Albrecht Ritschl is Professor of Economic History at the London School of Economics and a CEPR Research Fellow. He was previously Professor of Economics at Humboldt University of Berlin, at the University of Zurich, as well as Associate Professor of Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He has held visiting fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania and at Princeton University. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board to the German Ministry of Economics. He holds both a doctoral and a habilitation degree from the University of Munich. He has published extensively on German economic history in the 20th century, with a focus on the Great Depression and the 1930s. He recently received wide press coverage for his warnings against an overly strict approach towards the Greek debt problem. Currently he is speaker of an expert commission researching the history of the German Ministry of Economics and its predecessors since 1919.