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

  • Macroeconomics (business cycles and monetary policy)
  • Learning and Expectations Formation
  • Asset Pricing

Prof. Ciccone, Chair of Macroeconomics and Finance:

  • Growth and Development
  • Macroeconomics
  • Human Capital

Prof. Fadinger, Chair of Business Economics:

  • International Trade
  • Macroeconomics
  • Organizational Economics

Prof. Frölich, Chair of Econometrics:

  • Impact evaluation, Treatment effects
  • Microeconometrics
  • Development Economics

Prof. Grüner, Chair of Economic Policy:

  • The Design of Political and Economic Institutions
  • Information Aggregation in Organizations
  • Organization of Central Banks
  • Political Economy (general)
  • Political Economy of Labor Market Reform
  • Strategic Interaction of Macroeconomic Players
  • Wealth Distribution and Capital Markets
  • Allocation of Socially Provided Goods

Prof. Janeba, Chair of Public Finance and Economic Policy:

  • Fiscal Federalism and Tax Competition
  • Fiscal Rules and German Debt Brake
  • Political Economy of Redistribution
  • Globalization and the Welfare State

Prof. Krebs, Chair of Macroeconomics:

  • Business Cycles
  • Financial Economics
  • Economic Theory

Prof. Nocke, Chair of Microeconomics:

Industrial Organization

  • Mergers
  • Market Structure
  • Industry Dynamics
  • Competition Policy

International Trade

  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Firm Heterogeneity

Applied Microeconomic Theory

Prof. Orzen, Chair of Experimental Economics:

  • Experimental Economics
  • Strategic Interaction
  • Competition in Markets and Contests
  • Behavioral Economics

Prof. Peitz, Professor of Applied Economics:

  • Industrial Organization
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Regulation and Competition Policy

Prof. Rothe, Chair of Statistics:

  • Statistics
  • Econometrics

Prof. Schutz, Chair of Empirical Economics:

  • Industrial Economics
  • International Trade
  • Microeconomic Theory

Prof. Siegloch, Chair of Social Insurance:

  • Public Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Urban Economics

Prof. Sovinsky, Chair of Economic Theory and Behavioral Economics:

  • Industrial Organization
  • Applied Health Economics

Prof. Streb, Chair of Economic History:

  • Historical Economics of Innovation
  • Industrial Policy and Procurement in the Third Reich
  • History of the German Social Insurance System
  • Regulation of Public Utilities in long-term Perspective

Prof. Tertilt, Chair of International Economics:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Family Economics
  • Consumer Credit
  • Growth and Development

Prof. Trenkler, Chair of Empirical Economic Research:

  • Univariate and Multiple Time Series Analysis
  • Cointegration Analysis
  • Bootstrapping Cointegration Tests
  • Threshold Models
  • Economic Integration and Border Effects
  • Exchange Rate Policy

Prof. Tröger, Chair of Economic Theory:

  • Game Theory
  • Auctions
  • Negotiations
  • Mechanism Design

Prof. von Thadden, Chair of Microeconomic Theory:

  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Game Theory
  • Contract Theory
  • Political Economy

Prof. Wagner, Chair of Quantitative Economics:

  • Environmental Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Public Economics

Prof. Wambach, Chair of Economics:

  • Markets and Information
  • Market Design
  • Industrial Organization

Twelve professors contribute as principal investigators to Collaborative Research Center (CRC) TR 224, which was established in 2017 by the University of Bonn and the University of Mannheim. The research agenda focusses on three key societal challenges: (1) how to promote equality of opportunity, (2) how to regulate markets in light of the internationalization and digitalization of economic activity, and (3) how to safeguard the stability of the financial system.

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 was funded through the German Excellence Initiative, is the first in Germany to provide doctoral degrees that combine Economics, Business Administration and the Social Sciences. The doctoral program in Economics is offered by 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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