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Core Courses: Winter Term 2019/2020

  • Preliminary Math Course: T. Massing,
    Oct. 1,2,4,8 and 9th, 10:00-15:00
    RGS Econ

  • Lecture Core Microeconomics I  E. Kovac, 
    Fridays, 09:30-13:30; RGS Econ.
    Start: October 25th (every two weeks until 31.01.2020).
  • Section Core Microeconomics I   K. Dev Choudhury and M. Müller,
    Thursdays, 10:00-12:00; RGS Econ. 
    Start: October 31st, 2019
  • Lecture Core Econometrics I P. Navas-Alban,
    Mondays 10:00-12:00, UDE Campus Essen, Room:R12 R05 A79 (building R12,Universitätsstraße 2, 45141 Essen)
    Start: Oct 14th, 2019
  • Section Core Econometrics I   S. Hetzenecker,
    Mondays 12:00-14:00, UDE Campus Essen, Room: R12 R05 A79
    Start: Oct 14th, 2019

  • Lecture and Section Core Macroeconomics I P. Jung
    Tuesdays, 9:00 - 12:00 and 14:00-16:00
    RUB, GD 02/218 (RUB campus map)
    Start: October 15th, 2019


Field Courses (Electives): Winter Term 2019/20

The following list is continuously updated an will be finalized by the middle of September.

Note: There is no need to register your planned elective-participation with RGS Econ. Some courses may require registration with the lecturer, however. Please check the course information given below. In any case, please notify the lecturer at the beginning of the course that you are taking the course as a doctoral student and as an RGS Elective. To credit the course with RGS Econ, please ask the lecturer to send an email to, verifying your successful completion.


  • Experimental Economics (project seminar, Prof. Jeanette Brosig-Koch)
    Mondays, UDE Campus Essen, Start: October 14th. Syllabus 

    The seminar is intended to help the participants develop hands-on experience in designing and conducting economic experiments and analyzing the data. In particular, participants will de-sign and conduct an experiment of their own to address a research question of their choice. The seminar is organized around the four basic steps of an experimental study: theory and hypothesis development, experimental design (including instructions), experiment (including software, recruitment, pilot study), and data analysis and conclusions.
  • Economics of Innovation (Prof. J. Robledo) 
    Lecture Tue 16-20h & Tutorial Wed 10-12h & Seminar Block Fri 
    17.01.2020 & Sat 18.01.2020
    Location Lecture: RUB GD 03/158
    Location Tutorial: RUB GD 04/620
    Starting date: 08.10.2019
    Registration information: will be explained in first lecture
    Short description:
  • Seminare Zeitreihenökonometrie (C. Jentsch)
    TU Dortmund

  • Network Analysis (Lena Reichmann)
    TU Dortmund
    course page 
    In recent years there has been an increasing interest in the modelling 
    and statistical analysis of network data. This has been motivated by a
    broad range of applications including social sciences and economics.
    This course will cover an introduction to (stochastic) networks and 
    provides a broad overview of related concepts. Topics covered include
    methods to measure networks, tools to analyze and to extract 
    information from networks, fundamentals of (random) graph theory as 
    well as modelling approaches for stochastic networks. The methods will
    be illustrated using the statistical software R.

  • Julia Course (Tanvir Hossain)
    TU Dortmund, March 16-20, 2020, Room and time tba
    1. Intro to Julia (Data types, Basic operations, Types, Functions,
    Methods, Control flow, Tasks, Loops, Arrays, Comprehension and Data
    2. Specialities in Julia (More on Types, Metaprogramming, Multiple Dispatch,
    Parallel programming)
    3. Statistical Examples, e.g. bootstrapping

  • Advanced R (Andreas Gerber)
  • UDE-Campus Essen
    Mondays, 14:00 - 18:00 in R12 R06 A84
    Course Page
  • Multiple Time Series Analysis (Dr. Yannick Hoga)
    UDE-Campus Essen
    Wednesdays, 12:00 - 16:00 in R12 R06 A52
    Start: October 16th
    Content: Stationary and non stationary VARs, Granger causality, impulse response analysis, decomposition, applications in R

  • Bayesian Econometrics (Prof. Christoph Hanck)
    UDE-Campus Essen.
    Oct 1st-Oct. 12th, 10:00 - 16:00 in S05 T02 B16
    Course page: lecture and section

  • Topics in Microeconomics II (Prof. Eugen Kovac)
    UDE MSM (Campus Duisburg)
    Seminar Dates: tba
    Please register directly via email with eugen (dot) kovac (at) until September 15th.
    We will present and discuss some important papers on a selected topic in microeconomic theory. Each participant will present one paper per semester. The exact topic will be determined based on participants interests. The papers will be some seminal papers in the relevant field or papers that make significant methodological contributions.


