Best Paper Award for CDSS Students Lars Leczczensky and Sebastian Pink

The CDSS PhD candidates Sebastian Pink and Lars Leczczensky have been awarded with the Best Paper Award at the 1st Annual BAGSS Conference on Migration and Integration in Bamberg. They presented their paper "Ethnic Friendship Segregation in School: Testing a Rational Choice Argument of Differences in Ethnic Homophily between Classroom- and Grade-Level Networks".

We congratulate them on their impressive achievement!


Demography Prize awarded to CDSS PhD candidates Elias Naumann & Moritz Hess

Congratulations to our CDSS PhD candidates Elias Naumann and Moritz Hess!

They received the Demography Prize 2012/2013 awarded by the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations and the Intergenerational Foundation for a paper they co-authored together with Leander Steinkopf.


CDSB student Benedikt Franke received the Best Conference Paper Award by the German Academic Association for Business (VHB)

Congratulations to our CDSB student Benedikt Franke!

Together with his co-author Li Zhang he received the Best Conference Paper Award by the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB) for "Enforcement and the collective preference towards disclosure regulation"


CDSS PhD candidate Benjamin Engst to visit Emory University for research on judicialization of politics

To what extent do judges at constitutional courts shape politics? Studying the political effects of constitutional courts the CDSS student Benjamin Engst has received a PhD Scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to visit Emory University, Atlanta (USA). This private research university is one of the hot-spots for research on Judicial Politics. Benjamin will visit the “Laney Graduate School” and continue his studies on constitutional and supreme courts at the “Center for the Study of Law, Politics, and Economics”

The GESS congratulates him for this great opportunity and wish him all the best during his stay abroad.


CDSE: exam schedule spring 2014

E804 Advanced Microeconomics III (Tröger): June 4, 2014 from 15:00 to 17:15 in L7, 3-5, room 001

E805 Advanced Macroeconomics III (Krebs): June 10, 2014 from 11:00 to 13:15 in L7, 3-5, room 001

E806 Advanced Econometrics III (Trenkler): June 13, 2014 from 14:00 to 16:15 in L7, 3-5, room 001


Joint SFB 884 & CDSS workshop on "Game-theoretic Models of International Conflict"(June 10 - 11, 2014)

Prof. Songing Fang (Department of Political Science, Rice University) will be Visiting Researcher at the SFB 884 "Political Economy of Reforms" at the University of Mannheim in June 2014.

One part of her visit will be a joint SFB 884 and CDSS workshop on "Game-theoretic Models of International Conflict" on June 10 and 11, 2014.

More details can be found under following link:

If you are interested in taking part or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with

The SFB 884 and CDSS are looking forward to seeing you there!


CDSS PhD student Julia Semmelbeck joins START for the Summer Fellowship on Illicit Networks

CDSS PhD student Julia Semmelbeck joins the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism for the 2014 Summer Fellowship on Illicit Networks. The fellowship takes place at the START headquarters, based at the University of Maryland from May 27 to July 31. She focuses her research on the analysis on how smuggling/ trafficking networks fail and on the opportunities where counter-measures are most likely to be successful.


CDSB students Axel Franz and Emilio Zamorano awarded with scholarships of the Erich-Becker-Stiftung

Congratulations to our doctoral students Axel Franz and Emilio Zamorano! Both won scholarships of the Erich-Becker-Stiftung for their dissertation projects "Performance evaluation and optimization of appointment systems for truck handling operations at air cargo terminals" and "Quantitative decision support for workforce scheduling at airport check-in counters", respectively.

The scholarships of the Erich-Becker-Stiftung are awarded by Fraport AG to support academics related to air transportation and airport operations.


CDSE doctoral student Guiseppe Corbisiero to present at OLG 2014

CDSE doctoral student Guiseppe Corbisiero will speak at the 2014 edition of the Overlapping Generation days (OLG). The purpose of this year's workshop is to gather junior and senior researcher in the field of Demographic Economics  and will be held at Paris School of Economics on May 5-6, 2014.

Guiseppe Corbisiero will present his paper on Labor Market Frictions and Fertility.

Please find the complete program here.


CDSS PhD candidate Anita Gohdes has a blog on Political Violence @ a Glance

CDSS PhD candidate Anita Gohdes and Professor Sabine Carey of the University of Mannheim have written a guest post on "Protest and the Outsourcing of State Repression" on the widely read Political Violence @ A Glance Blog. In light of the recent protests in the Ukraine, Venezuela and Thailand, Gohdes and Carey discuss why some governments decide to delegate the task of “restoring order” to groups that are not strictly organized under their control, instead of using regular police and formal government forces. The main insights they present build on the Pro-Government Militias Data Project, which is run by Prof. Carey and Prof. Neil Mitchell (UCL). 


CDSE: midterm exam schedule for core courses, spring 2014

E801 (Penczynski/Honryo): Monday, March 24th from 9 to 11:15 am in A5, room B244

E802 (Adam): Wednesday, March 26th from 9 to 11:15 am in L9, 1-2, room 001

E803 (Kastoryano): Friday, March 28th from 9 to 11:15 am in L9, 1-2, room 001


CDSE Student Andreas Bernecker to give invited talks

Congratulations to our PhD Student Andreas Bernecker who will give invited talks during October at:

Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies,
Lund University,
European Central Bank, and
University of Konstanz.

The paper he will be presenting is entitled: “Divided We Reform? Evidence from US Welfare Policies”. Andreas’ research focuses on issues in empirical political econonomics, especially the political economics of reform. He plans to finish his PhD in Spring 2014.

Adam Scharpf speaks on radio about predicting violence outbursts in Syria

On Sep 28, CDSS PhD student Adam Scharpf spoke on radio RBB as a scientific expert about the possibilities of predicting occurences of extreme violece in a civil war. As a member of a research team, he has developed an early-warning system for outbursts of violence based on data obtained from the ongoing civil war in Syria.

A podcast of the interview in German language is available on radioeins.


CDSS student Thomas Biegert wins ESPAnet Doctoral Researcher Prize, is awarded publication in JESP

The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences warmly congratulates Thomas Biegert on winning the Doctoral Researcher Prize of the Network for European Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet) for his forthcoming paper "On the Outside Looking in? Transitions out of non-employment in the United Kingdom and Germany". As part of the award, his paper is eligible for publication in the eminent Journal of European Social Policy (JESP) in an early issue of 2014.

Thomas Biegert is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) at the University of Mannheim. He obtained his diploma in social sciences at the University of Mannheim. He has conducted research in the DFG-project "Non-Employment in Europe" at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). His main interests are labor market sociology, social stratification, and comparative welfare state research.

