Jasper Haller was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1987. After high school, he spent one year volunteering at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Israel. He then studied Political Economy at Williams College, USA, and also spent one semester at the West African Research Center, Dakar, Senegal. In 2011, Jasper graduated from Williams with a BA magna cum laude, writing his thesis on 'Medicaid Eligibility Policy in the States'. He then joined the GESS through the Master of Economic Research program. Jasper's research interests lie in applied microeconomics, especially health economics. In his free time, Jasper enjoys reading, theater, traveling, baseball and snowboarding.
Why I chose the University of Mannheim and in particular the GESS
Mannheim impressed me with its very large department that covers virtually the entire field of economics. Like a graduate school in the US, the GESS program is very structured and emphasizes rigorous training of its students during the first two years, which I found very appealing.
The best part of being a doctoral student here
You have great possibilities to get in touch with researchers across the entire department and beyond. People are very approachable.
A description of my fellow doctoral students
Great young economists who know how to think scientifically, but also really nice colleagues who help each other out.
My most challenging experience within the program
It is difficult to make the transition from being a consumer of economics (a student) to becoming a producer of economics (a researcher). Fortunately, I am not alone - this is hard for (nearly) everyone.
My advice for prospective students
This is a program designed for five years, which is a long time. Make sure you it is what you really want, and then once you're here, make the most of your time.