Research at the Department of Economics in Mannheim is characterized by a broad spectrum of topics, and a combination of theoretical modeling, institutional analysis and empirical application. The Department has been awarded top spots in national and international rankings on numerous occasions thanks to its excellent reputation for research and the quality of the academic education it offers.
Our senior professors are currently active in the following fields of research:
Prof. Adam, Chair of International Economic Relations
Prof. Ciccone, Chair of Macroeconomics and Finance:
Prof. Frölich, Chair of Econometrics:
Prof. Grüner, Chair of Economic Policy:
Prof. Janeba, Chair of Public Finance and Economic Policy:
Prof. Krebs, Chair of Macroeconomics:
Prof. Nocke, Chair of Microeconomics:
Applied Microeconomic Theory
Prof. Orzen, Chair of Business Economics:
Prof. Peitz, Professor of Applied Economics:
Prof. Rothe, Chair of Statistics:
Prof. Sovinsky, Chair of Economic Theory and Behavioral Economics:
Prof. Streb, Chair of Economic History:
Prof. Tertilt, Chair of International Economics:
Prof. Trenkler, Chair of Empirical Economic Research:
Prof. Tröger, Chair of Economic Theory:
Prof. von Thadden, Chair of Microeconomic Theory:
Prof. Wagner, Chair of Quantitative Economics:
Prof. Wambach, Chair of Economics:
Nine professors from the Department are involved in Collaborative Research Center 884, “Political Economy of Reforms”, which was established in 2010. This center represents an interdisciplinary research network consisting of the Department of Economics and the School of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim, the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), and the Mannheim-based ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research.
On January 1, 2004, the leading German universities in the field of economics, Mannheim, Bonn, Munich, and Berlin, founded Transregional Collaborative Research Center 15 “Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems”. This research center is the first of its kind in Germany. Its objective is to advance the approaches found in Game Theory and Contract Theory, and their application in the fields of corporate governance and industrial organization. The Department of Economics and the Business School at the University of Mannheim as well as the Mannheim-based ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research are all participating in the program. The Department of Economics is currently involved in three projects: C2 – “Intellektuelles Eigentum, Aneignung von Innovationserträgen und Innovationswettbewerb”, C6 – “Kommunikations- und Transporttechnologien, Industrie- und Regionalstruktur” and C9 – “Transparenz und Liquidität auf Finanzmärkten”.
Members of the Department are active in a range of German Research Foundation (DFG) priority programs and research units, national and international research networks, etc. You can find out more under Department Members' Accomplishments.
The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS), which has been funded through the German Excellence Initiative since 2006, is the first in Germany to provide doctoral degrees that combine Economics, Business Administration and the Social Sciences. The doctoral program in Economics is available at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Economics (CDSE). Doctoral candidates spend their first four semesters completing the high-level course program which prepares them for the independent academic work necessary to complete their doctoral dissertation. The program consists of mandatory courses which teach doctoral candidates about core elements of economic research areas using the latest research developments. The elective component of the program enables doctoral candidates to attend lectures in order to specialize in their preferred research area(s). Specific seminars give doctoral candidates the opportunity to process, present and discuss their research findings at an early stage.
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