The Bielefeld Graduate School of Economics and Management offers a broad variety of activities. Doctoral workshops are organized by BiGSEM students once a year focusing on networking between young researchers on an international level at an early stage of their career. Jamborees are taking place alternating at the European partner universities during the summer term. It aims to exchange recent work in the ongoing research projects together with experienced as well as young researchers. The lecture series Wissenschaftsforum Wirtschaft addresses the public at large. It aims to provide information about current trends in economics and management research and to improve public understanding of economic causes and effects. Thus, a connection is made between theory and practice in an attempt to illustrate the potential applications of research results to the broadest possible audience. In addition the BiGSEM organizes conferences on current economic topics.


BiGSEM: Eleventh Doctoral Workshop in Bielefeld, December 2016

EDEEM: Fifth Jamboree in Lisbon, July 6 - 8, 2016

BiGSEM: Tenth Doctoral Workshop in Bielefeld, December 7 - 8, 2015

EDEEM: Fourth Jamboree in Venice, July 16-18, 2015

BiGSEM: Ninth Doctoral Workshop in Bielefeld, December 15 - 16, 2014

EDEEM: Third Jamboree in Bielefeld, July 9 - July 11, 2014

EBIM: Eighth Doctoral Workshop in Bielefeld, December 2 - 3, 2013

EBIM/EDEEM: Second Jamboree in Paris, July 8 - July 10, 2013

EBIM: Seventh Doctoral Workshop in Bielefeld, November 26 - 27, 2012

OWL Workshop: Markets, Games & Design, September 12- September 16, 2012

EBIM/EDEEM: First Jamboree in Paris, July 11 - July 12, 2012

EBIM: Sixth Doctoral Workshop in Bielefeld, December , 2011

EBIM: Seventh Joint Workshop in Paris, July 6 - July7, 2011

EBIM: Fifth Doctoral Workshop in Bielefeld, November 18-19, 2010

Special Talk:  Talk of the Nobel prize winner Professor Roger B. Myerson (University of Chicago) on "A Model of Moral Hazard Credit Cycles" , October 6, 2010

EBIM: Sixth Joint Workshop in Paris, March 31 - April 1, 2010

EBIM: Fourth Doctoral Workshop in Bielefeld, December 14 - 15, 2009

Wissenschaftsforum Wirtschaft: Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert, DIW Economic Rewards of Climate Protection and Sustainable Energy Sources, May 2009

EBIM: Fifth Joint Workshop in Bielefeld, February 12 - 13, 2009

EBIM: Third Doctoral Workshop in Bielefeld, December 11-12, 2008

Wissenschaftsforum Wirtschaft: Dr. Bernhard Heitzer, President of the Bundeskartellamt,  Ensuring Competition in a Globalized World, Dec. 2008

Wissenschaftsforum Wirtschaft: Prof. Dr. Axel A. Weber, President of Deutsche Bundesbank, Ten Years of European Currency Policy: Ten Assumptions, Jun. 2008

EBIM: Fourth Joint Workshop in Paris, April 1-2, 2008

EBIM: Second Doctoral Workshop in Bielefeld, December 13-14, 2007

Wissenschaftsforum Wirtschaft: Prof. Dr. Norbert Walter, Chief Economist of Deutsche Bank Gruppe, Abundant Liquidity and Asset Bubbles - Fiction or Fact?, Nov. 2007

EBIM: Third Joint Workshop in Bielefeld, March 29-31, 2007

EBIM: First Doctoral Workshop in Bielefeld, December 7-8, 2006

Wissenschaftsforum Wirtschaft: Prof. Martin Hellwig Ph.D. , Director of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Common Goods, Why Has the Cost of Electricity Risen So Much?, Nov. 2006

Conference: Vigoni 2006

Wissenschaftsforum Wirtschaft: Prof. Dr. Herbert A. Henzler, former CEO McKinsey Europe, Managing a Soccer Team: The Case of FC Bayern Munich, May 2006

EBIM: Second Joint Workshop in Paris, March 28-31, 2006

EBIM: First Joint Workshop in Bielefeld, December 2-3, 2005

Wissenschaftsforum Wirtschaft: Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker, CEO Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Higher Education 10 Years from Now: A Vision, Nov. 2005

Wissenschaftsforum Wirtschaft: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Werner Sinn, President of the ifo Institute, Can Germany Be Saved?, Jul. 2005

Conference: Vigoni 2005

Conference: Creds 2005




Michael Günther

successfully defended his thesis on "Theory and Application of Renegotiation in Repeated Games". Congratulations!

Michael Günther will defend his thesis

BiGSEM Student, Michael Günther, will defend his thesis on Tuesday, September 19. It will take place at 5 pm in room V10-122.

BiGSEM happily welcomes two new BiGSEM members:

Ms. Fabienne Dascher 
Mr. Jasper Hepp

and three new doctoral students of the EXIDE program are starting their doctoral work at Bielefeld University:

Mr. Erdenebulgan Damdinsuren;
Ms. Mariam Nanumyan;
Ms. Roberta Terranova

We wish our new students a good start and much success with their academic program!