CDSE Graduate Christian Michel wins Reinhard-Selten-Award

 CDSE Graduate Christian Michel was awarded with the Reinhard Selten Award (Young Author Best Paper Award) at the Annual Congress of the Verein für Socialpolitik which took place from September 4th to 7th in Düsseldorf. The Reinhard-Selten-Award is an annual prize for an excellent paper by a young scholar which is distinguished by its originality, importance of the topic and the methodological accurateness. The award is endowed with € 3000 and its winner is elected by the program committee which is responsible for the organisation of the open part of the conference.

The title of Christian Michel's paper is "Identification and Estimation of Intra-Firm and Industry Competition via Ownership Change" and can be downloaded at In the paper, Christian Michel proposes an empirical framework to address open questions related to both Organizational Economics and Industrial Organization.
First, the framework allows to estimate how fast and how strongly merging firms jointly maximize profits after a horizontal merger. Second, the framework can estimate the form of competition between firms in an industry jointly with marginal costs. 

After recently completing his Ph.D. studies in Mannheim, Christian Michel will start as an Assistant Professor in Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona this month.


CDSE Student Andreas Bernecker Wins Best Paper Award

CDSE student Andreas Bernecker has won the "Peggy and Richard Musgrave Prize" for the best paper presented by an economist under the age of 40 at the 2013 Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance.

The paper is entitled "Divided We Reform? Evidence from US Welfare Policies" and available for download at In his paper, Andreas shows that divided governments - i.e. when a US governor is confronted with the opposing party having a majority in the state legislature - are actually more likely to reform the welfare system than unified governments. This is in contrast to conventional wisdom and can probably be explained by more intense policy competition under divided government.      

Andreas' research focuses on issues in empirical political economics, especially the political economics of reform. He plans to finish his PhD in Spring 2014.

Florian Weigert and Michael Ungeheuer: invited talks

Congratulations to our alumni Florian Weigert and our third-year PhD Student Michael Ungeheuer who will give invited talks at

Columbia University, New York on October 12th, 2013.

The papers they will be presenting are titled: “Crash Sensitivity and the Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns" and „Extreme Downside Liquidity Risk“. 

Florian Weigert received his PhD from the CDSB in Finance in the spring of 2013.

Michael Ungeheuer is currently a PhD student in Finance in the Mannheim Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS), which has been awarded the excellence status by the German Science Foundation (DFG). Their research  is supervised by Professor Stefan Ruenzi.


CDSS: Michael Kühhirt wins prize for research on Gender and Diversity

CDSS student Michael Kühhirt has won the WOVEN publish publication Prize for his paper "Childbirth and the Long-Term Division of Labour within Couples: How do Substitution, Bargaining Power, and Norms affect Parents’ Time Allocation in West Germany?". More information may be found here.

The WOVEN-Program (Mannheim Women in Science Visibility and Career Enhancement Program) includes several interlocking modules for the development of female Junior Researchers and supports research on gender and diversity research topics..

Michael Kühhirt has joined the CDSS in fall 2008 and works now for the Institute for Sociology and Social Psychology at the University of Cologne.

We congratulate him on this impressive achievement!


CDSS Graduate Patrick Bayer wins Lorenz von Stein Award and Karen-Islinger Dissertation Prize for best doctoral thesis

CDSS graduate Patrick Bayer has won the Lorenz von Stein award for the best doctoral thesis in the Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim and the Karin-Islinger Dissertation Prize for excellent research in economics and political economy by a junior researcher at the University of Mannheim for his dissertation "Distributional, Institutional, and Informational Dynamics in International Cooperation on Climate Change".

Patrick's research focuses on topics in international political economy and the global environment. He is interested in international cooperation and in how international institutions can help alleviate problems of collective action.

Patrick Bayer graduated from the CDSS in 2012 and he is teaching Mathematics for Social Scientists for the new doctoral students at the CDSS in fall 2013.

We congratulate him on this impressive achievement!


A study on the civil war in Syria

Since March 2011 a fierce civil war has been raging in Syria between the troops of dictator Baschar al-Assad and dissident members of the opposition. If the bloodshed continues, the violence in this country will increase even further. This is the conclusion doctoral candidate Adam Scharpf from the University of Mannheim, Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences and scientists of the University of Constanz and the University of Colorado came to. The conflict researchers developed an early warning system to calculate risk and scale of future acts of violence in Syria.

For further information (in German) and a presentation of the most important facts please click here.


CDSS: Best paper award for Stefan Domonkos

The sociology PhD Student Stefan Domonkos from the University of Mannheim has won the award for the best policy-relevant paper at this year's International Graduate Conference "Crisis and Governance in Europe: Implications for State, Market and Society" in Speyer. The International Graduate Conference has been organized by the Speyer University and the Andrássy University Budapest. Stefan presented his paper

"Making Increased Retirement Age Acceptable: The Impact of Institutional Environment on Public Preferences for Pension Reforms".

Stefan is currently a PhD student in the Mannheim Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS), which has been awarded the excellence status by the German Science Foundation (DFG). He is also researcher at the Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES).

We congratulate him on this impressive achievement!


CDSS Young Scholar Award

The Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) of the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) grants awards for outstanding performances and innovative projects of doctoral students in the social sciences that foster the international visibility of the Mannheim social sciences. The Young Scholar Award is meant to honor exceptional achievements in doctoral research and to support professional activities that advance the professionalization and networking of young scientists.

The award consists of funding data acquisition, travel, conference and accommodation costs or other research related expenses according to university regulations for a planned project or activities up to the total amount of 2000 Euros.

Avariety of achievements make doctoral students eligible candidates, e.g. a prize for best paper presented at a conference, a publication in a peer-reviewed journal, as well as planned innovative joint activities such as the organization of conferences or workshops, or building up young scholar networks.

Eligible for application are doctoral students in the social sciences (political science, psychology, and sociology) at the University of Mannheim.

For more information please click here.


Evgenia Zhivotova: invited talks

Congratulations to our fourth-year PhD Student Evgenia Zhivotova who will give an invited talk at the

Center for Corporate Governance, Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School on April 23, 2013

The paper she will be presenting is titled: “Pride and Prestige: Why Some Firms Pay their CEOs less” (with Ernst Maug and Alexandra Niessen-Ruenzi)

Evgenia Zhivotova is currently a PhD student in the Mannheim Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS), which has been awarded the excellence status by the German Science Foundation (DFG). Her research  is supervised by Professor Ernst Maug.


