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Prof. Dr. Michael Kopsidis

Deputy Head of Department Agricultural Markets


Agricultural Markets, Marketing and World Agricultural Trade (Agricultural Markets)

Research areas

Economic history (Southeast and East Europe, Germany)
Agricultural development since 1750
Market integration since 1750
Transition economics

Personal details

Prof. Dr. Michael Kopsidis is Deputy Head of the Department Agricultural Markets at IAMO and joined the institute as a senior researcher in October 1995. He studied economics at the University of Münster (WWU), Germany. From 1989 to 1994 he was employed as a research assistant at the Institute for Economic and Social History at WWU under Prof. Dr. Richard H. Tilly. Kopsidis’ PhD thesis was titled "Market Integration and Development of Westphalian Agriculture 1780-1880". In 2008 he Habilitated at the Department of Law and Economics of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany, receiving the venia legendi for Economic and Social History. Since 2014 he has been an Adjunct Professor (außerplanmäßiger Professor) at MLU. Kopsidis is also a member of the Committee for Economic History of the German Economic Association (Verein für Socialpolitik).


Tilly, Richard H.; Kopsidis, Michael (2020) From Old Regime to Industrial State: A History of German Industrialization from the Eighteenth Century to World War I (Markets and Governments in Economic History). University of Chicago Press. Review in Journal of Economic Literature: Further information here.

Michael Kopsidis/Martin Ivanov: Modern Industry in Southeast Europe 1945–2010: From Rapid Industrialization to Deindustrialization is freely available online (Online version of the Handbook of the History of Southeast Europe / Vol. 6):