Christian Kastrop is Director of the Policy Studies Branch at the Economics Department of the OECD.
He was formerly Deputy-Director General, Economics and Strategy Department and Director of Public Finance, Macroeconomics and Research Directorate in the Federal Ministry of Finance, Berlin, Germany.
He studied Economics and Psychology at the University of Cologne and Harvard University, Cambridge Mass. USA. In 1991 he received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cologne where he worked as economist and lecturer from 1984 to 1989.
In 1989 he joined the Ministry of Finance and has been: Senior Economist; Director, Press and Communication Division; Director, Fiscal Policy Division; Director, Public Finance Directorate; Director, EMU Directorate and Director of the International Directorate within the Ministry.
Major projects in his career are the European Stability and Growth Pact, Sustainability and Quality of Public Finance, Fiscal rules and institutional design featuring the new German constitutional Balanced Budget Rule (“Debt-Brake”), now the new EU governance, institutional architecture and Global Policy Stance after the crises.
From 2011 to 2014 he has been Chairman of the OECD’s Senior Budgetary Officials (SBO) network on performance and results. From 2008 - 2010 he served as Chairman of the Economic Policy Committee of European Finance Ministers (ECOFIN-EPC) and Chairman of the EPC-Eurogroup in Brussels.
He is Lecturer for Public Finance/Institutional Design and Fiscal Policy at the Free University of Berlin and at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. He is also a political fellow of the Cologne Institute of Public Finance, German State member for the Brussels-based think-tank BRUEGEL and Program Committee Member of SAFE (Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe), Frankfurt.