Diploma Volkswirt, University Mannheim, Federal Republic Germany, 1970. Doctor Rer. Pol., University Mannheim, Federal Republic Germany, 1974. Doctor Habilitation, University Mannheim, Federal Republic Germany, 1981.
He is professor of economics at the University of Mannheim. Franz also is the chairman of the German Council of Economic Experts since March 2009. Franz studied economics at the University of Mannheim and received his doctoral degree in 1974, under supervision of Heinz König.
He held positions at the University of Mainz, the University of Stuttgart, and the University of Konstanz, before returning to his alma mater in 1997. His research interests include labor markets, macroeconomics, and empirical analysis of economics.
German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. German Council of Economic Experts. Heidelberg Academy for Sciences and Humanities.