Exam schedule for the CDSE- Core Courses

E804 Advanced Microeconomics III : Wed, 5.6.2013, 10:00-12:15 in L9, 1-2 - 004

E805 Advanced Macroeconomics III: Mon, 10.6.2013, 10:00-12:15 in L9, 1-2 - 004

E806 Advanced Econometrics III: Thu, 13.6.2013, 10:00-12:15 in L9, 1-2 - 004

SOEP@Campus 2013

Auch in diesem Jahr findet SOEP@campus wieder in Mannheim statt. Der Workshop wird von der Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) in Zusammenarbeit mit der Längsschnittstudie "Sozio-oekonomisches Panel" des DIW Berlin veranstaltet und findet vom 24. bis 26. Juni 2013 an der Universität Mannheim statt. Nähere Informationen finden Sie im Kurskatalog des CDSS.


CDSS Qualification Scholarship Program

The Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences calls for applications for its Qualification Scholarship Program. Students who are currently enrolled in the Political Science Master Program at the University of Mannheim may apply. 

Please find more information here.


Members of German Parliament More Risk-Loving Than General Population

Congratulations to our CDSS-student Moritz Heß for the great feedback to his study "Sind Politiker risikofreudiger als das Volk? Eine empirische Studie zu Mitgliedern des Deutschen Bundestags (Are Politicians more risk-loving than General Population?)" in which the authors examine risk attitudes. Moritz, as the principal author, and his co-authors analyze the question of whether career politicians differ systematically from the general population in terms of their attitudes towards risk. The authors found that the Members of the German Parliament are more risk-loving than a comparison group composed of SOEP respondents.

The German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) is a wide-ranging representative longitudinal study of private households, located at the German Institute for Economic Research, DIW Berlin. SOEP is a partner of the CDSS and offers regular workshops in Mannheim. The next workshop will take place in June 2013. For more information please click here.

Further resources:


New Research Building for the GESS

The state of Baden-Württemberg and the University of Mannheim are constructing a new 5.100 square meters large building on the site of B6 for a total cost of 20 million Euros. The new premises will not only house the GESS, but also incorporate many seminar and lecture rooms and a daycare facility for children. 

Prof. Klaus Adam, Dean of Graduate Studies is very excited about this prospect and adds: "This substantial infrastructure investment of the University of Mannheim will allow to bring all Ph.D. students at the GESS together under a common roof. With its modern student offices and lecture halls the new GESS building will provide an ideal working environment, foster interaction and contribute to the success of our students and programs."

Click here to read more.


CDSB Student Dennis Lips selected for BASF's Discover Together Program

In 2009, CDSB doctoral student Dennis Lips was recommended for the BASF European Talent Pool by his supervisor after an exciting internship at BASF’s headquarters in Ludwigshafen. As a member of this Talent Pool, he has been invited to several training workshops and events like a dinner with BASF’s CEO Dr. Kurt Bock and thus, enhancing the active relationship with BASF.

This relationship was brought to the next level, when Dennis joined the Discover Together program at the end of 2012. Discover Together is an exclusive mentoring program for selected undergraduates and postgraduate students in the European Talent Pool. Students taking part in the Discover Together program are given personalized support: an experienced member of the management team takes on the role of personal mentor. He advises and supports participants in professional matters and in their personal development and facilitates wider contacts. Participants are also invited to attend selected training courses and workshops to assist them in developing their personal and professional skills and to discover individual opportunities for development at BASF. Thereby, Dennis has been assigned a mentor from the New Business Development department and consequently, a BASF expert in his field of interest.

As the aim of the Discover Together program is to bond talents early to BASF, Dennis is collaborating with multiple BASF members in order to analyze specific research questions during his remaining studies. Therefore, this relationship will not only enrich his research studies but also make it easier to join BASF in the future.

For more information about the Discover Program, please visit the BASF website.


American Marketing Association Global Ranking: Prof. Homburg takes 1st place

Wer sind die publikationsstärksten Marketingforscher in den international renommiertesten Fachzeitschriften? Zum ersten Mal schafft es mit Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Christian Homburg ein deutscher Betriebswirt auf Platz 1. Die American Marketing Association (AMA) hat für dieses Ranking alle Publikationen der letzten fünf Jahre in den vier weltweit führenden Fachzeitschriften analysiert.

MANNHEIM. Die 1937 gegründete American Marketing Association (AMA) ist die weltweit führende Vereinigung im Marketingbereich und führt 30.000 Mitglieder aus Wissenschaft und Praxis. Sie ist Herausgeber der Fachzeitschriften Journal of Marketing und Journal of Marketing Research, welche zu den vier renommiertesten wissenschaftlichen Zeitschriften auf diesem Gebiet zählen.

Eine neue Initiative der AMA, die AMA DocSIG, untersucht auf jährlicher Basis alle Publikationen der vier führenden Zeitschriften hinsichtlich Autorenschaft und deren Universitätszugehörigkeit. Als Ergebnis veröffentlicht sie Top 50 Rankings. Den Anfang machte dieses Jahr ein Ranking über die letzten fünf Jahre.

Gemessen an der Publikationsstärke in den zwei Herausgeberzeitschriften belegte Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Christian Homburg von der Universität Mannheim den ersten Platz, gefolgt von Michael Ahearne von der Universität Houston in den USA. Gemessen an der Publikationsstärke in den vier führenden Zeitschriften, das heißt inklusive den Zeitschriften Marketing Science und Journal of Consumer Research, belegt Prof. Homburg den zweiten Platz. Auf Platz Eins liegt Pradeep Chintagunta von der Universität Chicago in den USA.

„Ich freue mich über dieses Ergebnis. Denn es zeigt in erster Linie, dass mein Lehrstuhlteam und ich hervorragende Arbeit leisten, die international Beachtung findet. Wir haben ein Gespür für neue, spannende Forschungsthemen“, fällt Professor Christian Homburgs erste Reaktion zu der Veröffentlichung der Ergebnisse aus.  Der seit 1999 an der Universität Mannheim tätige Wissenschaftler ist Direktor des dortigen Instituts für Marktorientierte Unternehmensführung (IMU), das mehr als 50 namhafte Mitglieder aus der Wirtschaft zählt. Homburgs Spezialgebiete sind Marktorientierte Unternehmensführung, Kundenbeziehungsmanagement und Vertriebsmanagement. Außerdem begleitet er als Vorsitzender des wissenschaftlichen Beirats die 1997 gegründete Unternehmensberatung Homburg & Partner. 

