Ralf Kronberger

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Curriculum Vitae


Tertiary Education

  1989-1996 Studies of International Economic Sciences (Master), University of Innsbruck
    Participation at Erasums-Exchange Programme with Sevilla/Spain and Leuven/Belgium
Dissertation submitted for a Diploma Diplomarbeit on contract for the Informatics Department of the Tyrolean Power Supplier (TIWAG)
  1995-1997 Studies of Political Sciences with Selected Courses, University of Innsbruck
    Pre-Diploma (similar to Bachelor) passed with Distinction
    Studies of International Economic Sciences (Ph.D.), University of Innsbruck
  1996 - 2001 Topic: Do the MERCOSUR Countries Form an Optimum Currency Area?
Research semester in Argentina and Uruguay (1997)

Passed with Distinction

Work Experience

  2/1998 - 3/1999 Siemens AG Österreich (Organization and Information), Vienna
    Main activities: Project Management (IT)
  6/1999 – 3/2000 Merrill Lynch International Bank Limited, Vienna
    Main activities: Project Management (Backoffice IT)
  from 4/2000 on Federal Austrian Economic Chamber, Vienna
    Financial, Fiscal and Trade Policy Department
Main activities: Fiscal Policy, GATS/WTO, Economic Research with Focus on Economic Policy
Since 07/2005 Head of Department Financial, Fiscal and Trade Policy
  from 2/2002 on University of Applied Sciences, Wiener Neustadt
    Part time lecturer for Economic Policy
  from 9/2003 on University of Applied Sciences (FH des bfi), Vienna
    Part time lecturer for Economic Policy
from 10/2013 on Vienna University of Economics and Business
Part time lecturer for Economic Policy


  8/1993 - 9/1993 Austrian Delegation of Commerce, Caracas
  3/1996 - 7/1996 European Commission/DG 1B External Relations/ Brussels
  7/1997 - 8/1997 Inter-American Development Bank/INTAL, Buenos Aires


    Reading Writing Verbals Skills
  English Excellent Excellent (Toefl 657/660) Excellent
  Spanish Excellent (3 semesters at Universities with Spanish Language)
Excellent Excellent
  French Excellent (DELF A1, A2, A3, Université Libre de Bruxelles - Niveau Supérieur) Good Fluent
  Polish Good (Jagellonian University, Krakow, Summer Course A2.2)
B1, B2 (University of Vienna)
Good Good



Publications in English

  Kronberger, R. (2002), A Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Monetary Union for Mercosur with particular emphasis on the Optimum Currency Area Theory, Integration & Trade N° 16, INTAL - Inter-American Development Bank, Buenos Aires

Potential costs and benefits of a monetary union for the four MERCOSUR countries Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay are compared.. Particular emphasis was put on the traditional and new approaches to optimum currency area theory which were reviewed and analyzed with respect to their validity for less developed economies. Based on these insights 6 theses have been developed and thereafter were tested empirically, as far as empirical material was available. Evidently MERCOSUR will not start negotiating a treaty on a MERCOSUR monetary union à la Maastricht tomorrow. The necessary institutional framework is de facto non-existent. Further the member countries have shown little willingness of monetary cooperation in the past. Nonetheless, the creation of a single MERCOSUR currency could serve as political lubricant for deepening integration. Such a deepening of the integration process could go hand in hand with sound and coordinated macroeconomic management which in turn could lead to more stability and increased credibility in the region.
  Mahlberg, B./Kronberger, R. (2002), Eastern Enlargement of the European Monetary Union Seen from an Optimal Currency Area Theory, in: Breuss, F./Fink, G./Griller, Economic and Monetary Union – Economic, Legal and Institutional Framework, Schriftenreihe des Institutes für Europafragen, Springer, Wien/New York

In this paper we have discussed whether the CEEC could be part of a European Optimal Currency Area (OCA) with the current member states of the European Union (EU). This would mean increased economic benefits from joining the European Monetary Union (EMU). Criteria derived from OCA theory can be used to determine whether a group of countries may benefit from forming a monetary union. One of the OCA criteria is the similarity of business cycles among the participating countries. Therefore this paper extracted business cycles for the CEEC from Gross Domestic Eastern Enlargement of the European Monetary Union 273 Product (GDP) and Industrial Production (IP) time series data and computed the respective cross correlation coefficients with that of the EU member states. The results have been interpreted in the light of the OCA-theory. 
   Kronberger, R. (2006), Some Insights on the Link between the Public Sector and Economic Growth and International Trade and Economic Growth in: Beer, C./ Janger, J./ Stiglbauer, A. (Hrsg.) Strategies for Employment and Growth, March 3, 2006, Proceedings of Workshop Nr. 10, Vienna.

This comment will focus on some public sector issues such as fiscal federal relations, budgeting procedures and taxes affecting the supply side. The link between trade and growth has not been mentioned at all. This link will be discussed shortly which will provide the basis for the identification of further necessary applied research in this field.

Kronberger, R.(2011),  Comment on the Swedish Fiscal Policy Council, the High Council of Finance in Belgium and the Austrian Government Debt Committee, Wirtschaftspolitische Blätter, 1/2011, Manz Verlag, Wien.

The Swedish Fiscal Policy Council, the High Council of Finance in Belgium and the Austrian Government Debt Committee differ in structure, tasks and history. The interplay between the national fiscal councils and other national institutions deserve a further look. As a consequence of the changing European framework – new economic governance rules and new procedures – the national fiscal councils will have to redefine their roles. Finally, assessing the effectiveness of heterogeneous national fiscal councils is methodologically challenging. A first short attempt on assessing the effectiveness of the Austrian Government Debt Committee delivers mixedresults.

Last updated on 30 May 2015