Structure of the Program

BiGSEM offers outstanding and highly-motivated graduates a doctoral Program in Economics and Management which ensures a comprehensive education in both fields. The faculty's existing achievements in the education of graduate students are complemented and enhanced in an optimal way by this comprehensive doctoral program. The graduate school meets the desire of science and society to assure the international competitiveness of European universities.

The BiGSEM doctoral program is designed for three years of study and involves mandatory coursework, participation in doctoral and research seminars as well as the preparation of a doctoral thesis. Please see the detailed curriculum for further information.

Courses and Seminars

The members of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics and the Center for Mathematical Economics offer courses and seminars for the graduate students at BiGSEM. After consultation with their adviser, students may also attend the regular lectures of the faculty or be assigned special reading courses when necessary. Internationally renowned scientists visit Bielefeld on a regular basis for a few days, some weeks, or even several months and teach a mini course, a sequence of six lectures or a full semester of lectures in their area of expertise at BiGSEM. The latest results in cutting-edge research areas and up-to-date scientific approaches are presented in the school's weekly research seminar by leading scholars of their fields. Both the numerous visiting scholars and the experienced members of the faculty assure a comprehensive scientific education of BiGSEM's students.

Mini Courses

BiGSEM offers its graduate students so-called mini courses taught by visiting scientists from international, high-ranking universities. The invited guest lecturers cover topics in their respective areas of specialization. Dependent on the prior experience of the graduate students, a general survey or a more advanced treatment of a specific subject is presented. A complete list of mini courses can be found here.


All required courses and seminars are taught in English. Students are urged to study German for working purposes. Introductory German courses are offered by BiGSEM in cooperation with the other graduate schools at Bielefeld University. For more information please visit  PunktUm.



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.