In einem aktuellen Ranking des Handelsblatts zu den Top 100 der deutschsprachigen Forscher in der Betriebswirtschaftslehre wurde Prof. Homburg im Vergleich zum Vorgängerranking aus dem Jahr 2009 von Platz Eins auf Platz Drei gelistet. „Im Hinblick auf die rege Diskussion um den Nutzen und die Auswirkungen des Handelsblatt-Rankings auf die deutsche Forschungslandschaft, kann ich mir eine Anmerkung nicht ersparen. Das Handelsblatt-Ranking berücksichtigt insgesamt 950 Fachzeitschriften, wohingegen es im aktuellen Ranking um die vier besten Marketingzeitschriften geht. Hier zeigt sich mein Credo, das ich meinen Doktoranden und Habilitanden stets mit auf den Weg gebe: Qualität geht vor Quantität“, vergleicht Prof. Homburg das AMA Ranking mit dem Handelsblatt-Ranking.


CDSS: Call for Applications Full Professor in Quantative Methods in the Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim invites applications for the position of

Full Professor in Quantative Methods in the Social Sciences (W3, Chair)

at the Graduate School of Economic & Social Sciences.


CDSB: Best PhD paper award for Christopher Fink and Thomas Johann


The Business PhD Students Christopher Fink and Thomas Johann from the University of Mannheim have won the award for best PhD research paper at this year's WHU Campus for Finance - Research Conference 2013. The Campus for Finance – Research Conference offers scholars from all disciplines of finance a platform to present and discuss their latest research projects with peers and practitioners. Fink and Johann presented their paper

"May I Have Your Attention, Please: The Market Microstructure of Investor Attention".

The paper analyses whether a stock's liquidity and returns are influenced by short term fluctuations in investor attention attached to the stock.  The authors identify attention grabbing stocks by their daily Google search volume. They further analyse the dynamics of the attention-liquidity relation in an attention-adjusted structural model that allows them to estimate the amount of informed-based trading on high attention days. The authors find a liquidity increase on high attention days that is due to more overall and less informed trading. They can confirm the model results in a further empirical analysis (also adressing endogenity issues). Both returns and liquidity increase in times of high investor attention. 

Christopher Fink and Thomas Johann are currently PhD students in the Mannheim Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS), which has been awarded the excellence status by the German Science Foundation (DFG). Their research is supervised by Prof. Eric Theissen.

We congratulate both on this impressive achievement in a contest with strong competition!


Television Report about the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences

Last December, the local TV Channel RNF was on location at the University of Mannheim to film a report about the GESS and its students. 

Follow the link to watch the video.

CDSE: Additional Course

E825 Effective Programming Practices for Economists (lecture + excercise)

von Gaudecker

Many economists spend much of their lives in front of a computer, analysing data or simulating economic models. Surprisingly few of them have ever been taught how to do this well. Class exposure to programming languages is most often limited to mastering {Stata, Matlab, EViews, ...} just well enough in order to perform simple tasks like running a basic regression. However, these skills do not scale up in a straightforward manner to handle complex projects such as a research paper or a master's thesis. As a result, students and scientists spend their time wrestling with software, instead of doing research, but have no idea how reliable or efficient their programs are. 
This course is designed to help fill in this gap. It is aimed at PhD and Master students who expect to write their theses in a field that requires modest to heavy use of computations. Examples include applied microeconomics, econometrics, macroeconomics, computational economics -- any field that either involves real-world data; or that does not generally lead to models with simple closed-form solutions.
The course will introduce students to programming methods that will substantially reduce their time spent programming while at the same time making their programs more dependable and their results reproducible without extra effort.The course draws extensively on some simple techniques that are the backbone of modern software development, which most scientists are simply not aware of. It shows the usefulness of these techniques for a wide variety of economic and econometric applications by means of hands-on examples. 

Prerequisites: E700-E703, E801-E806

ECTS credits: 9.0

Block course:

4.2.2013: 8:30 - 18:30 in L9, 7 - room 308
5.2.2013: 8:30 - 18:30 in L9, 7 - room 308
6.2.2013: 8:30 - 18:30 in tba
7.2.2013: 8:30 - 18:30 in tba
25.3.2013: 8:30 - 18:30 in L9, 7 - room 308
26.3.2013: 8:30 - 18:30 in L9, 7 - room 308
27.3.2013: 8:30 - 18:30 in L9, 7 - room 308


CDSB: Disputation Olga Lebedeva

At the end of the doctoral studies at the CDSB students will have to defend their thesis publicly. An important part of this public defense is the group of doctoral students itself, and therefore all students are invited to attend the following public defense:

Olga Lebedeva
"Informed Trading and Market Efficiency"
Monday, December 10, 2012, 13:30 h
L9, 1-2, Room 409


CDSE: Job Candidates 2012/13


CDSS: Harkness Fellowship in Healthcare Policy and Practice for Nadine Reibling

Congratulations to our CDSS PhD Student Nadine Reibling for her Harkness Fellowship in Healthcare Policy and Practice awarded by the Commonwealth Fund. The Fellowship gives promising mid-career professionals—academic researchers, clinicians, managers, government policymakers, and journalists—from Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom a unique opportunity to spend up to 12 months in the United States and work with leading U.S. experts to conduct a research study that addresses a critical issue on the health policy agenda in both the U.S. and their home country.

Nadine Reibling is placed at the Harvard School of Public Health conducting a research project on the relationship between primary care and disparities entitled "The Patient-Centered Medical Home: Tackling Health Inequalities Through Primary Care".

The Harkness Fellowship awards US$160,000, which covers round-trip airfare to the United States, a living allowance, funds for project-related travel, research, and conferences, travel to attend The Commonwealth Fund program of fellowship seminars, health insurance, and U.S. and state taxes.

For more information, please click here.


CDSE faculty Volker Nocke and Michele Tertilt have each been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant.


In addition to the prestige the grants bring to the University of Mannheim, there is also a direct benefit to CDSE students.  The grants allow Professors Nocke and Tertilt to hire PhD students as research assistants and invite researchers from other universities to teach mini PhD courses in the areas of IO and Macro.  For further information see press release (in German) and below.

Professors Nocke and Tertilt to receive more than 1 million Euros each from European Research Council

Two members of the economics department – Professor Volker Nocke and Professor Michèle Tertilt – have each been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant.  This puts them in a highly select group of about a dozen European economics researchers to receive the prestigious 5-year grant this year. In fact, Professors Nocke and Tertilt are the only two economists based in Germany to receive the grant in 2012.  Together with Professor Klaus Adam, who was awarded the same grant last year, the Department of Economics now hosts 3 ERC grant holders, an achievement rivaled by only a handful of other European universities.

