Prof. Dr. Thomas Lenk

Prof. Dr. Thomas Lenk

Professor

Finanzwissenschaft
Neues Augusteum
Augustusplatz 10, Room A136
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-33580
Fax: +49 341 97-33589

Prof. Dr. Thomas Lenk

Prof. Dr. Thomas Lenk

Institute Head

Institute of Public Finance and Public Management (PFPM)
Neues Augusteum
Augustusplatz 10, Room A 138
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-33581
Fax: +49 341 97-33589

Prof. Dr. Thomas Lenk

Prof. Dr. Thomas Lenk

Vice-Rector for Development and Transfer

Prorektor für Entwicklung und Transfer
Rektoratsgebäude
Ritterstraße 26, Room 217
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-30040
Fax: +49 341 97-+49 341 97-31130040

Abstract

Prof. Dr. Thomas Lenk has been Vice Rector for Development and Transfer at the University of Leipzig since 2011. He is the director of the Institute for Public Finance and Public Management and holds the Chair of Public Finance. In addition, he is 1st Chairman of the Board of Management of the Competence Center for Public Economy, Infrastructure and Services of General Interest and Director of the Competence Center for Municipal Infrastructure Saxony. Since 2017 he is also a member of the Independent Advisory Board of the Stability Council of the Federal Republic of Germany.



Professional career

  • 04/1986 - 10/1993
    research assistant at Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bert Rürup at the Institute for Public Finance at the Technical University of Darmstadt
  • since 04/1993
    Professor of Public Finance at the University of Leipzig
  • 04/1994 - 10/2009
    Director of the Institute for Finance at the University of Leipzig
  • since 10/2006
    Director of the Center for International Economic Relations at the University of Leipzig (ZIW)
  • since 04/2009
    Director of the Institute for Public Finance and Public Management
  • since 10/2009
    Director of the Competence Center for Public Economy and Services of General Interest e. V.
  • since 01/2010
    Director of the competence center for municipal infrastructure in Saxony (formerly the PPP competence center Saxony)
  • since 04/2011
    Vice-Rector for Development and Transfer at Leipzig University

Education

  • 10/1978 - 09/1985
    Studied industrial engineering (specializing in mechanical engineering) at the Technical University of Darmstadt
  • 08/1985 - 07/1988
    Thesis on the topic: 'Telework - Possibilities and limits of a tele-communicative decentralization of company workplaces' at Darmstadt Technical University
  • 08/1988 - 06/1992
    Habilitation on the topic: 'Reform needs and reform possibilities of the federal German financial equalization - a simulation study' at the Technical University of Darmstadt
  • since 07/1992
    Granting of the venia legendi for the subject of economics

Panel Memberships

  • since 06/1987
    Member of the Association for Social Policy
  • since 10/1993
    Member of the budget commission of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Leipzig
  • 10/1993 - 09/1995
    Library representative of the faculty
  • 10/1993 - 09/1995
    Representative of economists in the study commission
  • 10/1993 - 09/1996
    Member of the council of the University of Leipzig
  • 10/1993 - 09/1996
    Faculty Council member
  • since 01/1994
    Editor of working papers and publications of the Institute for Public Finance and Public Management (formerly: Institute for Finance)
  • since 06/1994
    Member of the examination board of the Administration and Business Academy Leipzig (VWA)
  • since 06/1994
    Member of the Association of Local Public Economics (ALPES)
  • since 06/1994
    Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Moritzbastei Leipzig Foundation
  • since 10/1996
    Chairman of the budget commission of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Leipzig
  • since 03/1997
    Curator AIESEC Leipzig
  • since 06/1997
    Member of the Finance Committee
  • 10/1998 - 02/2011
    Member of the central budget commission of the University of Leipzig
  • 06/1999 - 06/2000
    Member of the supervisory board of Internet-AG, Frankfurt
  • 10/1999 - 09/2000
    Economists spokesman
  • 10/1999 - 02/2011
    Deputy chairman of the central budget commission of the University of Leipzig
  • 06/2000 - 06/2002
    Co-founder and managing director of inomic - reseach & coaching GmbH, Leipzig
  • 06/2000 - 06/2005
    Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Contas AG, Leipzig
  • 01/2003 - 06/2007
    Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Society for Public Economy
  • 01/2003 - 12/2015
    Senior partner of inomic GmbH, Leipzig
  • 06/2004 - 06/2005
    Expert forum Leipzig, convened by Mayor Tiefensee
  • 01/2005 - 06/2006
    Supervisory board member BBVl
  • 01/2005 - 06/2006
    Cultural Development Advisory Board of the City of Leipzig
  • 10/2005 - 09/2006
    Economists spokesman
  • since 01/2006
    Co-editor „Transformation – Leipziger Beiträge zu Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft“
  • since 01/2007
    Co-editor of "Schriften zur öffentlichen Verwaltung und öffentlichen Wirtschaft"
  • since 01/2007
    Co-organizer "Leipzig Seminar Economics and Practice"
  • 01/2007 - 06/2010
    Moderator in the jour fix „Kulturentwicklungsplanung“
  • 10/2007 - 09/2008
    Member of the council of the University of Leipzig
  • 06/2007 - 06/2008
    Faculty Council member
  • since 01/2008
    Co-editor "Zeitschrift für öffentliche und gemeinnützige Unternehmen ZögU"
  • since 01/2009
    Co-editor "Jahrbuch für öffentliche Finanzen"
  • 01/2009 - 01/2011
    Member of the review board for economics of the German Research Foundation DFG
  • 06/2009 - 06/2012
    Deputy Chairman of the Administrative Board of the Leipzig Student Union
  • 01/2010 - 01/2011
    Senator of the University of Leipzig
  • since 01/2011
    Member of the Board of Trustees at the Humanities Center for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO) at the University of Leipzig
  • since 01/2011
    Member of the Leipzig Regional Forum
  • since 01/2015
    Member of the supervisory board of the European Metropolitan Region of Central Germany
  • since 01/2017
    Chairman of the University Foundation Leipzig, "Stiftung bürgerlichen Rechts"
  • since 06/2017
    Member of the independent advisory board of the Stability Council

Prof. Dr. Thomas Lenk conducts research on a variety of topics and methods. First and foremost, he focuses on fiscal federalism (especially federal-state fiscal relations), on which he regularly publishes journal articles, newspaper articles and expert opinions.

In the context of his work on the independent advisory board of the Stability Council of the Federal Republic of Germany, he also deals in detail with the debt brake and its effects on public finances. In addition, Prof. Dr. Lenk has many years of experience in the field of municipal finance, including in particular municipal fiscal equalization. Furthermore, he deals with the broad field of public economics, which includes, for example, municipal interest and debt management or urban mobility.

Together with Prof. Dr. Weiß, Prof. Dr. Thomas Lenk offers the module "Introduction to Economics", which Bachelor students take in the first semester. He is responsible for the sub-module "Introduction to Economics", which deals with the basics of microeconomics and macroeconomics, national accounts, monetary theory and monetary policy as well as national financial and economic policy.

In addition, he is responsible, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Schnabl, for the module "Government and Economics", which is aimed at Bachelor students in their fourth semester. He teaches the sub-module "Finanzwissenschaft: Einnahmenlehre" (Finance: Revenue Theory), which deals with the standards of public taxation, the basics of the tax system of the Federal Republic of Germany, the federal fiscal equalization system, the German social security system and the theory of public debt.

In addition, he offers the following modules:

  • Finance: Expenditure Theory (Bachelor's program).
  • Allocative fiscal policy (Master's program)
  • Distributive and Stability-Oriented Fiscal Policy (Master's program)