Winter 2016/17

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




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


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


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

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

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 successfully defended his thesis on "Essays on Teamwork".


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


ExSIDE Second Network-Wide Training Event took

The Innovative Training Network ‘Expectations and Social Influence Dynamics in Economics’ (ExSIDE) Second Network-Wide Training Event took place in March at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris. Our doctoral studens participate at these training event R. Terranova, M. Nanumyan, E. Damdinsuren, S. Reissl, F. Li, T.S. Pham

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.