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Alexander Rohlf


Alexander was born in Hannover, Germany, and studied Economics at the University of Heidelberg, from where he graduated in 2011. During the course of his studies he also achieved a "Vordiplom" in Physics and spent two semesters at the University of Georgia, USA. His Diploma thesis "Taylor Rules as a Means of Evaluating US Monetary Policy before the Financial Crisis of 2008" analyzed the consistency of US monetary policy in the years leading up to the Financial Crisis and employed a variety of econometric methods such as Breakpoint Tests. Since then, he has been involved in a Research Project dealing with the effects of Emission Information on Housing Markets in Germany and has started analyzing the impact of the Fukushima disaster on Investment Patterns in the Energy Sector, while spending the second year of his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His main research interests include Applied Econometrics, International Macroeconomics and Finance with a focus on the future development of the Energy Sector. Consequently, he has worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant at the chairs of Statistics, Environmental Economics and Empirical Economics in the past. Alexander spends his free time playing Soccer among other sports and riding his bicycle. He also enjoys listening to music and is interested in contemporary and classic movies.

Research Interests

Empirical Research in Economics

International Macroeconomics and Finance

The Future Development of the Energy Sector in Germany and the World

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

Because the CDSE is one of the best Econ Programs in Europe and Mannheim is very close to my adoptive hometown of Heidelberg.

The best part of being a doctoral student here

Great support from other Students, Professors and the Program Coordinators. The very good connections to several renowned Econ Programs abroad and the chance to visit these as well.

A description of my fellow doctoral students

Friendly, motivated and very diverse. Quite an international bunch!

My most challenging experience within the program

Getting through the first-year courses after being a Teaching Assistant myself and while already working on serious Research Projects in the meantime.

My advice for prospective students

Don't be intimidated. Just go for it and apply!


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