The Directors General of Statistics Austria
Gabriela Petrovic Tobias Thomas
After graduating in law, Gabriela Petrovic subsequently worked for many years as an academic assistant at the renowned Vienna Institute for Employment and Social Law. She then transferred from research to practice, moving from the position of Personnel Manager of a large retail group to a managerial role at a printing and media company. Since January 2000, as Director General of the Commercial division she has been responsible for financial matters during the reorganisation of the Austrian Central Statistics Office into a federal institute under public law that is now hived off from the federal agency and has a stronger focus than previously on efficiency.
Mrs. Petrovic, who was born in Vienna, considers her most pressing responsibilities to be a management strategy that consistently covers its own costs, the ongoing use of appropriate management systems and the systematic use of effective personnel development measures through which the workforce’s existing potential can be enhanced and harmonised with the organisation’s objective of providing high-quality, economically compiled federal statistics.
Since June 2020, Tobias Thomas is Director General of Statistics Austria, being responsible for all statistical matters and international affairs.
In addition, he is adjunct Professor of Economics at the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf as well as CMDS Fellow at the Central European University (CEU). From 2017 to June 2020, Thomas was director of the economic research institute EcoAustria.
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. In addition, Thomas is scientific expert at the Austrian Pension Commission which reports on the financial sustainability of the national pension system.
Thomas studied economics at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn and the Technical University Berlin before earning his doctorate summa cum laude at Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg in 2006. Thomas was a visiting scholar at, among others, Columbia University in New York at the invitation of Anya Schiffrin and Nobel Prize laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz and at the Max-Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich at the invitation of Kai Konrad. Thomas regularly publishes his research in scientific journals, such as Constitutional Political Economy, the European Journal of Political Economy; European Journal of Law and Economics; Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization; Journal of Forecasting; and the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics.
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