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Raphael Epperson


Raphael was born in Bonn, Germany. In 2015, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Mannheim and joined the CDSE. During his bachelor studies, he spent one semester at the National University of Singapore. After he had returned, he worked for two years as research assistant at the Centre for European Economic Research (Department of Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management) and did an internship at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Department of Economics). In his free time, he enjoys doing all kinds of sports, reading, and spending time with his family and friends.

Research Interests

Environmental Economics

Behavioral Economics

Experimental Economics

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

A strong economic department, a well-structured program and the opportunity to learn from other disciplines.

The best part of being a doctoral student here

It is difficult to point out one particular aspect as it is the complete package that makes it a pleasant experience.

A description of my fellow students

Ambitious, helpful and always open to interesting discussions.

My most challenging experience within the program

To see the big picture during the first year of the program.

My advice for prospective students

Make use of the extensive opportunities to deepen your knowledge and develop your research skills.