Experts & Staff
MPI Nonresident Scholar and MPI Europe Senior Fellow
Head of Research and Development, Erste Group Bank AG
Rainer Münz, an MPI Nonresident Scholar and Senior Fellow with the Migration Policy Institute Europe, is Head of Research & Development at Erste Group Bank AG and Senior Fellow at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics. Dr. Münz was appointed in October 2008 by European Union leaders to a 12-member group, known as the "Group of the Wise," tasked with reflecting on how best to deal with Europe's future challenges and reporting back to the EU leadership in June 2010.
Dr. Münz is an expert on population change, international migration, and demographic aging and their economic impacts and implications for social security. From 1992 to 2003, he was head of the Department of Demography at Humboldt University, Berlin. Prior to that, he served as Director of the Institute of Demography at the Austrian Academy of Science. He earned his PhD from Vienna University in 1978.
Dr. Münz has worked as consultant for the European Commission, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Bank. He served as an advisor to the Greek (2003), Dutch (2004), and Slovene (2008) EU presidencies. In 2000-01, he was a member of the German commission on immigration reform (the Süssmuth commission).
He is the author or coauthor of Overcrowded World? Global Population and International Migration (Haus Publishing, 2008); Costs and Benefits of Immigration to Europe (OECD, 2006); Labour Migrants Unbound: EU Enlargement, Transitional Measures and Labour Market Effects (Institute for Futures Studies, 2005); and Challenges and Opportunities of International Migration for the EU, Its Member States, Neighboring Countries and Regions (World Bank, 2004).