The three-year doctoral program consists of 180 ECTS, each year 60 ECTS. Students obtain ECTS for successfully passed Field Courses, Mini Courses (intensive one-week lectures with a workload of half a Field Course), the BiGSEM Colloquium, the Research Seminar and their research work for the dissertation. In addition, ECTS are assigned to Electives. In the BiGSEM Colloquium students present their own work or discuss relevant papers at least once a year, whereas in the Research Seminar talks are mainly held by outside speakers. Students are required to attend both seminars during the semester. Participation in language courses, presentations at (international) conferences, internships or participation in reading courses are some of the options to obtain Elective Credits. Work performed at the partner universities is fully accredited within BiGSEM.

Students choose one of two profiles:

It is possible to switch between profiles during the program, given that the corresponding required courses have been completed.

The Economics profile presupposes above-average knowledge in the subjects microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, largely corresponding in content and scope to the first-year courses of the Master study course Quantitative Economics at Bielefeld University.

The Management profile expects above-average knowledge in those branches of business administration corresponding in content and scope to the “Advanced Business Studies“ profile in the Master program Business Administration & Economics.

In case, students do not fulfill these prerequisites, it is required to successfully complete
the respective courses prescribed for the Master program Quantitative Economics or
Business Administration and Economics.

In the first year, students are introduced by lectures on different fields in economics and management regarding the current state of research. In the profile Economics students choose a field of specialization and take at least two Field Courses within this field. In addition, it is recommended that the dissertation is in this area. Offered fields of specialization are: Computational Economics, Dynamic Macroeconomics, Financial Markets, Game Theory and Mechanism Design, Industrial Economics, Public Economics, Statistics and Econometrics.

During the second and third year, students concentrate on writing their dissertation. Students participate in the BiGSEM Colloquium and in the Research Seminar each semester as well as in workshops together with researchers from the international partners.

The work on the doctoral thesis is supervised by two faculty members, where in case of a co-tutelle de these one of the two supervisors is member of a partner university. After the submission of the thesis a defense is required to complete the doctoral degree. If the dissertation project was carried out in cooperation with a partner university a joint defense is organized at one of the two universities in accordance with regulations of both partners. For all BiGSEM students the doctoral regulations of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics apply.

The doctoral regulations of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics apply for all participants.


Call for Papers

13th BiGSEM Doctoral Workshop on Economic Theory

Bielefeld University, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF)

December 10-11, 2018

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 15, 2018





Zainab Iftikhar

successfully defended her thesis on "Essays on the Effect of Migration and Demographic Factors on Labor Markets and Human Capital Accumulation". Congratulations!

Continuous-Time Dynamic Programming, HJB equations, Viscosity Solutions and their use in Economics and Finance

Fausto Gozzi from Università LUISS in Rom is going to hold a Mini Course  from May 2 to May 8. For further information please click here.

Kerstin Hötte

Congratulations! Kerstin Hötte successfully applied for funding for her "Cotutelle de thèse" from the DFH.

Zainab Iftikhar will defend her thesis.

EDEEM student, Zainab Iftikhar, will defend her doctoral thesis. It will take place on Wednesday April 25 at 2 pm at Université Catholique de Louvain.

Social Networks, Referrals and Neighborhood Effects in Frictional Labour Markets

Anna Zaharieva (Bielefeld University), Michael Neugart (Univeristy of Darmstadt) and Michele Battisti (CESifo, Munich) are organising a workshop "Social Networks, Referrals and Neighborhood Effects in Frictional Labour Markets" on the 16th of April at the ZIF.

Successful ExSIDE Second Network-Wide Training Event

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

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.