Professor of Economics | Member of the Monetary Policy Council
Born on 6 October 1949 in Świnoujście.
Graduated from Higher School of Economics in Cracow (at present Cracow University of Economics), where he later became a scientific researcher. In 1980, he received his Ph.D., and in 1988 – his postdoctoral degree. In 1994, he was awarded the academic title of professor of economics.
From the mid-1990s he held many important positions in the state and government administration. He was the chief of advisors to Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister, Grzegorz Kołodko (1994-1996). At the government of Mr Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz (1997), he was the government’s plenipotentiary for the reform of social security system and Under-Secretary at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland. As a member of a team of economic advisors appointed in 1996, he served as a public advisor to Mr. Aleksander Kwaśniewski, the President of Poland.
In 2001–2005 Member of Parliament in the Polish Sejm of the fourth term. Deputy Prime Minister and minister at the governments of Leszek Miller (2001-2004) and Marek Belka (2004-2005). In 2001-2003, he was Minister of Labour and Social Policy. Following the changes in the structure of government administration in January 2003, he became Minister of the Economy, Labour and Social Policy, and from June 2003 – also Deputy Prime Minister. From May 2004, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of the Economy and Labour. At the same time, for a short period he served also as Minister of Health and Minister of the Treasury. He is the author of the plan of public finance rationalization, the so-called Hausner’s plan.
Author of about 300 publications on political economy and public management. He has been honoured with the Order of Polonia Restituta Knight’s Cross. Winner of the Kisiel’s Award (2004).
Married, with two daughters, four grandsons and one granddaughter.
On 13 January 2010 the Senate of the Republic of Poland appointed Mr Hausner as a member of the Monetary Policy Council.