Fritz Putzhammer
Project Manager,
Bertelsmann Stiftung

Fritz Putzhammer is working as a project manager for the Global Economic Dynamics project of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. Previously, he accomplished his Bachelor’s degree in economics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and is currently also pursuing a Master’s degree in International Affairs at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Within the project he mainly deals with issues related to international trade, such as the economic impact of megaregional free trade agreements as TTIP, TPP and RCEP.

Fritz’ main research interests include the developing and economic policies of a globalized world economy and the effects of bilateral trade agreements on developing countries.

Fritz Putzhammer

Published Posts by Fritz Putzhammer
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The Best of GED - 2017
Catch up on the GED team's favourite blogposts from 2017


As is tradition, we want to celebrate this completion of yet another year of GED economic expertise with you, our faithful audience. For that we have selected our two favorite blopogst for each month this year, which we present to you here in chronological order: More ...

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GED Under the Radar - July Edition
This month under the radar: Venezuela's desperate fight against inflation, Burgernomics and the rising prices of European breakfasts!


Sometimes, stories of interest fall through the cracks of the mainstream attention. In GED Under the Radar, we bring you those stories you might have missed in July. This month under the radar: Venezuela's desperate fight against inflation, Burgernomics and the rising prices of European breakfasts! More ...

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GED Under the Radar - June Edition
This month under the radar: Can China grow forever? Has globalization reached its peak? And Is the Great Barrier Reef “too big to fail”?


Sometimes, stories of interest fall through the cracks of the mainstream attention. In GED Under the Radar, we bring you those stories you might have missed in June. This month under the radar: Can China grow forever? Has globalization reached its peak? And Is the Great Barrier Reef “too big to fail”? More ...

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GED Mini-Series: Inclusiveness in the Global Trading System - How Did We Get Here?
PART ONE: How did we get here? - The history of preferential trade agreements


In our new GED-Project mini-series we examine the issue of inclusiveness in the global trading system. Part one of our four-part series will look at the history of preferential trade agreements and aim to give some insight into how we got to the current situation. More ...

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GED Under the Radar - February Edition
This month under the radar: Danish labor problems, India's poor, an angry Belarusian and French cows!


Today, we are happy to bring you a brand new segment on the ged-project blog. In it, the GED Team will present to you each month those economic stories that we found most interesting in that month but felt received less popular attention than they actually deserved. These stories can come from all over the word. They can be relevant and important for the global economic system as a whole or just affect a select group of few, they can be serious or they can be humorous. In any case they will be interesting. This is "GED Under the Radar"! More ...

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The Best of GED - 2016


While many justifiably might not remember 2016 as one of the better years in recent history, we nonetheless want to celebrate one more year of GED economic expertise. Here are our favorite posts for each month. More ...

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TTIP, TPP, RCEP… How Do Mega Trade Deals Affect Your Country?
Find out with the all new GED Fact Sheets!


  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ALL NEW GED FACT SHEETS!   Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) have been spreading across the global economy for the past 25 years (see our Data Visualization Tool FTA VIS). Recently we have been witnessing the emergence of mega-regional trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and […] More ...

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FTAs in the 21st Century & the “Domino Effect”


The fall and breakup of the Soviet Union opened a new era of Free Trade Agreements. But was the opening up of former communist ruled markets the only reason for the dramatic increase in FTAs during the 90's? More ...

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Grexit Barometer: What the European Citizens Think


At Sunday's summit Greece's fate will likely be decided. While in Germany voices supporting a Grexit have become louder over the last weeks, the German attitude may differ from public opinions in other EU member states. Therefore, today we want to take a closer look at the people’s opinion towards the Greek debt problem throughout Europe. More ...

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How to Deepen Economic Integration within the EU Single Market?


Last week in Brussels the Bertelsmann Stiftung successfully held its long planned joint conference with the European Commission "Making the EU services market an engine for growth". The conference was a full success and a lot of valuable input was collected which we want to look at in a bit more detail in this post. More ...

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Transatlantic Data Flows and Data Protection: The State of the Debate


Last week we talked about the benefits and challenges of transatlantic data flows in the 21st century. This week we want to look at the challenges in particular, though in a less theoretical light. We want to explore, what the state of play regarding data flows and data protection between the EU and the US is right now. What regulatory systems are in place and what are the immediate developments we can expect in this relationship. More ...

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GED @ ... Seminar on Digital Trade


To discuss both the benefits and challenges of transatlantic data flows and how to shape such flows in a free and save way for the future, the GED team together with the “Global Economy and Development” program at the Brookings Institution will be holding a conference in Berlin on May 26th. More ...

Brexit - Questions and Answers

Calculating an UK Exit from the EU – Questions and Answers


In our Brexit policy brief last week we found that an UK – EU separation could potentially have sizeable negative effects on both the continent and especially on the UK itself. While generally well received, there have also been some negative voices concerning our report. This article then shall serve to answer those critics’ questions, clarify our findings and correct some misunderstandings. More ...

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UK at the Crossroad: Why Voters Should Care about a Brexit


As seen from the continent, one would think that ahead of the upcoming general election a potential Brexit - Britain exiting the EU- is the hottest topic agitating public debate. However it seems that, despite growing concerns in the City, UK voters attach little importance to the Brexit question More ...

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TTIP, TTP and the Formation of a New World Trade Order


The world of international trade is changing in a way, previously unseen. With the appearance of mega-regional FTA’s, global markets are evolving into few large and mighty trading blocs. Among those deals, TTIP represents the biggest and most ambitious project. In this post we are looking at how TTIP will impact emerging markets on an economical and a political level. More ...