The CDSE is striving to offer a collaborative atmosphere which allows students to develop and exchange ideas and research projects among each other.

Vahe Krrikyan


Vahe Krrikyan was born in Sankt Petersburg, Russian Federation, in 1989. He graduated from the Armenian State University of Economics (ASUE) with a BA in Labor Economics degree with distinction in 2009. Two years later he got a Master’s degree in Labor Economics at the ASUE and entered the MA in Economics program at the Central European University (CEU). In his thesis he analyzed the impact of the Global Financial Crisis on the demand for heterogeneous labor in Hungary. His main interests in Economics include Labor Economics, Development Economics and Macro. He enjoys playing the piano, listening to rock music and playing football.

Research Interests

Labor Economics

Development Economics

International Finance

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

I chose the CDSE program as it is considered to be one of the most competitive in Europe with a highly qualified faculty. I believe my studies in the GESS will help me pursue a successful academic career.

The best part of being a doctoral student here

The freedom in creativity and composure given to the PhD students in the GESS helps them tackle quite challenging and interesting topics in Social Sciences, making the study process in the programs much more interesting.

A description of my fellow doctoral students

The fact of being surrounded by highly motivated PhD students with robust background in Economics helps me a lot in my Doctoral studies. I highly appreciate the willingness of my fellow course-mates to cooperate and help each other. I think this is one of the key attributes needed for mutual success.

My most challenging experience within the program

The biggest challenge for me in the first year was to build a belief in me that I am capable of pursuing a successful academic career. As H. Ford said: “Whether you think you can or you think you cannot, you are probably right”.

My advice for prospective students

The only thing one lacks to reach his potential is just the belief in himself. If you think you can study in the CDSE program just try hard and you will make it.