Michael Thöne
Michael Thöne
External Partner

Michael is an external collaborator in BBVA Research. He is a member of the following groups and boards: Chairman of the Working Group on Public Economics at  the Federal Minister of Finance, Member of the Financial and Economic Policy Commission of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, Member of the Advisory Board “Reform of Fiscal Federalism” of the Ministry of Finance of the State Saxony-Anhalt, Member of the Advisory Board of Green Budget Germany, Member of Eurostat-Task force on COFOG - Classification of Functions of Government "of the European Commission, and a former Member of the Working Group "Quality of public Finances” of the Economic Policy Committee of the European Union.

Michael has been working as a scientific policy consultant for 20 years, inter alia with ten federal ministries in Germany, state governments and parliaments, local government associations and local authorities, some international governments, EU institutions, the OECD and the WTO.

Michael Thöne studied Economics and Political Sciences at the University of Cologne and at the Trinity College, University of Dublin. Since 2005, he is the Managing Director of the FiFo Institute of Public Economics at the University of Cologne.

Latest publications

Reforms of regional financing are due soon or even overdue in Spain and in Germany. This research paper compares the systems of regional financing in both countries, describes their financial outcomes, benchmarks them against criteria taken from the modern theory of fiscal federalism and extracts some lessons for reform from this endeavour.