Economist at European Commission

Harald Stieber works in the department for economic analysis and evaluation at DG FISMA, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium. DG FISMA puts forward and monitors regulation for the entire financial sector in the European Union including financial institutions and financial markets, as well as corporate governance, rating agencies and financial accounting. Within his area of responsibility Harald follows economic, structural and institutional developments in the EU’s single market for financial services. His current interests include capital structure choices of non-financial companies, methodological issues in financial integration (e.g. measuring the size of the financial sector), network and agent-based models, theories of money, big data, and new instruments and markets for consumption risk sharing at the level of the private household. As part of his professional assignments, he follows data and modelling for policy issues in collaboration with the digital science department in the Commission, as well as data format and aggregation issues in financial markets regulation. Before joining the European Commission, he was responsible for macroeconomic modelling in the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance and worked on issues related to fiscal federalism; from 2002 to 2007 he was a member of the OECD’s Working Party No 1 on structural economic policies; between 2007 and 2012 he has worked on policy conditionality of macro-financial assistance programs. Harald has some background in engineering (TU Graz), received his master’s degree in economics from the University of Vienna and his doctorate in economics from WU Vienna University of Economics and Business.