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Albrecht Ritschl

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Relevant research

Ritschl, A. (2012), “The Marshall Plan, Postwar Germany, and the Historical Roots of the Eurozone Debt Crisis”, Paper Presented at the Social Science and Policy Forum, University of Pennsylvania, November 2.

Ritschl,A. and B. Eichengreen (2009) "Understanding West German Economic Growth in the 1950s," Cliometrica 3: 191-219.

Ritschl, A. (2012) "The German Transfer Problem, 1920-1933: A Sovereign Debt Perspective," European Review of History 10: 943-964.

Ritschl, A. (2013) "Reparations, Deficits, and Debt Default: the Great Depression in Germany," in Nicholas Crafts/Peter Fearon (eds.), The Great Depression of the 1930s, Oxford: Oxford University Press,110-139. Available from LSE on request.

Ritschl, A. and T. Straumann (2010) "Business Cycles and Economic Policy, 1914-1945", in: Stephen Broadberry/Kevin O'Rourke (eds.), Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe Vol. 2, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 156-180. LSE Research Online ID: 32432

Evidence of impact

Print interviews and articles: Interview ‘Athens going down the way of the Weimar Republic’, Deutschlandradio Kultur, 16 June 2011,

Interview ‘Economic Historian: Germany Was Biggest Debt Transgressor of 20th Century’. Spiegel Online International, 21 June 2011, - in German: - in English:

Ritschl: ‘Germany owes Greece a Debt’. The Guardian, 21 June 2011,

‘Like Chancellor Bruening in the Weimar Republic’ (in German), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 6 Feb 2012,

Interchange with Ifo Institute President Hans-Werner Sim: Sinn: “Why Berlin is Balking On A Bailout”, New York Times, 12 June 2012,

Ritschl: “Germany, Greece and the Marshall Plan”, The Economist – Free Exchange, 15 June 2012,




German TV documentary on Germany’s post-war reconstruction (as lead expert): Documentary featuring interview: ‘History on Channel One: Our Economic Miracle. The True Story’ (in German), German TV Channel One (ARD), 15 July 2013.

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Presentation at the Penn Economic History Forum on the Marshall Plan, 2 November 2012:

Interview on Deutsche Welle TV in 2011: English: German:

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