Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Walter Scherrer

Dr. Walter Scherrer
Professor emeritus


Research Interests

Economic aspects of public-private partnerships, long waves of economic development

Short Bio

Holding a master’s degree and a doctorate in economics from Johannes Kepler University Linz, I have been affiliated to the University of Salzburg since 1981. From 2001 to 2020, I also served as academic director of postgraduate programs in management (i.a. MBA-Master of Business Administration) at SMBS-University of Salzburg Business School. I lectured at Fudan University/Shanghai, University of Bologna, University of Ljubljana, and University of Business and Technology/Prishtina. My interest in Kondratiev-waves was stimulated by Chris Freeman when I was a fellow at the Salzburg Seminar in Schloss Leopoldskron, and my work on public private partnerships (which is my other field of long-term scientific interest) benefited from a COST project in the years 2010 to 2014.

Selected Publications

Lember, Veiko, Ole Helby Petersen, Walter Scherrer, and Robert Ågren. “Understanding the relationship between infrastructure public-private partnerships and innovation.” Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 2019, 90, 2, 371-391.  doi

McQuaid, Ronald W. and Walter Scherrer. “Changing reasons for public-private partnerships.” Public Money and Management, 2010, 30, 27-39.  doi 

Scherrer, Walter. “Technology and socio-economic development in the long run: A ‘long wave’-perspective.” Routledge Handbook of Politics and Technology, 2015, 50-64.  doi

Scherrer, Walter. “Industry 4.0 as a ‘sudden change’: The relevance of long waves of economic development for the regional level.” European Planning Studies, 2021, 29, 9, 1723-1737.  doi

Verhoest, Koen, Ole Helby Petersen, Walter Scherrer, and Raden Murwantara Soecipto. “How do governments support the development of public private partnerships? Measuring and comparing governmental PPP support across 20 European countries.” Transport Reviews, 2015, 35, 2, 118-139.  doi