Twenty-two full-time senior and numerous junior faculty members are engaged in a variety of research projects at the frontiers of their fields, covering micro- and macroeconomics, econometrics, statistical methods, labor economics, industrial organization, financial economics, public economics, economic history and international trade.
Research at the department is supported by large institutional grants from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and from European Union research and training grants; additional funds are obtained from other public and private institutions.
The Department of Economics has established a large number of international contacts, and maintains numerous institutional contacts to universities and research institutions throughout the world. In addition, important research centers are located at Mannheim and are associated with the Department, including
- the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) which is one of the leading institutes in the field of applied economic research in Europe. It focuses on internationally comparative issues in the European context and maintains a number of important databases;
- the interdisciplinary collaborative research center on The Political Economy of Reforms (SFB 884) which investigates success and failure of policy reforms by analyzing competing interests, contexts and the political process of reform-making.