Winter 2011-2012

March 8: BiGSEM members finish their doctorate

Sonja Brangewitz finished her work "Coalitional and Strategic Market Games", while Jan-Philip Gamp finished his work "Games and their Relation to Markets". Both students worked on their thesis under Co-tutelle agreements with the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.


February 22: Admission Board Meeting

The next meetings of the BiGSEM doctoral council will be on May 5, June 6 and July 11. BiGSEM students who are not yet officially accepted as a doctoral student are asked to apply for acceptance two weeks in advance.

February 22: Upcoming Rigorosa

Two BiGSEM students will hold their rigorosa next week.

Sonja Brangewitz Feb 27, 10am, U3-140, Dissertation Topic "Coalitional and Strategic Market Games"
Jan-Philip Gamp Feb 28, 11am, U3-140, Dissertation Topic "Games and their Relation to Markets"

February 9: New Doctoral Representative

The BiGSEM-students have hold their vote on the new dotoral representative. Tobias Hellmann got elected nem con and is from now on acting as a conduit between the doctoral students and the program administration as well as suggesting solutions to problems related to campus life for the BiGSEM-doctoral students. Congratulations!



January 23: BiGSEM welcomes new visiting student

Davide Radi is visiting BiGSEM in 2012. He is a second year Ph. D. student in Economics, Applied Mathematics and Operational Research at the department of Mathematics, Statistics, Computing and Applications "Lorenzo Mascheroni" (Bergamo University) and is doing his research at BiGSEM as a visiting student invited by Prof. Dr. Herbert Dawid. His research interests are Evolutionary Game Theory, Nonlinear Hydrid dynamical systems and Differential Games while he is also interested in Random dynamical systems and occupancy problems. He previous education is a bachelor's degree in Information Technology Management for Business and a MSc in Economics from Urbino University.

January 19: EBIM Workshop / BiGSEM Anniversary Review

The EBIM Doctoral Workshop taken place at Bielefeld University on the 5-7 of December has been perceived as a wide success in the eyes of all participants. It is entirely organized independently by the EBIM doctoral students. For the 6th time, other doctoral students were invited to talk about their research in various fields of theoretical economics, ranging from game theory to financial markets. Out of more than fifty applicants, fourteen speakers who research at high reputation universities presented their ideas and results. These were introduced in talks of a very high quality and the workshop furthermore benefited from a professional attitude of all participants. During a poster session the EBIM doctoral students themselves were able to give an overview of their research topics. The guest speakers felt very welcome at Bielefeld University and praised the hospitality and the organization of their hosts. The workshop became a fruitful exchange of ideas and concepts that the international guests agreed upon should take place again next year. Since 2006 this workshop series is hosted by the EBIM doctoral students and thus it can claim to have the longest history of its kind in Germany.


January 18: Summary of the first internal evaluation of EBIM

To tailor EBIM better to the needs and requirements of doctoral researchers a questionnaire was distributed among the students which was completed in the following way.

75 % was the rate of return (12/16). Four categories were given: highly satisfied, satisfied, unsatisfied and highly unsatisfied

Students were higly satisfied with: the academic supervision (8/12), the leadership (speaker) (7/12), the office of coordination (8/12), other facilities (7/12) and the application process (9/12),

satisfied with: the study program (7/12), the preparation of a postdoctoral career (6/12), the combination of career and family (5/12),their research stay in Paris (8/12) and dissatisfied with the equipement of their workplace (6/12).

Overall all students are either highly satisfied or satisfied with the structured graduate program EBIM.

January 18: DFG-infobrief 4.11

The new DFG-Infobrief is online. The DFG-Infobrief provides a brief look at the findings of statistical analyses on research funding policies and on individual DFG funding programmes. This issue's topic is Gemeinsam zum Doktortitel – Promotionen im Rahmen von Graduiertenkollegs und Sonderforschungsbereichen im Vergleich. An English version will be available soon.

January 11: EBIM Networks Workshop

On Saturday, January 14, EBIM will host a joint workshop with our partners from the University Paris 1 on Social and Economic Networks. Please find the program here.

November 30: Symposium - 10 years of BiGSEM

The symposium on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Bielefeld Graduate School of Economics and Management is coming close. It will take place on December 6, 2011, at 3pm at the ZiF. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.

October 12: Admission Board Meeting

The next meetings of the BiGSEM doctoral council will be on October 19, December 7 and February 1. BiGSEM students who are not yet officially accepted as a doctoral student are asked to apply for acceptance.


Phemelo Tamasiga

successfully defended his thesis on "Essays in International Trade, Multinational Firm Production and Economic Growth". Congratulations!

BiGSEM Workshop

The 12th BiGSEM Doctoral Workshop on Economic Theory took place at Bielefeld University earlier this week. The annual event is entirely organized by doctoral students for doctoral students. Out of a pool of applications, fourteen speakers where invited to talk about their research in various fields of theoretical economics. All of these talks took place in the plenary hall of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research amidst the green of the Teutoburg Forest. Afterwards, everybody returned home with new ideas and concepts.Pictures

Phemelo Tamasiga

BiGSEM student Phemelo Tamasiga will defend his Phd thesis on December 7. It will take place at 12 pm in U3-140.

Philipp Möhlmeier

successfully defended his thesis on "The Role of Externalities in Social and Economic Networks".


Simon Schopohl

successfully defended his thesis on "Essays in Communication and Information Transmission".


Gregor Böhl

successfully defended his thesis on "Macrofinance Dynamics, Heterogeneity, and Policy Design".


Oliver Claas

successfully defended his thesis on "Essays on Wage Bargaining in Dynamic Macroeconomics".


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 ExSIDE 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.