Member of the Month



Reinhard Neck, Ph.D
Full Professor
University of Klagenfurt (Department of Economics)

As guest editor of the June 2014 Atlantic Economic Journal special issue dedicated to Austrian Economics, Professor Neck is the perfect choice for our June Member of the Month. Reinhard Neck was still a young post-doc at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in 1978 when he first heard of The Atlantic Economic Society. Only a year later the very first International Conference of the Atlantic Economic Society was held in Vienna, Austria. It was in Vienna that Reinhard Neck met IAES founder, John M. Virgo. Over the years Professor Neck has consistently and actively been involved with the society. He served as Vice President of the society from 2011-2012 and President of the society from 2012-2013. He has also served as chair on a number of IAES conference program committees and most recently played a significant role in the organization of the April 2013 Vienna conference. Thank you for all of your continued support, Professor Neck.

*Click HERE to view the special issue*

Why did you decide to become a member?

 It was a unique opportunity to get into contact with researchers from foreign countries and to present some of my research ideas to an international audience.

What do you find most enjoyable about your involvement with the IAES?

 The facilitation of contacts across the Atlantic has always been the mission of the IAES. Without the society and its collaborators a lot of the cross-fertilization between Austrian and U.S. economists may not have occurred. Bringing together authors from both sides of the Atlantic results in a more balanced and comprehensive picture of what can be expected of political economy and economic policy.

What types of projects/research are you working on and what inspires/motivates your field of study?

Over the years I have written extensively on the macroeconomics of the European Union and on public debt. In the recent months I served as a guest editor for the Atlantic Economic Journal special issue devoted entirely to the Austrian School of Economics.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering entering your line of work or field of study?

I would advise him/her to stay independent of political ideologies, parties and lobbies of whatever persuasion and to stay tuned to the research ethics and methodology of Sir Karl Popper. 

Favorite hobby:  

I like reading (apart from economics especially philosophy, mathematics and history), travelling, making contact with colleagues all over the world.


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