Commission, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


Tear down this wall: on the persistence of borders in trade. in: Canadian Journal of Economics, Feb. 2013 Vol.46., p.154.

The IOC's midas touch: Summer Olympics and city growth. (with N. Wendland) in: Urban Studies, 2017 Vol.54(4), p.971-983

On the design of public institutions: evidence from financial supervision. in: Ensayos sobre política económica, 2015 Vol.33(76), p. 53-60

Wearing corset, losing shape: The euro's effect on trade imbalances. (with H. Berger) in: Journal of Policy Modeling, 2014 Vol.36(1), p.136