Diplom-Volkswirt, University Mainz, 1968. Doctor of Economics and Social Sciences, University Mainz, 1972. Privatdozent, University Mainz, 1975.
Assistant professor University Mainz, 1975. Professor economics University Muenster, Germany, 1975-1979. Professor economics, director Institute of Public Finance, since 1979.
Member scientific advisory board Federal Ministry of Finance, Bonn, Germany, since 1989, chair, since 2003.
Commander German Navy, 1959-1963. Member American Economic Association, European Society for History of Economic Thought, International Institute of Public Finance, List-Gesellschaft, Ludwig-Erhard-Gesellschaft, Thuenen-Gesellschaft, Verein fuer Socialpolitik.
Married Elke Dorotea Böttcher, March 26, 1964 (deceased April 4, 1998). 1 child, Ulrich Hans.