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Peter Severin


Peter Severin finished his bachelor studies in 2014 at the University of Münster. During these studies, he spent one semester abroad in Liège Belgium. Straight after achieving his bachelor degree, he started studying at the University of Mannheim. He enjoyed the studying environment there very much and therefore decided to apply for the Business Research Program after only one semester of studies. After the acceptance of his application by the finance faculty in 2015, he consequently started studying in the PhD program and has not regretted it at any moment. Currently he is working at the faculty of corporate finance and was very grateful to be accepted by Prof. Ernst Maug for supervision.

Research interests:

Corporate Finance and Labor Economics in general

Mergers and Acquisitions and Wage Differentials in particular

Why I chose the University of Mannheim:

After having studied one semester in Mannheim during my master, I was convinced to also do my PhD here.

The best part of being a doctoral student here:

Finally being taken seriously. You start realizing that your ideas matter and are able to develop your own theories instead of just listening.

My most challenging experience within the program

The first semester of the phd studies was really tough. One fact that one needs to embrace when starting the phd studies is that you only understand about half of what the professor tells you.

My advice for prospective students

Be prepared to suffer during the first semester. The endurance will be rewarded later when you start realizing that you are more than one step ahead of your previous master colleges. Be open to a change of interest. Until the dust settles during the second semester, keep your eyes open for different areas and topics.

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