Ludger Schuknecht (born 2 december 1962 in Gelsenkirchen) is a German economist. Since 2018 he is one of four Deputy Secretaries-General of the OECD, under the leadership of Secretary-General José Ángel Gurría.
Previously Schuknecht was Chief Economist at the German Ministry of Finance and heading the Directorate General Fiscal Policy and International Financial and Monetary Policy there. In this role he advised Minister Wolfgang Schäuble on economic policy issues in the domestic and international sphere. Schuknecht left after the departure of the fiscally conservative Schäuble and the arrival of his social democrat successor Olaf Scholz. In 2019, he was replaced with Jakob von Weizsäcker.
As a scholar, Schuknecht's research focuses on public expenditure policies and reform and the analysis of economic boom-bust episodes. Together with Vito Tanzi he published "Public Spending in the 20th Century: A Global Perspective".
Schuknecht is married and has three children.
- "Ludger Schuknecht, Deputy Secretary-General - OECD". www.oecd.org.
- Guy Chazan (April 28, 2019), Doubts grow over Germany’s balanced budget rule Financial Times.
- "Wechsel im Finanzministerium: Chefvolkswirt geht zur OECD" – via www.faz.net.
- Board of Trustees Friedrich August von Hayek Foundation.
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