Dennis Snower


By Sabine Engels

Dennis Snower is a Professor of Macroeconomics and Sustainability at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, the President of the Global Solutions Initiative, Senior Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford University, and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. He is an expert on labor economics and public policy and is well-known for the insider-outsider theory of employment and unemployment which he developed together with Assar Lindbeck. Snower has acted as an adviser to a variety of international organizations and national governments and has published extensively on employment policy, the design of social systems, caring economics, and monetary and fiscal policy. At THE NEW INSTITUTE, Snower will be coordinating the programme “Socio-Economic Transformation”.

Selected Publications

  • "The Insider-Outsider Theory of Employment and Unemployment", 1988

What gives you hope?

There are many people, coming from all walks of life, concerned with problems that extend far beyond their national, cultural and religious interests. The initiatives from the youth, civil societies and business with regard to climate change is a good example. 

How does change happen?

It happens when there is a confluence of vision and action across many levels of decision making, extending from the supra-national to the national to the regional to the local. 

What is the best advice you ever got?

The best advice I ever got was from my father, who told me „This is a great day. Rejoice and be happy in it.“


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