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Niklas Garnadt


Niklas Garnadt was born in Frankfurt (Main) in 1989. After a year of alternative civilian service in 2007 he conducted his undergraduate studies in mathematics and economics at the Technical University Munich, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He completed his BSc. in Economics with a thesis about informational frictions between the real and the financial sector. Subsequently he completed the MSc. in Economics at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics with a thesis on international labor migration in a search and matching model of the labor market. During his undergraduate studies he worked as a research assistant at the Seminar for Dynamic Modelling and the Seminar for Behavioral and Experimental Economics at the University of Munich. His research interests lie at the intersection of theoretical micro- and macroeconomics in particular informational frictions in macroeconomics and learning in search models. In his spare time he likes to travel, go skiing and play football and is a fierce supporter of Borussia Dortmund in reality as well as on the Playstation.

Research Interests

Micro- and Macroeconomic Theory

Information Economics

Industrial Organization

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

I chose the Economics Program at GESS as it offers an excellently structured program with access to some of the best researchers in Europe.

The best part of being a doctoral student here

Being part of a group of students with very diverse interests, allowing very stimulating discussions. Also the easy access to the professors is really nice.

A description of my fellow doctoral students

I was really surprised how many well-trained, down-to-earth people are doing their PhD here. The "quality" of my classmates hugely exceeded my expectations.

My most challenging experience within the program

Coming up with ideas for the dissertation proposal (it still is the most challenging experience).

My advice for prospective students

Don't worry too much about the first year (especially the first semester). It will be tough but you'll get through in the end. Be nice to your office mates, they will become really important when preparing for exams, in particular in lightening up your mood!