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4th RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics

TU Dortmund University
Internationales Begegnungszentrum (IBZ)

Emil-Figge-Str. 59, 44227 Dortmund
February 21-23, 2011

The Final Conference Program and Session Overview can now be downloaded!

Final Conference Program (PDF)RGS media report and conference photos

Aim and Scope:

The aim of the Conference is to facilitate the exchange and discussion of research results on an international level by bringing together top PhD students and experienced researchers in a professional and social forum. The Conference serves to provide a stimulating environment in which doctoral students from a variety of top universities and research institutions can exchange ideas, establish informal networks and initiate future collaborative research.

Topics of interest:

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

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics
  • Financial Markets
  • International Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Labour and Demographic Economics
  • Population Economics
  • Industrial Organization

Conference Program:

Please note, that the conference and session program can be subject to short-notice changes.

Version: 16.02.2011

Conference Program (PDF)Session Overview (PDF)

Keynote Speakers:

The first keynot speech (in English) will be given by Prof. Daniel S. Hamermesh, University of Texas at Austin

Topic: "How to Publish a Good Paper: I Wish that I Knew"

Time: February 21, 17:00

Location: TU Dortmund University, Internationales Begegnungszentrum (IBZ), Emil-Figge-Str. 59, 44227 Dortmund


The second public speech (in German) will be given by Prof. Dr. Karl Ulrich Mayer, President of the Leibniz Association

Topic: "Mythos Flexibilisierung? Wie instabil sind Berufsbiografien wirklich und als wie instabil werden sie wahrgenommen?"

Time: February 23, 18:00

Location: TU Dortmund University, Internationales Begegnungszentrum (IBZ), Emil-Figge-Str. 59, 44227 Dortmund

Scientific Committee:

  • Prof. Dr. Erwin Amann (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer (Ruhr-University Bochum & RWI)
  • Prof. Dr. Ansgar Belke (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. John P. Haisken-DeNew (Ruhr University of Bochum)
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Roos (Ruhr-University Bochum & RWI)
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Leininger (TU Dortmund University)
  • Prof. Dr. Ludger Linnemann (TU Dortmund University)
  • Prof. Dr. Reinhold Schnabel (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Schabert (TU Dortmund University)
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph M. Schmidt (Ruhr-University Bochum & RWI)
  • Prof. Dr. Jens Südekum (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Thorsten Upmann (University of Duisburg-Essen)

Call for Papers:

Submission deadline ended December 10, 2010.

Please send the following documents in PDF format to :

  • Full papers with JEL classification codes
  • Electronic version of your CV including contact information

Decisions will be taken by the scientific committee and a notification of acceptance will be announced after January 15, 2011.

Call for papers (PDF)


The International Center (Internationales Begegnungszentrum, IBZ) and train station (S-Bahn) are marked in the map.

TU Dortmund University Map (PDF)

Guideline for Paper Presentation:

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

Room Equipment:

Each room is equipped with a computer and beamer. Please bring your presentation file on a USB memory stick. We strongly recommend choosing a PDF format as file format. Otherwise it may be possible that the software cannot display all fonts correctly.


Sessions last 1,5 hours for 3 presenters, i.e. 30 minutes for each paper. All presenters should arrive well in advance to make sure that no technical problems occur. Each presenter has 20 minutes for presentation, followed by a 5 minutes presentation of the discussant and another 5 minutes for general discussion. Please respect the time limit for presenting your paper and for the discussion. The chairs are advised to enforce the time constraints.

Session Chair:

A professor from the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics will chair the session. The chair welcomes and introduces the participants, moderates the open discussion and supervises that time constraints are met. If the session's chair is absent, the last presenter listed should take the role of the chair.


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.

Conference Sponsor:

Stiftung Mercator