Prof. Dr. Tobias Thomas is the Director of Research (Head of Institute) of the economic research institute EcoAustria. In addition, he is adjunct Professor of Economics, in particular Political Economy and Media Impact Analysis, at the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf as well as CMDS Fellow at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. Thomas is Founding Member of ECONWATCH – Society for Policy Analysis in Berlin and was its Chairman from 2003 to 2019. Furthermore, Thomas is member of the standing field committee for Economic Systems and Institutional Economics of the German Economic Association, one of the largest professional economics associations in Europe. Thomas is scientific expert at the Austrian Pension Commission which advices the Federal government regarding the sustainability of the national pension system. Thomas is the 5th most influential economist in Austria according to the Economist-Ranking 2019 of Die Presse, F.A.Z., and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.