Xiaodi Wang was born in Shandong, China in 1987. From 2006 to 2010, he studied Actuarial Science at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and graduated with a bachelor degree. Then he obtained his master degree in International and Development Economics with distinction at the Australian National University in 2011. Currently, his research interests are focused on family macroeconomics. During his leisure time, he enjoys reading detective novels, hiking, camping and photography.
Why I chose the University of Mannheim and in particular the GESS
The University of Mannheim is one of the best universities in Europe in the field of economics. Also the international environment in Mannheim is very attractive to foreign students. By the way, the campus itself (a Baroque palace) is a bonus.
The best part of being a doctoral student here
The research environment here deserves its reputation. From coursework to research, the department guides me step by step to guarantee myself a smooth start of my own research. The professors and PhD students here are always approachable when I have questions.
A description of my fellow doctoral students
They are friendly, rigorous and motivated. Cooperation among students is also one of the best traditions in Mannheim. Always enjoy staying with them.
My most challenging experience within the program
Trying to survive in the first year is always challenging. But this experience just makes the following years easier. Definitely worth it.
My advice for prospective students
PhD is tough, get mentally prepared. If you have accomplished this step, enjoy your PhD life!