Dr Philip von Brockdorff

Dr Philip von Brockdorff

Dr Philip von Brockdorff

 B.A.(Hons)(Melit.),M.Sc.(Econ.)(Wales),D.Phil.(York),Grad.CIPD (UK)

Senior Lecturer

Room 305
FEMA Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 3528
In view of my previous role in the field of policy, during which I served for seven years as Permanent Secretary, my area is applied economics and therefore the application of economic techniques in specific settings. This is essentially one of two sets of the fields of economics, and my focus is on the application of theory and techniques to address practical issues in a range of fields including demographic economics and transport economics. I tend to use a variety of approaches including empirical estimation analysis or simulations but also case studies, historical analogy and the common sense approach.

Under my watch as Head, the Department of Economics has reviewed its B.Com and Honours programme, introduced an MSc Economics programme comparable with programmes abroad, secured funding through the Central Bank of Malta and reached an academic and student exchange agreement with the School of Economics, University of Edinburgh. Today, members of staff include 5 visiting professors, two from Heriot-Watt University, one from the University of San Diego in the US, and two from the University of Edinburgh. This has boosted both the quality of teaching and research in the Department.

As an applied economist with a focus on applying economic theory and techniques to policy analysis, I have been involved in the economic review of Government policies such as rent policy, minimum wage and sustainable development. My research areas are in the fields of demographic ageing (which was the area of my DPhil studies at the Department of Economics at the University of York, England), transport economics, higher education and human capital and agriculture.

I am also member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and have served as rapporteur for a number of important dossiers requested by the European Commission such as: Pan-European Personal Pension Products; EU Rules Social Security Coordination; Investment Stabilisation Function; and on the role of the euro in international markets. Acting as rapporteur involves meeting with European Commission officials and relevant stakeholders. The final report would have to be approved at one of the Plenary Sessions organised by the EESC.
  • Economics of Ageing and Pensions
  • Transport Economics
  • Human Capital

VON BROCKDORFF, P. ET AL., 2019. Pensions across generations: scenarios for the Maltese Islands. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, .

VON BROCKDORFF, P. and SPITERI, J., 2019. Economics Developments and Health Outcomes: Evidence of Cardiovascular Disease Moratality in Europe. Social Science and Medicine, 224(March 2019), pp. 37-44.

VON BROCKDORFF, P. and VELLA, M., 2018. Population Ageing and Small States in Handbook of Small States, Economic, Social and Environmental Issues. In: R. LINO BRIGUGLIO, ed, Handbook of Small States: Economic, Social and Environmental Issues. pp. 475-490.

VON BROCKDORFF, P. and AMAIRA, B., 2017. Measuring Human Capital: A Comparative Study with Emphasis on Malta. Xjenza, Journal of the Malta Chamber of Scientists, 5, pp. 110-124.

VON BROCKDORFF, P. and TANTI, G., September 2017. A Malta Case Study of How Plug-in Electric Vehicles Can Reduce CO₂ Emissions, Case Studies on Transport Policy, Elsevier, 5(3), pp. 509-517.

VON BROCKDORFF, P. ET AL., Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development, University of Malta, 2015. Study on External Cost of Passenger and Commercial Vehicles.

VON BROCKDORFF, P. and BUTTIGIEG, G., 2014. An Insight into How the Maltese Dairy Sector Adapted to EU Membership

VON BROCKDORFF, P. and FALZON, J., 2014. Assessing the Impact of the European Fiscal Compact on Eurozone Mediterranean States (with a focus on Malta). Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, Vol 5(No 11, July),.

VON BROCKDORFF, P. and MIFSUD, D., 2014. Transport by the elderly: comparing use of private and public transport to access out-patient services at Mater Dei Hospital (Malta). Bank of Valletta Review, 49(Autumn),.

VON BROCKDORFF, P., 2012. Pensions and Intergenerational Transfers: A Malta Perspective. Bank of Valletta Review, 45(Spring), pp. 87-21.

VON BROCKDORFF, P., 2010. Funding: The University of Malta's Main Challenge. Periodical, 42.

VON BROCKDORFF, P., 2002. Development and Agri-Food Policies in the Mediterranean Region (Malta Report). Annual Report, 2002 edn. CIHEAM, .

VON BROCKDORFF, P., 2000. EU Integration: Striking the Right Balance between Training and Institutional Change. European Documentation and Research Centre, .

VON BROCKDORFF, P., 1999. A Study of the Economic Consequences of Ageing in the Maltese Islands, University of York.

VON BROCKDORFF, P., 1998. Estimating Economic Dependency Ratios with Special Reference to Maltese Elderly Population. Bank of Valletta Review, (18),.

VON BROCKDORFF, P., 1998. The Welfare Gap – Myth or Reality . The Malta Business Weekly.

VON BROCKDORFF, P., 1997. Reaction from a Panel of Commentators. In: G. BALDACCHINO, ed, The Graduating Workforce. pp. p.127.

VON BROCKDORFF, P., 1996. Privatisation in Malta – Opting for a Middle Road. Journal of Public Policy and Administration, July-December(2),.

VON BROCKDORFF, P., 1992. Planning and Performance Standards: The Right Mix?. Journal of Public Policy and Management, January-June(1),.

  • ECN1005 - Principles of Economics
  • ECN2310 - Introduction to Political Economy
  • ECN4000 - Applied Economics
  • ECN4151 - History of Economic Thought
  • ECN4230 - Cost Benefit Analysis
  • ECN4241 - Economics of Ageing, Pensions and Health
Research work in progress: occupational pensions; intergenerational transfers (pensions); transport; and rent policy.
Member of the European Economic and Social Committee.