Friedrich Schneider was Professor of Economics at Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria, and since 2006 he is Research Professor at the DIW Berlin, Germany. He is retired since 2017. He obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Konstanz in 1977 and has since held numerous visiting and honorary positions at a number of universities. During 1991 to 1996 he was Dean of Social Science and Economics at Johannes Kepler University of Linz and Vice President for Foreign Affairs of the Johannes Kepler University of Linz from 1996-2007. He was President of the Austrian Economic Association during 1997-1999 and from 2005-2008 he was President of the German Economic Association (Verein für Socialpolitik). He has also been consultant to numerous organisations including the Brussels EU Commission, the IMF and the World Bank. He has published extensively in leading Economics journals including The American Economic Review, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Economic Journal, Public Choice, Kyklos, and the Journal of Economic Literature. He has also published numerous book chapters and books including The Shadow Economy (with Dominik H. Enste, Cambridge Uni. Press, 2002), The Encyclopaedia of Public Choice Vol. I and II (with Charles K. Rowley, Kluwer, 2004), Changing Institutions in the European Union (Edward Elgar, 2004), Readings in Public Choice and Constitutional Political Economy (together with Charles K. Rowley, Springer Publishing Company 2008), The Economics of the Hidden Economy (editor of 2 volumes, in: Mark Blaug (ed.) The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics, Edward Elgar Publishing Company 2009), The Shadow Economy (with Colin C. Williams, The Institute of Economic Affairs, 2013), and he was the editor of Handbook on the Shadow Economy, published by Edward Elgar, Cheltenham (UK), 2011, and guest editor (together with Tilman Brueck) of the Special Issue Terrorism of the European Journal of Political Economy, 27/1, 2011. He was the editor of the Journal of Public Choice from 1991 to 2004 and Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik from 2000 to 2004. Retired since 2017.