The research at the Department of Economics in Mannheim covers a wide range of subjects and combines theoretical modeling, institutional analysis, and empirical application. The Department has earned top positions in both national and international rankings on numerous occasions thanks to its excellent research and outstanding academic education.

Our senior professors are currently active in the following fields of research:

Prof. Klaus Adam, Chair of International Economic Relations:

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

Prof. Philipp Ager, Chair of Applied Macroeconomics:

  • Economics History
  • Demography
  • Labor Economics

Prof. Antonio Ciccone, Chair of Macroeconomics and Finance:

  • Growth and Development
  • Macroeconomics
  • Human Capital

Prof. Harald Fadinger, Chair of Business Economics:

  • International Trade
  • Macroeconomics
  • Organizational Economics

Prof. Markus Frölich, Chair of Econometrics:

  • Impact evaluation, Treatment effects
  • Microeconometrics
  • Development Economics

Prof. Hans Peter 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. Eckhard 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. Tom Krebs, Chair of Macroeconomics:

  • Business Cycles
  • Financial Economics
  • Economic Theory

Prof. Volker Nocke, Chair of Microeconomics:

Industrial Organization

  • Mergers
  • Market Structure
  • Industry Dynamics
  • Competition Policy

International Trade

  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Firm Heterogeneity

Applied Microeconomic Theory

Prof. Henrik Orzen, Chair of Experimental Economics:

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

Prof. Martin Peitz, Professor of Applied Economics:

  • Industrial Organization
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Regulation and Competition Policy

Prof. Christoph Rothe, Chair of Statistics:

  • Statistics
  • Econometrics

Prof. Nicolas Schutz, Chair of Empirical Economics:

  • Industrial Economics
  • International Trade
  • Microeconomic Theory

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

  • Industrial Organization
  • Applied Health Economics

Prof. Jochen 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. Michèle Tertilt, Chair of International Economics:

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

Prof. Carsten 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. Thomas Tröger, Chair of Economic Theory:

  • Game Theory
  • Auctions
  • Negotiations
  • Mechanism Design

Prof. Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden, Chair of Microeconomic Theory:

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

Prof. Ulrich Wagner, Chair of Quantitative Economics:

  • Environmental Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Public Economics

Prof. Achim Wambach, Chair of Economics:

  • Markets and Information
  • Market Design
  • Industrial Organization

Prof. Nicolas R. Ziebarth, Chair of Labor Market Policy:

  • Labor Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Economics of Risk
  • Microeconometrics

Twelve professors contribute as principal investigators to the 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 advance equality of opportunity, (2) how to regulate markets in light of the globalization and digitalization of economic activity, and (3) how to safeguard the stability of the financial system.

Members of the Department are involved 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). The high-level course program that doctoral candidates complete during their first four semesters prepares them for the independent academic work necessary to complete their doctoral dissertation. The curriculum consists of mandatory courses which instruct doctoral candidates in the core elements of economic research areas using the latest research developments. The elective component of the program allows doctoral candidates to focus on their desired research field(s). Specific seminars give doctoral candidates the opportunity to process, present and discuss their research findings at an early stage.

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