Sevak Alaverdyan has been invited to the 6th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences

The Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings has selected Sevak Alaverdyan to participate in the 6th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences to be held from 22 - 26 August 2017 in Lindau, Germany. Up to 20 Nobel Laureates and approximately 400 highly-talented young economists  from all over the world will participate in this meeting. Sevak Alaverdyan was selected among 1000 nominated students. Congratulations!

Benoit Decerf has a forthcoming publication in The Journal of Public Economics

The EDEEM graduate Benoit Decerf has a forthcoming publication in The Journal of Public Economics "Why not consider that being absolutely poor is worse than being only relatively poor?", which is a part of his PhD dissertation.

Gregor Böhl is awarded the "SCE 2017 Graduate Student Paper Contest"

The EDEEM student Gregor Böhl has been awarded the "Graduate Student Paper Contest 2017" of the Society for Computational Economics (SCE). The awards have been presented during the international conference "Computing in Economics and Finance" in New York City on Friday, June 30.

We are very happy to congratulate Gregor Böhl who is awarded the "Graduate Student Paper Contest 2017" for his paper "Monetary Policy and Speculative Stock Markets".

New Position at Goethe University Frankfurt

We are glad to announce that Gregor Böhl has landed a job as a post doc at the Goethe University in Frankfurt from 01.06.2017. We wish him all the best and success for his professional and private future.

New Doctoral Representative

The BiGSEM-students have hold their vote on the new doctoral representative. Erdenebulgan Damdinsuren got elected and is from now on acting as a conduit between the doctoral students and the program administration. Congratulations!


Ly Dai Hung

Ly Dai Hung successfully defended his thesis on "Productivity Growth and International Capital Flows in an integrated World".


Ly Dai Hung will defend his thesis

EDEEM student, Hung Ly Dai, will defend his Phd thesis on March 9. It will take place at 1 pm in V8-119.

Jochen Manegold

Jochen Manegold successfully defended his thesis on "Competition in Markets with Intermediaries".


Dissertation Prize Award

Every year about 260 doctoral students complete successfully their doctoral degree at Bielefeld University. According to the recommendations of the faculties, the "Universitätsgesellschaft Bielefeld" then nominates graduates with outstanding dissertations for its dissertation prize.

This year we are happy to congratulate Dr. Tobias Hellmann who is awarded the dissertation prize 2016 for his Thesis "Essays on the Foster-Hart Measure of Riskiness and Ambiguity in Real Options Games".

Congratulations Tobias!

Nikoleta van Welbergen

Nikoleta van Welbergen successfully defended her thesis on "Information Uncertainty in Auction Theory".


Lan Sun

Lan Sun successfully defended her thesis on "Essays on Two-Player Games with Asymmetric Information".


Job Opening: 15 doctoral fellowships

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network: Expectations and Social Influence Dynamics in Economics (ExSIDE)

ExSIDE is looking for 15 highly motivated doctoral fellows to engage in cutting edge interdisciplinary research combined with a structured curriculum of training activities. The agenda of ExSIDE is to improve our understanding of the role of expectation formation and social influence for economic dynamics and for the optimal design of economic policy. Doctoral fellows will engage in network-wide training activities and carry out research work at two (or three) out of eight European partner universities. Selected candidates will enter a 36 month work contract with the recruiting university of their project.

For more information about ExSIDE and the application procedure see


Deadline for Application: January 15, 2017

New ZiF Research Group

Anna Zaharieva together with two colleagues Ursula Mense-Petermann (Faculty of Sociology) and Thomas Welskopp (Faculty of History) successfully applied for an interdisciplinary ZiF Research Group “In Search of the Global Labour Market”. During the ZiF residence period between October 2017 and July 2018 more than 25 research fellows from leading German and foreign Universities will visit Bielefeld in order to join their effort in analyzing labour market globalization tendencies, internationalization patterns and worker mobility flows across the globe.
More information will be frequently updated over here

Defense: Lan Sun and Nikoleta van Welbergen

BiGSEM students Lan Sun and Nikoleta van Welbergen will defend their theses on December 2.

Lan Sun: 10 am in V10-122
Nikoleta van Welbergen: 2 pm in U3-140

New BiGSEM Visiting Student

Francesca Grassetti from University of Macerata (IT) is taking part in BiGSEM as a visiting student in the time from 01/11/2016 to 31/01/2017. Her research interests are mainly on nonlinear dynamics applied to economic growth theory.



Philipp Külpmann

Philipp Külpmann successfully defended his thesis on "Essays on Teamwork".


Philipp Külpmann will defend his thesis.

BiGSEM student Philipp Külpmann will defend his Phd thesis on October 17th. It will take place at 11 am in V10-122.

New BiGSEM members

BiGSEM happily welcomes seven new BiGSEM members:

Mr Erdenebulgan Damdinsuren
Mr Simon Hoof
Ms Kerstin Hötte
Mr Victor Zapata Garcia

Three of them are starting their doctoral work in the EDEEM program at Bielefeld University:

Mr Alessandro Basurto
Mr Zhaojun Xing

Furthermore, two second year EDEEM doctoral students:

Ms. Madhuri Agrarwal
Mr Quentin Couanau
Mr. Ilya Eryzhenskly

are now doing their research in BiGSEM during for the academic year 2016/17

We wish our new students a good start and much success with their academic program!