Appointment: Prof. Dr. Hodler Prof. Dr. Roland Hodler has been Full Professor of Economics at the School of Economics and Political Science (SEPS) since 1 February 2014. Roland Hodler was born in 1975. He has Australian and Swiss nationality. Prof. Dr. Roland Hodler studied economics at the University of Berne and obtained his Master’s degree in 2000. He then started his doctoral studies and completed the Swiss Program for Beginning Doctoral Students in the Study Center Gerzensee. Research Fellow in Munich and Oxford Roland Hodler was awarded his Doctor’s degree in 2004 with a thesis on Rent Seeking, Windfall Gains and Economic Development. He then first spent a year as a researcher at Harvard University, followed by another year as a research fellow at the University of Berne before switching to the University of Melbourne in 2007 to work as a lecturer for three years. After his return, he was programme manager for doctoral courses at the Study Center Gerzensee. From 2011, Prof. Dr. Roland Hodler was a professor at the University of Lucerne. He is a research fellow of both the CESifo (research group in the field of economic sciences) in Munich and the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource-Rich Economies of the University of Oxford. Between 2010 and 2013, Prof. Dr. Roland Hodler completed several shortish research stays at other universities: the University of Oxford, the Pompeu Fabra University, LMU Munchen and Monash University. Political economics and development economics Prof. Dr. Roland Hodler’s research interests focus on political economics and development economics. He has an excellent publication record with numerous contributions to leading journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the European Economic Review, the Journal of Development Economics and the Journal of Public Economics. In addition, Prof. Dr. Roland Hodler is a peer reviewer for numerous journals. He has an extremely extensive international network. Roland Hodler regularly presents his research results at academic conferences and is actively involved in the scientific discourse. Courses at the HSG Prof. Dr. Roland Hodler has a great deal of teaching experience in the fields of microeconomics and political economics. He has had outstanding teaching evaluations and was the recipient of the 2008 Dean’s Outstanding Lecturer Award at the University of Melbourne. His academic orientation enables him both to teach courses in the economics programmes and to contribute to teaching in other programmes of the HSG. In future, he will be particularly active in courses at all Levels in the field of public economics while also offering courses at the Master’s and Doctoral Levels. Succession to Prof. Dr. Gebhard Kirchgässner Prof. Dr. Roland Hodler will formally succeed Prof. Dr. Gebhard Kirchgässner, who retired in Spring Semester 2013. From 1 April, he will exercise the function of a Director at the Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research (SIAW).