"I really enjoy the multinational working and research environment with highly qualified and open-minded fellow students from all over the world." Behnaz Gholami, CDSB

Mira Bazlen


Mira Bazlen was born on June 23, 1988 in Worms, Germany. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim. In 2009, she spent one semester at the University of Leeds and one semester at the City University London, both Great Britain. Her master thesis examined the development of wealth taxation in the United States, especially the federal estate tax. Mira gained research experience while working as a student research assistant at the Centre for European Economic Research. In addition she gained teaching experience as a tutor at the Chair of Business Administration and Taxation of Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schreiber. In addition, she has acquired practical experience in the fields of accounting and taxation through internships in various companies, including KPMG. 

Research Interests

Tax Planning

Tax Effects

Cash Flow Taxes

Why I chose the University of Mannheim and in particular the GESS

The University of Mannheim provides an excellent research environment for my studies. Not only does it provide a good exchange within the Areas but also does it work closely with the surrounded institutions like the Center for European Economic Research.

The best part of being a doctoral student here

To name one best thing would not meet the experience here. The easy and friendly integration has probably a major part in it. Another important factor is the freedom within your research as you can refer to a wide variety of researchers.

A description of my fellow doctoral students

They are just what you need - open-minded, helpful, and enthusiastic about their work.

My most challenging experience within the program

The course-load in the first semester, as you have to deal with topics you are most likely not an expert in. But especially those courses are the ones, which will enhance your research later.

My advice for prospective students

Never give up! You will have ups and downs, but as long as you have your aim in mind and surround yourself with other PhD. students, the ups will dominate.