Oliver Claas, Ph.D. student at BiGSEM/EBIM

"I have studied Mathematical Economics at Bielefeld University and Economics at Purdue University in the United States. Since I enjoyed writing my thesis on a topic in Economic Theory, I knew that I wanted to pursue a Ph. D. in that area after graduation.

 My main reason to apply for the EBIM program was that I appreciated the existing structure of a graduate school similar to those at most American universities such as Purdue, which combines a general economic education with the possibility of specialization in some field of research, and which greatly enhances the opportunities of contact and cooperation among its doctoral students and professors.

Now, after being a member of the International Research Training Group EBIM for several months, I am still favoring this concept and the way it is carried out. Furthermore, I value its international orientation with people from different countries and backgrounds together with the opportunity of a studying abroad experience at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Therefore, I am convinced that EBIM offers a very good program that I really can recommend."

Sonja Brangewitz, Ph.D. student at BiGSEM/EBIM

"Currently I am writing a doctoral thesis in mathematical economics within the International Research Training Group EBIM. In this graduate program I like in particular the idea of a mathematical approach to economics, the active involvement in research and the international exchange which is ensured by the cooperation between Bielefeld University and the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

 The structured study program of EBIM, several internal workshops and mini courses helped me to find open questions to investigate in my doctoral thesis. Moreover, I had and have the possibility to participate and to present at international conferences. The cooperation with the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne gave me the possibility to write my thesis in form of a co-tutelle and to spend my second year in Paris. The long and intensive cooperation between the two universities and the idea of a joint supervision helped me to successfully proceed with the research for my doctoral thesis. Summing up EBIM offers a wide range of opportunities to participate actively in the academic life on an international basis."

Philipp Möhlmeier, Ph.D. student at BiGSEM

"While I was finishing my studies in Mathematical Economics and Business Administration at Bielefeld University, I was looking for an outstanding Ph. D. program in Economic Sciences. From my point of view such a program must provide -- besides an excellent education -- the following opportunities: International orientation, interdisciplinarity and a working environment that strongly supports the academic exchange.

 As the Financial Crisis has shown, economists need to consider further aspects in their models and should be open minded for new techniques to deal with the increasing complexity of real-world economic phenomena. A graduate program like BiGSEM/EBIM promotes the exchange of different disciplines to manage the upcoming challenges in future research. Additionally, the close cooperations with other leading universities in Europe, especially the Université Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne, and the financial support to attend international conferences, should be highlighted. Overall, I would strongly recommend the Ph. D. program of the Bielefeld Graduate School of Economics and Management."



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.