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Professorship in Federal and Regional Financial Relations

Head and Topics

Prof. Dr. André W. Heinemann

Financial relations between the Federation and Laender


Reform projects in federal states

Effects of centralized and decentralized fiscal policy


[Translate to English:] New edition of the series „Regionalentwicklung und Finanzpolitik Aktuell“

This new edition takes up the first results of the new financial equalization scheme between the federal and state governments and discusses them critically.

The series „Regionalentwicklung und Finanzpolitik Aktuell“ was created as the successor to the "Finanzpolitik Aktuell" series in Department III: Regional Development and Financial Policy of the Labor and Economy Institute (iaw) of the University of Bremen and the Bremen Chamber of Employees and prepares brief information on topics relevant to Bremen in particular. Department III of the iaw is responsible for regional economic research and financial research at the iaw.

Unsurprisingly, this article briefly takes up the first results of the new financial equalization scheme between the federal government and the states for the compensation year 2020 and also goes into some details in some places and thus also prepares arguments for any upcoming discussions about the new financial equalization scheme between the federal and state governments .

You can find the new edition here (in German).

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Financial equalization in 2018: Relative decline of the equalizing volume

In "Regionalentwicklung und Finanzpolitik aktuell 19 (1), Professor Heinemann describes current developments of the equalizing volume of the financial equalisation among the Länder. He points out that the justification of the city states Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg is closely linked to their fiscal performance.

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Current Chamber of Labour project "Platform economy in Bremen"

In the course of digitalization, platform economies significantly gained in importance. With the help of internet platforms, interactions between market actors are enabled through offering consumer goods in an quick and straightforward way for joint utilization. However, modern platforms present new challenges for employers and employees. This project is being conducted by Antje Bollen, Manuel Cordsen, Fabian Fortmann, Prof. Dr. André W. Heinemann (project lead) und Dr. Guido Nischwitz.

Reform of the property tax: background and a solution approach:

In "Regionalentwicklung und Finanzpolitik aktuell 18 (1), Professor Heinemann analyzes the recent developments of a property tax modernization. He suggests a refederalization and recommends a land value tax for economic and ecologic reasons. The land value tax encourages space-saving construction and constitutes a instrument against land speculation. However, a "property tax C" of the current coaltion agreement would be an inadequate alternative.

Read more (German).


Visiting professorship in Kiev

Since March 2018, Professor Dr. André W. Heineman is a "Visiting Professor" at the Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman (KNEU) in Kiev (Ukraine). This involves lectures and stays on a regular basis in Kiev.