Professor Nocke has been awarded more than € 1,3 million over the next five years to develop new industry models that explicitly take into account the dynamic nature of the competitive process. The project will shed light on important policy-related questions in antitrust and industrial policy. Professor Tertilt has been awarded more than € 1,1 million for her proposal “Gender Differences: A Macroeconomic Perspective.”  In her research, she will develop new models of spousal interactions and investigate how family interactions matter for the economy.  For example, one of the research projects analyzes to what extent female empowerment is a good development strategy, while another project analyzes the occurrence of domestic violence over the business cycle.

The head of the Department of Economics, Professor Martin Peitz, declared "The department feels vindicated in its goal to become one of Europe's leading research institutions in economics. We are happy that the European Research Council acknowledges that Volker Nocke and Michèle Tertilt are intellectual leaders in their research fields." 


Ombudspersons for young researchers

For more information please click here.

3rd GESS Research Day on Friday, November 16th, 2012

For more information please click here.

Dirk Berg-Schlosser Award for Stefanie Walter

Congratulations to our CDSS PhD Student Stefanie Walter for winning the 3rd Prize of the Dirk Berg-Schlosser Award at the ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques 2012 in Ljubljana.

The award is named after Dirk Berg-Schlosser in recognition of his instrumental work in bringing the ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques to life. The Dirk Berg-Schlosser Award for best participant posters is awarded at the ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques. All participants are invited to present a poster representing their "work in progress" (typically, this would be a PhD research project but it could also be an ongoing applied research project). 

This yearly award is endowed with €500 - divided into €250 for 1st place, €150 for 2nd place and €100 for 3rd place.

For more information please click here.


CDSS student Mascha Rauschenbach: Researching election campaigns in Ghana

Please click here for Mascha Rauschenbach's blog.


CDSE Seminar Schedule online


Exzellenzinitiative: Universität Mannheim erhält Zuschlag für die zweite Runde


Pressemitteilung vom 15. Juni 2012

Die Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) bleibt Teil der Exzellenzinitiative des Bundes und der Länder. Mit dem vom Wissenschaftsrat und der Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) erteilten Zuschlag zur Weiterfinanzierung wird die Graduiertenschule der Universität Mannheim auch in den kommenden fünf Jahren gefördert.

Die Förderentscheidungen für die zweite Runde der Exzellenzinitiative wurden am heutigen Freitag durch die Bundesministerin für Bildung und Forschung Dr. Annette Schavan sowie die Wissenschaftsministerinnen Doris Ahnen (Rheinland-Pfalz) und Professorin Dr. Johanna Wanka (Niedersachsen) bekannt gegeben. Für die Förderung der zweiten Runde der Exzellenzinitiative an insgesamt 39 Hochschulen werden mehr als 2,5 Milliarden Euro vergeben.

Uni-Rektor Professor Dr. Hans-Wolfgang Arndt sieht die in seiner Amtszeit vorgenommene Profilbildung durch die erneute Förderung der GESS bestätigt: „Wir freuen uns, dass unser Konzept wertgeschätzt und im Rahmen der Exzellenzinitiative weiter gefördert wird".

"Die Entscheidung des Bewilligungsausschusses freut mich außerordentlich. Sie bestätigt unsere Arbeit der letzten sechs Jahre und ist ein Ansporn für die kommenden Jahre. Die Graduiertenschule wird ein zentrales Element der Entwicklung und Modernisierung unserer Universität in den kommenden Jahren sein und bleiben" erklärt der designierte Rektor der Universität Mannheim, Professor Dr. Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden, unter dessen Leitung die GESS erfolgreich aufgebaut wurde.

Der Leiter der GESS, Professor Klaus Adam, zeigt sich hochfreut über diesen Erfolg: „Ich sehe der weiteren Entwicklung der GESS mit hohen Erwartungen entgegen. Ziel ist es, in den nächsten Jahren unsere Position als eines der führenden europäischen Doktorandenprogramme in den Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften zu festigen und auszubauen." 

Die GESS bietet eine strukturierte Doktorandenausbildung in empirischen und quantitativen Methoden und deren Anwendung auf die Betriebswirtschaftslehre, die Volkswirtschaftslehre und die Sozialwissenschaften. Ihr Ziel ist die Ausbildung von jungen Akademikern nach besten internationalen Standards und mit einem besonderen Fokus auf Exzellenz in der Forschung. In der ersten Förderperiode hat die GESS ein international wettbewerbsfähiges strukturiertes Doktorandenprogramm etabliert und damit zur bestehenden hohen wissenschaftlichen Reputation der Universität Mannheim beigetragen.

An der GESS haben in den vergangenen sechs Jahren 69 Studierende der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften promoviert. Zurzeit arbeiten 187 Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden in den Fächern BWL, VWL, Soziologie, Politikwissenschaften und Psychologie an ihrer Promotion. Die Absolventinnen und Absolventen der GESS sind am Arbeitsmarkt sehr erfolgreich. In der Vergangenheit erhielten sie etwa Positionen als Assistenzprofessorinnen und -professoren an international führenden Universitäten, Positionen in internationalen Organisationen, wie dem IWF, der EZB und der Bundesbank, sowie Stellen in führenden Unternehmen der Privatwirtschaft.

Dr. Helga Gebauer
Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS)
Universität Mannheim
Telefon: 0621 181 3206


Excellence Initiative: the University of Mannheim receives funding for the second phase


The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) will stay part of the Excellence Initiative. The Joint Commission of the DFG and the German Council of Science and Humanities decided to extend the funding of the GESS at the University of Mannheim for another 5 years.

On Friday, June 15th 2012 the final decision in the second phase in the Excellence Initiative was announced by the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Dr. Annette Schavan, and the Ministers of Science,  Doris Ahnen (Rhineland-Palatinate) and Professor Dr. Johanna Wanka (Lower Saxony). Overall, 39 universities will be funded with more than 2.5 billion Euros to promote top-level research during this second round.

„We are very happy that our concept is being valued and appreciate the continued funding as part of the Excellence Initiative“ explained University Rector Professor Dr. Hans-Wolfgang Arndt, who feels that the initiated structural changes of the University during his term of office have been confirmed by this decision.

Professor Dr. Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden, the designated rector under whose leadership the GESS was successfully established, adds: „I am extremely pleased with the Joint Committee’s decision. This confirms our work of the past six years and is a great incentive for the coming years.  The Graduate School will continue to stay a central element of development and modernization at our University.“  

The Dean of the GESS, Professor Klaus Adam, is delighted with the outcome: „I have very high expectations for the future development of the GESS. Our goal for the next few years is to consolidate and extend our position as one of the leading European doctoral programs in the economic and social sciences.

