Helmut Hesse (economist)

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Helmut Siegfried Hesse (born June 28, 1934 in Gadderbaum, today Bielefeld , † April 16, 2016 in Bovenden ) was a German economist , president of the state central bank in the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, in Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, chairman of the convention of the Evangelical Academy Loccum, Honorary Senator and Vice President of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz.


After graduating from high school, he initially planned to study Protestant theology , but then began studying economics at the University of Cologne in 1954 . After three semesters he moved to the Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel , where he graduated in 1958 with a degree in economics. From 1958 to 1966 he was a research assistant at the University of Münster . In 1959 he completed his dissertation on foreign trade in the development of underdeveloped countries with special attention to Latin America , in 1965 he completed his habilitation with the thesis on " Structural changes in world trade 1950-1960 / 61 " and obtained the Venia legendi for economics.

In 1966 he was appointed professor for economics at the University of Göttingen . From 1969 he headed the Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research there. In 1983 he held the Konrad Adenauer Chair at Georgetown University in Washington, DC

From 1985 to 1988 he was a member of the Expert Council for the assessment of macroeconomic development . However , he resigned from the committee of the five wise men in November 1988 when he was appointed president of the state central bank of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen , Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt , which he headed until 1998.

He was married and had two sons.

Honourings and prices

  • from 1989: Honorary professor at the University of Göttingen
  • 1989: Honorary Senator of the University of Göttingen
  • 1994: Honorary doctorate from the University of Hanover
  • 2004: Bernhard Harms Medal from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy


Helmut Hesse's publication activities covered a wide range of topics. His research activities focused on the areas of foreign trade , world economy and development policy ; Monetary and currency policy, as well as finance . In addition, Hesse also devoted himself to the ethical aspects of the economy.

  • Helmut Hesse (1961), Foreign trade in underdeveloped countries with special attention to Latin America (dissertation), Tübingen: Mohr (Siebeck)
  • Helmut Hesse (1967), Structural Changes in World Trade 1950-1960 / 61 (Habilitation), Tübingen: Mohr (Siebeck)
  • Helmut Hesse, Robert Linde (1976), General Economic Production Theory , Würzburg, Vienna: Physica
  • Helmut Hesse, Hermann Sautter (1977), development theory and policy , Tübingen: Mohr, Düsseldorf: Werner
  • Helmut Hesse (ed., 1981) Workbook Microeconomics , Tübingen: Mohr, ISBN 3-16-342971-8
  • Helmut Hesse, Otmar Issing (eds., 1994), Geld und Moral , Munich: Vahlen, ISBN 3-8006-1832-X
  • Helmut Hesse, Horst Keppler, Andreas Schuseil (1983), Theoretical Foundations of Fiscal Policy , Munich: Vahlen, 2nd edition 1998, ISBN 3-8006-2178-9


  • Kürschner's German Scholars Calendar. Bio-bibliographical directory of contemporary German-speaking scientists , vol. 1 (2005), p. 1347

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Helmut Hesse obituary , FAZ , April 20, 2016
  2. Helmut Hesse in the database of Niedersächsische Personen (new entry required) of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library - Lower Saxony State Library , edited on August 24, 2005, last accessed on June 18, 2016
  3. ^ Bernhard Harms Medal. (No longer available online.) Ifw-kiel.de , archived from the original on April 13, 2014 ; Retrieved June 15, 2013 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.ifw-kiel.de