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11th RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics

Universität Duisburg-Essen
Universitätsstraße 2
45141 Essen
February 21-22, 2018

Aim and Scope:

The aim of this annual, refereed conference is to provide a professional, stimulating, and international environment in which around 60 top PhD students can discuss their research results and ideas, establish informal networks, and initiate future collaborative research. The conference also connects early career with experienced researchers, including RGS Econ's more than 35 faculty members from the universities of Dortmund, Duisburg-Essen, and Bochum, as well as the RWI, one of Germany's leading economic research institutes.

The conference will feature a keynote speech, conference dinner and other social events. More information will follow soon, here on this page. For more information on the aim ans scope of the conference can also access the conference program and session overview of last year's "10th RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics", which took place at TU Dortmund University and had a special focus on Europe's current economic challenges.

Both empirical and theoretical papers will be considered. The range of topics covers all research areas in Economics including:

     Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics
     Microeconomic Theory, Behavioral and Experimental Economics
     Econometrics and Applied Econometrics
     Labor Economics
     Health Economics
     Public Economics
     Economics of Migration
     Financial Markets
     Industrial Organization
     International Economics
     Urban, Real-Estate, and Regional Economics

The best paper to be submitted and presented at the conference will be awarded a prize of EUR 500.

There is no registration or participation fee.

Call for Papers:

Submission deadline is December 10, 2017.

To submit, please send the following documents in PDF format to :

  • Full paper, including abstract and JEL classification codes, in the format [lastname_firstname_paper.pdf]
  • CV including contact information, in the format [lastname_firstname_cv.pdf]

Acceptance decisions will be made by the scientific committee and notifications of acceptance will be announced on January 11, 2018.

There is no participation fee. Presenters have to cover their travel and accomodation expenses.

Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Erwin Amann
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Daniel Avdic
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Timo Baas
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas K. Bauer
  • Dr. Joscha Beckmann
  • Prof. Dr. Ansgar Belke
  • Prof. Dr. Jeanette Brosig-Koch
  • Prof. Dr. Volker Clausen
  • Prof. Dr. Manuel Frondel
  • Prof. Dr. Vasyl Golosnoy
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Hanck
  • Prof. Dr. Christiane Hellmanzik
  • Dr. Yannick Hoga
  • Prof. Dr. Philip Jung
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nadja Kairies-Schwarz
  • Prof. Martin Karlsson, Ph.D
  • Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Kiesel
  • Prof. Dr. Eugen Kovac
  • Prof. Dr. Kornelius Kraft
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Leininger
  • Prof. Dr. Ludger Linnemann
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sanne Kruse-Becher
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lars Metzger
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Marie Paul
  • Prof Dr. Peter N. Posch
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfram Richter
  • Prof. Dr. Nadine Riedel
  • Prof. Dr. Julio Robledo
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Roos
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph M. Schmidt
  • Prof. Dr. Reinhold Schnabel
  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Seidel
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Michael Stein
  • Prof. Dr. Colin Vance
  • Prof. Dr. Ansgar Wübker
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lilia Zhurakhovska
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Florian Ziel


Arriving by train:
From the main train station in Essen (Essen Hbf), you can take the subway U11 towards "Gelsenkirchen Buerer Str". You will need to leave the tram at the station "Universität Essen". From here it is a 10 minute walk to the conference location.

Arriving by car:
Leave the highway A40 at the exit "Essen Zentrum", from here just follow the signs saying "Universität".

Location on campus:
The conference will take place at the "Glaspavillon" of the University of Duisburg-Essen at the campus in Essen.



Here you can find some hotels in Essen, located near the campus and conference location.

City Hotel
Viehofer Platz 5
45127 Essen

- about 70€ (breakfast included)
- 5 minute walk from conference venue

Motel One
Kennedyplatz 3
45127 Essen

- about 70€ (breakfast not included)
- 10 minute walk from conference venue

Ibis am Hauptbahnhof
Hollestr. 50
45127 Essen

- about 60€ (breakfast not included)
- 5 minute by subway to conference venue

Centro-Hotel Korn
Hoffnungstr. 19
45127 Essen

- about 70€ (breakfast included)
- 15 minute walk to conference venue

Welcome Hotel
Schützenbahn 58
45127 Essen

- about 85€ (breakfast not included)
- 15 minute walk to conference venue

Guideline for Paper Presentation:

Please familiarise yourself with the presentation guidelines and adhere to the instructions during the conference.

Room Equipment:

Each room is equipped with a computer and beamer (projector). Please bring your presentation file on a USB memory stick. We strongly recommend choosing the PDF file format; otherwise it may not be possible for the software to display all fonts correctly.


Each Session lasts for 1 and a half hours for 3 presenters, i.e. 30 minutes for each paper. All presenters should arrive well in advance to ensure that no technical problems occur. Each presenter has 20 minutes for presentation, followed by a 5 minute presentation by the discussant and another 5 minutes for general discussion. Please respect the time limit both when presenting your paper and during the discussion. The chairs are advised to enforce the given time constraints.

Session Chair:

A professor from the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics will chair each session. The chair welcomes and introduces the participants, moderates the open discussion and ensures that time constraints are met.


Every presenter is assigned to be the discussant of the previous paper in the same session. Accordingly, the second speaker is discussant of the first paper, the third speaker is discussant of the second paper and the first speaker is discussant of the last paper.


Ruhr Graduate School in Economics
Helge Braun, PhD
Hohenzollernstraße 1-3
45128 Essen

Tel.: +49 (0)201 8149 512
Fax.: +49 (0)201 8149 200