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Professor Wolfgang Maennig

Sport Economics

Hamburg University



Wolfgang Maennig is Professor in the Department of Economics at Hamburg University, Germany. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, the American University in Dubai, UAE, as well as at the University of Istanbul, Turkey, the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the University of Economics, Slovakia. He has also held positions at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, USA, and the Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt, Germany.

His research focuses on sport economics and urban issues, and he has been published in numerous leading academic journals, including the Journal of Economic Geography, the Journal of Urban Economics, Labour Economics, Economic Letters, the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, the Journal Of International Money And Finance, Environment and Planning A, and the Journal of Sports EconomicsHe is also the co-editor of the International Handbook on the Economics of Mega Sporting Events.

He has worked as an expert for many bids for large sporting events, including the Olympic bids of Berlin 2000, Leipzig 2012, Munich 2018 and the Berlin 2009 bid for the Athletics World Cup. He was Olympic champion (rowing, eight with coxwain) at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and President of the German Rowing Federation from 1995-2001. He received the Olympic Order in 2000.