The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim provides graduate training in empirical and quantitative methods as well as their application to business, economics, and the social sciences. Its mission is to train young academics according to best international practice with a strong focus on excellence in research. During the first phase of the Excellence Initiative the GESS has successfully established an internationally competitive structured doctoral program contributing to the strong scientific reputation of the University of Mannheim.

During the past six years, 69 students have completed their PhDs in the economic and social sciences. Currently there are 187 doctoral students working on their dissertations in the fields of Business, Economics, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. Alumni of the GESS have taken up assistant professorships and post-doc positions at internationally leading academic institutions as well as positions at renowned international organizations, such as the IWF, the EZB and the Bundesbank, as well as at leading companies in the private sector.


Schmiede für die Elite-Forscher

Die Universität plant einen Neubau für 20 Millionen Euro - für die GESS. Die Exzellenzinitiative des Bundes zahlt viele Millionen Euro - für die GESS. Die Graduiertenschule GESS ist derzeit das Aushängeschild der Mannheimer Universität. Ihr Anspruch: Hier sollen die Top-Wissenschaftler der Zukunft ausgebildet werden. Das erfordert eine Menge Aufwand und viel Geld. Die erneute Aufnahme in das Exzellenzprogramm ist für die Uni ein wichtiger Schritt. Doch die eigentliche Herausforderung wartet noch - die eigenständige Finanzierung.

An der GESS können Studenten, die ihren Abschluss in der Tasche haben, in die Forschung einsteigen und ihren Doktortitel erlangen. "Bei uns ist die Doktorandenausbildung wirklich eine Ausbildung", sagt der Volkswirtschaftler Prof. Klaus Adam, der die Einrichtung leitet. Die Studenten sitzen hier nicht wie sonst üblich im stillen Kämmerlein und brüten über ihrer Arbeit, sie besuchen Kurse, arbeiten in Gruppen und präsentieren ihre Ergebnisse regelmäßig. "In der ganzen Welt wird das so gemacht", sagt Adam, "nur in Deutschland nicht. Wir möchten das ändern." Wer hier promoviert, der soll danach direkt in die Wissenschaft einsteigen können, weltweit.

"In der Forschung gibt es keine nationalen Grenzen", sagt Betriebswirtschaftlerin Xiaohan Gao. Sie kommt aus China, hat dort studiert, jetzt promoviert sie im ersten Jahr in Mannheim. Obwohl sie erst seit Kurzem hier lebt, spricht sie gut Deutsch, was sie nicht müsste: Das Programm an der GESS läuft auf Englisch. "Aber wir unterstützen jeden, der Deutsch lernen will", sagt Agathe Klosterhalfen, Center Managerin an der Graduiertenschule. Gao kann sich für ihre Zukunft viele Ziele vorstellen, Amerika, Europa, China - was zählt, ist die Wissenschaft.

Wissenschaft trifft Politik

Petyo Bonev steht kurz vor dem Start seiner wissenschaftlichen Karriere. Der gebürtige Bulgare hat Betriebswirtschaftslehre studiert, promoviert aber in Volkswirtschaftslehre. Während der vergangenen Jahre war er in Paris zu Gast und in Harvard, Oslo und Groningen als Vortragender auf Konferenzen. Das nächste Semester wird er am University College London verbringen. In seiner Forschung befasst er sich mit der Arbeitsmarktpolitik. Er will überprüfen, ob schrittweise Kürzungen beim Arbeitslosengeld zu größerem Erfolg bei der Jobsuche führen. Das versucht der 31-Jährige mithilfe selbst entwickelter mathematischer Methoden zu untersuchen.

Der Grenzbereich zwischen Politik und Wissenschaft ist neben der reinen Forschung der zweite Bereich, der die GESS-Absolventen anzieht. Beim Internationalen Währungsfonds, der Europäischen Zentralbank oder dem Finanzministerium sind ehemalige GESS-Studenten untergekommen. Hier sollen sie von ihrer interdisziplinären Ausbildung profitieren. Denn die Graduiertenschule umfasst nicht nur Betriebs- und Volkswirtschaft, sondern auch Politikwissenschaft, Soziologie und Psychologie. Neben ihren Fachprogrammen müssen alle gemeinsame Veranstaltungen besuchen.

Ab 2017 wird es ernst

Bis 2017 wird die GESS jetzt aus der Exzellenzförderung des Bundes finanziert, dann ist Schluss. Bis dahin wolle man genug Sponsoren zusammen haben, um die GESS weiterzuführen, auch die Universität habe bereits Zusagen gemacht. "Ich bin zuversichtlich, dass wir das schaffen", sagt Adam. Insider weisen darauf hin, wie wichtig die GESS und die Förderung durch das Exzellenzprogramm für die gesamte Uni sind. Als baden-württembergische Hochschule ohne die Sondermittel - das sei für das Ansehen nicht positiv. Die Uni wird also wohl alles daransetzen, die GESS zu erhalten.

Seminare auf Englisch, Studenten aus aller Welt, das ist die internationale Seite der GESS. Aber die Einrichtung zieht auch Talente aus der Region an. Dennis Lips aus Ludwigshafen studiert seit einem Jahr hier. Der Betriebswirtschaftler hat sein Masterstudium verkürzt und ist direkt an der GESS eingestiegen. "Mir gefällt hier, dass man in kurzer Zeit extrem viel lernen kann", sagt er. Kurse mit vier Studenten und einem Professor, Unterstützung in allen Fragen, Vorbereitung auf die spätere Arbeit und das in internationaler Atmosphäre, perfekt für den 24-Jährigen. Und das vor der Haustür.

© Mannheimer Morgen, Donnerstag, 26.07.2012
Direkt zum Artikel im Mannheimer Morgen.

Gema García Albacete wins Lorenz von Stein Award for best doctoral thesis

The CDSS graduate Gema Garcia Albacete has won the Lorenz von Stein award for the best doctoral thesis in the Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim.

In her dissertation project „Continuity or Generational Change? A Longitudinal Study of Young People’s Political Participation in Western Europe“, Gema García Albcete examines political choices of young people. She shows that young people are interested in politics; however, there are differences to young people of the same age living in the 1970s.

Gema García Albacete graduated from the CDSS in 2011 and currently works as a postdoctoral fellows at the University Autónoma of Madrid.

We congratulate her on this impressive achievement!

