Ernst Mohr

* 1955 in Constance
President of the University of St.Gallen between 2005 and 2011, Professor of Economics

Ernst Mohr was born in Constance on 29 August 1955.


Education and career

After completing his grammar school education, Mohr began studying economics at the University of Constance in 1976. In 1980 he spent some time at the University of California in Santa Cruz as an exchange student. Between 1981 and 1985, he completed his doctorate at the London School of Economics and published his doctoral thesis under the title Common Access and Strategic Considerations in Natural Resource Exploration.

Ernst Mohr then worked for three years at the Chair of International Economic Relations at the University of Konstanz. In 1989 he became head of the Resource Economics research department at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel.

In 1991 Mohr published his habilitation work entitled Analysis of International Credit Relations with Special Reference to Debtor Sovereignty, which he dedicated to his tomcat Charly. 


Work at the University of St.Gallen (HSG)

In 1995 Ernst Mohr was appointed Full Professor of Economics at HSG, with special emphasis on the relationship between economics and ecology; he also took on the role of Director of the Institute for Economics and Ecology.

Between 2005 and 2011, Mohr served as President of the University of St.Gallen. At the beginning of his presidency, the university was in a difficult financial situation due to declining student numbers in previous years. A new university statute led to a shift of decision-making competencies to experts who could make informed decisions. During Ernst Mohr's presidency, the part of the curriculum covering subjects of social sciences and culture, known today as Contextual Studies, was also further developed. 


Other activities

Mohr is the author of numerous publications. His most recent research was on the influence of culture on economic behaviour, especially on the influence of taste on consumption decisions. His hobby is hunting.  

Ernst Mohr was appointed Emeritus Professor in 2021.


Founded scientific institutions:

2009: Research Centre for Customer Insight (FCI-HSG), today Institute for Customer Insight (ICI-HSG).
2009: Research Centre for Retail Management (IRM-HSG).

Historic events

Predecessor and successor