The origin of the Department of Economics dates back to 1964, when the first Economics degree program was introduced at the former Wirtschaftshochschule Mannheim. Three years later the Wirtschaftshochschule became the University of Mannheim. Today, the Department of Economics and the Department of Law together form one of the five schools of the University of Mannheim.
At the Department of Economics there are currently 22 senior professors working in the fields of macroeconomics, microeconomics, public finance, economic policy, econometrics, and international trade, placing equal focus on both theoretical and empirical aspects. In addition, there is a chair of economic history and a chair of statistics. One associate professor, 21 junior professors, and a large number of readers, academic staff members and adjunct lecturers contribute to the expertise of the Department.
The Economics library holds a collection of around 350,000 printed volumes in German and other languages (primarily English), and approximately 400 printed journals. In addition, there is a multitude of e-books, databases and digital newspapers and journals.
The Economics PC room has over 40 work stations equipped with modern computers, and provides numerous services for students.
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