More details may be found here.


Welcome to Campus Kids, the University of Mannheim’s nursery

Campus Kids, the University of Mannheim’s nursery provides a caring environment and is like a second home for children and their parents. 

As friends, tutors and companions we will respect and take your children’s rights, needs and skills seriously. The nursery’s guiding principle is to ensure that your child’s individual needs are in the focus of our educational attention. This is why laughing and learning are the most important and indispensable aspects of our everyday life. Our principal aim is to stimulate and encourage each child's independence, activities and confidence and thus to enable him or her to develop his or her personality and to design his/her own life. 

The nursery at a glance 

The University of Mannheim’s nursery (for children 6 months to 3 years old) is set for grand opening in January 2013: 

- Two nursery groups 

- Places are available full-time, only (sessions max: 8h/ day) 

- Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5.00 pm; 

- The nursery will be closed 25 times annually (In the first year 7 times and in the following five years 5 times because of staff training. 

- Settling your child very gently and individually in the nursery so that both parent and child feel happy about joining the nursery. 

- The experiences and support the children receive are tailored to their individual needs. 

- If possible, i.e. English speaking staff is available, bilingualism. 

- Activities in all areas of education (physical activities, cognition, language, art, nature, media). 

- Providing children with a rich and varied diet, respecting their individual needs and cultural background (as recommended by the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ernährung) 

- Regular communication and exchanges of information between the nursery and the child’s parents (at least twice – four times a year) 

- Parent participation (Kickoffs, educational issues) and workshops for parents (to cover their specific, i.e. desired issues) 

For more information, please visit the Department of Gender Equality and social Diversity or you can download the pamphlet here.

The application form can be found here


Universität baut Campus in den Quadraten weiter aus

Mehr Platz für Forschung, Lehre und für den Nachwuchs der Mitarbeiter, das alles soll ein Erweiterungsbau der Universität bringen. Auf einer der letzten großen Freiflächen in den Quadraten will die Hochschule in naher Zukunft weiter wachsen. Für diesen Erweiterungsbau muss sie durchaus tief in die Taschen greifen: Rund 20 Millionen Euro soll das Gebäude in B 6 schräg gegenüber des Schlosses kosten.

"Unsere Universität expandiert", sagte Rektor Prof. Hans-Wolfgang Arndt gestern zur Begründung. Zwar wolle die Einrichtung ihre Studierendenzahl nicht deutlich steigern, aber neue Forschungsprojekte bräuchten Platz. Besonders mache sich hier die neuerliche Förderung der Graduiertenschule durch die Exzellenzinitiative bemerkbar, wofür mehr Büros gebraucht würden. In dieser Graduiertenschule promovieren junge Wissenschaftler und forschen gemeinsam. Schon heute miete die Universität etwa 10 000 Quadratmeter an Büroflächen rings um das Schloss an. Der Neubau soll rund 5000 Quadratmeter bieten.

Die Fläche in B 6 und gegenüber in A 5 gehört dem Land Baden-Württemberg. "Das ist die letzte Ausbaureserve für die Uni", sagte Bernd Müller, Leiter des Mannheimer Amts von Bau und Vermögen Baden-Württemberg, gestern. Insgesamt geht es hier um rund 20 000 Quadratmeter, von denen aber vorerst nur ein kleiner Teil bebaut wird. Allerdings sollen die Architekten auch einen Masterplan für die restlichen Flächen mitliefern - hier seien weitere Uni-Gebäude und etwa ein Studentenwohnheim denkbar. Natürlich werde man auch auf die umliegende Bebauung achten, sagte Müller. Schließlich steht auf der anderen Seite der Kreuzung die historische Sternwarte.

Der Architekten-Wettbewerb werde europaweit ausgeschrieben und bald beginnen, sagte Müller. In der entscheidenden Jury seien neben Experten auch die Universität, die Stadtspitze und das Land vertreten. Im Januar 2013 soll die Entscheidung in dem Wettbewerb fallen, Ende 2013 könnten dann die Bauarbeiten beginnen. Wenn alles gut läuft, könnte der Bau zwei Jahre später stehen - Ende 2015 also.

"Wir sind natürlich daran interessiert, dass es so schnell wie möglich losgeht", sagte Susann-Annette Storm, Kanzlerin der Uni. Schließlich gingen die Anmietungen ins Geld, durch die neuerliche Aufnahme in die Exzellenzinitiative brauche die Graduiertenschule noch mehr Platz. "Wir finanzieren das Gebäude selbst", so Storm. Dafür nutze die Uni Mittel aus dem Hochschulpakt und aufgespartes eigenes Geld.

Sport und Sternwarte als Vision

Das Gebäude soll drei verschiedene Funktionen haben: Zuerst soll es Büroflächen für die Graduiertenschule bieten, daneben noch flexibel nutzbare Seminarräume für die ganze Universität schaffen und schließlich eine Kinderkrippe für Mitarbeiter der Universität beherbergen. "So können wir auch bei der Vereinbarkeit von Beruf und Familie, wo wir bisher nicht führend waren, vorankommen", so Arndt.

Der Neubau soll den "Campus West" der Universität weiter stärken, zusammen mit den schon bestehenden umliegenden Uni-Gebäuden und möglichen weiteren Bauten. "Und mit dem alten Eisstadion gegenüber als Sportpark für alle Mannheimer Hochschulen und Schulen und dazu der Sternwarte als Gästehaus der Uni - das wäre meine Vision als scheidender Rektor", so Arndt.

© Mannheimer Morgen, Donnerstag, 05.07.2012

GESS Science Speed Dating Award

Science Speed Dating at the GESS - It’s about fun, funding and finding research partners!

What is it?

Two doctoral students from different departments get max. 10 minutes to intrigue the other about their research and move on to talking to their next “date”. At the end of the day, participants anonymously tell the team of organizers whether they want to continue the conversation with partner X another time. Matching couples receive an e-mail and may (but are not obliged to) work on an interdisciplinary research proposal. Finally matches will be able to qualify for a prize in the amount of 500 € of per person to be used to turn their ideas into presentable (conferences) and publishable outcomes.

The first event Science Speed Dating has proven to be very successful and the board of the Graduate School of Economic & Social Sciences is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 GESS_Science Speed Dating Award. The award for the best research project goes to André Stenzel (CDSE) and Thomas Johann (CDSB) for their proposal entitled "The Real Probability of Information Events".

An additional honorary prize in the amount of 400 € goes to Martha Michalkiewicz (CDSS) and Simone Malejka (CDSS) for their research proposal entitled "On the effect of boredom and task difficulty in psychological experiments". The board of reviewers has emphasized that the decision had been difficult, given the high quality of all applications.

