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Sihong Zhang


Sihong Zhang was born in Shanghai, China, in 1989. After graduating from high school (with highest honors) in Freiburg, Germany, she studied economics at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, earning a bachelor’s degree. She joined the CDSE through the Master of Economic Research program. While studying she has completed an internship with Accenture in Beijing, taught at various summer academies, worked as a research assistant at the ifo-Institut in Munich and held a teaching assistantship at the University of Mannheim. Her primary area of academic interest is microeconomics, with special emphasis on industrial organization and behavioral economics. While still attending high school, Sihong also studied music at the Freiburg Conservatory of Music, where she majored in piano. After graduation from high school she was awarded a scholarship by the German National Academic Foundation. In her leisure time Sihong enjoys outdoor activities, music, reading and painting.

Research Interests


Industrial Organization

Behavioral Economics

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

I wanted to study at a university that is well respected for economics. And when I looked through the course catalogue the variety of courses offered, especially in applied microeconomics, immediately convinced me.

The best part of being a doctoral student here

I really enjoy the whole environment and atmosphere here. It is quite international but at the same time still very familiar.

A description of my fellow doctoral students

Everyone is being extremely helpful. Whenever you have a question or problem, people are happy to help. All you need to do is ask. Apart from that, they are also really fun to hang out with outside of university.