Thomas Schwab attained his A-level at a Austrian Higher Technical College in the field EDP and Organization. He gained his bachelor degree in Economics and Social Sciences at the Vienna University of Business and Economics (WU Wien). Subsequently, he pursued his master degree at WU Wien and Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin). Besides his studies he worked as a student assistant at WU's Institute for Public Sector Economics and for the Public Finance group at the Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna (IHS Vienna). In September 2014, he joined the Mannheim GESS.
Why did you choose the University of Mannheim and in particular the GESS?
Mannheim is a leading research place for economics and social sciences. Especially the interdisciplinary field of taxation is fostered here at an excellent level. The GESS provides a tough and clear structured curriculum, but enhances the curriculum with events beyond standard courses. In addition, the interdisciplinary concept of the GESS helps you to widen your horizon beyond the scope of your own field.
What is the best part of being a doctoral student here?
The excellent student-teacher ratio, the nice atmosphere between students and professors and the fully equipped offices in the castle.
How would you describe your fellow doctoral students?
Very ambitious and heterogeneous in terms of interests
What was most challenging about your experience within the program?
Until now: The very intense first semester.
Any advice for prospective students?
Think carefully about your research interests and keep them in mind - it will help you to stay focused.