We want to thank all applicants of the 2012 GESS_Science Speed Dating Award, the participants of the GESS_Science Speed Dating Event which took place on November 18, 2011, and the anonymous reviewers for making the first GESS_Science Speed Dating event such a great success.


CDSE: Guest Lecture Harald Uhlig

We are pleased to announce that Harald Uhlig, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, will be visiting Mannheim in June.  He will teach a mini-course consisting of three lectures on “Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy” on June 19 and June 20, 13:45-15:15, and June 21, 10:15-11:45. The course takes place in P44. 

This course investigates the interrelationship between financial markets and macroeconomics, presenting some recent developments in that literature in survey style.  We start from a log-linearized perspective on asset pricing and macroeconomic dynamics, and briefly touch upon long-run risk and Epstein-Zin preferences.  We discuss higher moments and large disasters.  Finally, we turn to DSGE models incorporating a housing sector and house price booms and busts as well as models of systemic risk.

Please register for this course no later than June 8th.

CDSE: Guest Lecture Dirk Krueger

We are pleased to announce that Dirk Krueger, Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, will be visiting Mannheim in June. 

He will teach a mini-course consisting of three lectures on “Limited Contract Enforcement in Macroeconomics” on June 11, June 12 and June 13, 10:15-11:45 am. The course takes place in P44.

The course provides an overview of macroeconomic research on limited contract enforcement. The course begins with a discussion of stylized facts that motivate the construction of quantitative macroeconomics models with heterogeneous agents. After a brief discussion of standard complete-market models and standard exogenous incomplete-market models, the main focus of the remainder of the lectures will be on models in which markets are endogenously incomplete due to the presence of incomplete enforcement of risk sharing contracts. A simple example with two types of households will be given where the equilibrium allocation can be characterized analytically. Models with a continuum of households and non-degenerate consumption distributions will be discussed. Approaches for the computations of recursive equilibria in these models will be given, and their empirical evaluations relative to micro data on consumption, wealth and asset prices will be presented.

Please register for this course no later than June 1st.

CDSE: Guest Lecture Matthias Doepke

We are pleased to announce that Matthias Doepke, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Northwestern University, will be guest here in Mannheim end of July/beginning of August.

He will give a lecture "Inflation and Redistribution: The Economics of Money as a Unit of Account" on July 23, July 25 and July 27, 15:00 to 16:30 h resp. The course will take place in L 9, 7, room 3.08.

The course provides an overview of research that is concerned with the role of money as a unit of account for assets and liabilities. Long-term contracts that specify future payments (such as mortgages, loans, or government debt) are usually written in fixed nominal (dollar) units. The use of money as a unit of account in this sense implies that unanticipated changes in the price level (inflation or deflation) have redistributive effects: for example, inflation lowers the real value of all nominal assets and liabilities, and thereby shifts wealth from lenders to borrowers. The mini-course covers research that aims to understand the economic mechanisms that give rise to the use of money as a unit of account; that assesses the extent and direction of redistribution generated by changes in the price level; and that quantifies the implications of large inflation shocks on economic aggregates, the welfare of different groups of households, and the housing market.

Please register for this course no later than June 1st.


Best Paper Award for CDSS Students Sebastian Pink and Lars LeszczenskyDemography Prize awarded to CDSS students Elias Naumann & Moritz HessCDSB student Benedikt Franke received the Best Conference Paper Award by the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB)CDSS PhD candidate Benjamin Engst to visit Emory University for research on judicialization of politicsCDSE: exam schedule spring 2014Joint SFB 884 & CDSS workshop on "Game-theoretic Models of International Conflict" on June 10 and 11, 2014CDSS PhD student Julia Semmelbeck joins START for the Summer Fellowship on Illicit NetworksInformation Meeting about Funding Opportunities for PostdocsCDSB students Axel Franz and Emilio Zamorano awarded with scholarships of the Erich-Becker-StiftungCDSE doctoral student Guiseppe Corbisiero to present at OLG 2014CDSS PhD candidate Anita Gohdes has a blog on Political Violence @ a GlanceCDSE: midterm exam schedule for core courses, spring 2014CDSE Student Andreas Bernecker to give invited talksRadio appearance for CDSS student Adam Scharpf on the Syria CrisisCDSS student Thomas Biegert wins JESP-ESPAnet Doctoral Researcher PrizeCDSE Graduate Christian Michel awarded with Reinhard-Selten-AwardCDSE Student Andreas Bernecker Wins Best Paper AwardCDSB: Florian Weigert and Michael Ungeheuer: invited talksCDSS: Michael Kühhirt wins prize for research on Gender and DiversityCDSS: Patrick Bayer wins two prizes for dissertationCDSS: A study on the civil war in Syria by Adam ScharpfCDSS: Best paper award for Stefan DomonkosCDSS Young Scholar AwardEvgenia Zhivotova: invited talksExam Schedule for the CDSE-Core CoursesSOEP@Campus 2013 in MannheimCDSS calls for application for its Qualification Scholarship ProgramCDSS Student Moritz Heß: Members of German Parliament More Risk-Loving Than General PopulationNew Research Building for the GESSCDSB Student Dennis Lips selected for BASF's Discover Together ProgramAMA Global Ranking: Prof. Homburg takes 1st placeCDSS: Call for Applications Full Professor in Quantative Methods in the Social SciencesCDSB:Best PhD paper award for Christopher Fink and Thomas JohannTV Report about the GESSCDSE: Additional Course E825 in Spring 2013CDSB: Disputation Olga LebedevaCDSE: Job Candidates onlineCDSS: Harkness Fellowship in Healthcare Policy and Practice for Nadine ReiblingCDSE: ERC Grants awarded to Volker Nocke and Michele TertiltOmbudspersons for young researchers3rd GESS Research Day on Friday, November 16th, 2012CDSS: Dirk Berg-Schlosser Award for Stefanie WalterCDSS student researching on election campaigns in GhanaCDSE: CDSE Seminar schedule onlineGESS: Erfolgreich in der ExzellenzinitiativeGESS: Successful in Excellence InitiativeSchmiede für die Elite-ForscherCDSS: Lorenz von Stein Award for best doctoral thesis awarded to Gema Garcia AlbaceteCampus Kids KitaNeues Gebäude für die GESSGESS Science Speed Dating AwardCDSE: Guest Lecture Harald UhligCDSE: Guest Lecture Dirk KruegerCDSE: Guest Lecture Matthias Doepke