  • Spieltheorie II: Ökonomische Verhandlungstheorie (in German, Dr. Michael Kramm)
    TU Dortmund
    Tuesdays., 16.00-18.00, M/SR 12, Start: October 15,2019

    „Bargaining“ oder „Verhandlungstheorie“ berührt die Analyse eines (mikro-) ökonomischen Grundproblems: Agenten können durch Kooperation einen „Zugewinn“ (surplus) erwirtschaften - doch werden sie erst zur Kooperation bereit sein, wenn sie sich zuvor auf die Aufteilung des Kooperationsgewinnes geeinigt haben. Sie haben also gleichgerichtete (vorteilhafte Kooperation) und gegenläufige Interessen (Aufteilung des Zugewinns) zugleich.

    Jedem Tausch- oder Produktionsvorgang mit mindestens zwei Faktoren liegt dieses Interessenmuster zugrunde. Die Vorlesung bietet einen Überblick über Behandlung und Lösung dieses klassischen Problems auf der Grundlage sowohl kooperativer als auch nicht-kooperativer Spieltheorie mit konkreten Anwendungen (z.B. auf Lohnverhandlungen oder Machtverteilung bei Koalitionsverhandlungen).

    Ziel dieser Veranstaltung ist es, die Studierenden mit den entsprechenden Methoden und Konzepten axiomatischer Theorie (kooperative Lösungskonzepte und Nash-Verhandlungslösung) sowie strategischer Theorie (Nash-Programm, Rubinstein-Spiel) vertraut zu machen, um so das Verständnis auch aktueller Forschungsbeiträge in diesem Bereich zu ermöglichen.

    Vorlesungsbegleitend werden ein Skript, Foliensätze sowie ausgewählte Originalliteratur im EWS-System zur Verfügung gestellt. Der Stoff wird anhand von Tutorien vertieft, die auch der Klausurvorbereitung dienen.

    Die Vorlesung ist Bestandteil des Wahlpflichtmoduls "Economics: Mikroökonomie IlI" im Master.

Cores Courses: Summer Term 2019

  • Lecture Core Microeconomics II  W. Leininger, L. Metzger; Mondays 10:30-12:00; TU Dortmund M811; Start: April 8th.
  • Section Core Microeconomics II   M. Kramm  Tuesdays 10:00-12:00, RGS Econ, Start: April 9th. 
  • Lecture Core Econometrics II     M. Paul, Thursdays 14:00-15:30; UDE-MSM; LC 134, Start: April 11th - May 16th; June 7th - July 11th.
  • Section Core Econometrics II      F. Dehos, Tuesdays, 16:00 - 18:00, RGS Econ; Start: April 30th.
  • Lecture & Section Core Macroeconomics II  L. Linnemann; Mondays 14:00-18:00, TU Dortmund, Room: M134; Start:  Monday, April 1st.
  • Literature Seminar,  tba


Field Courses (Electives): Summer Term 2019


  • Topics in Microeconomic Theory (Kovac)
    Seminar: Dates tba
    Please register diretly via email with eugen (dot) kovac (at) until April 10th. 
    We will present and discuss some important papers in microeconomic
    theory. Each participant will present one paper per semester. The
    papers should be some seminal papers in the relevant field or papers
    that make significant methodological contributions. If you have some
    paper on your "to read" list but did not dare to read it yet, that
    would be a good place.

  • Structural Change and Global Value Chains (Saam/Liu)
    Lecture, Tuesday 10:15-11:45, starting 02.04.2019
    Tutorial, Thursday 14:15-15:45 , starting 04.04.2019
    In the process of economic growth, the structure of an economy changes drastically. Usually, manufacturing first becomes more important than agriculture and eventually both activities are taken over by services. At the same time, the relation between industries, or, in other words, the value chains of production change. This evolution has both a domestic and an international dimension. Is value creation in high-tech products moving more and more to emerging economies? Will manufacturing move back to advanced countries with progress in automation? At which stages of the product value chains do productivity increases occur? These and other policy-relevant questions can be discussed based on recent articles from scientific journals. The lecture introduces to main recent macroeconomic models and empirical approaches to understand the mechanisms governing structural change and value chains. In the tutorial exercises will serve to practice the use of theoretical approaches and to support own literature study.

  • Econometric Evaluation of Economic Policies (Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer)
    Fridays, 13:30–15:30
    RWI-Essen, E-Werk
    First Lecture: 05.04., no Lecture: 12.04., 19.04., 31.05., 07.06. and 14.06.
    Additional information is proved on the homepage.
    Registration: Students must register in the moodle course until March 24th
    After this date there will be random assignment if the maximum number of students is exceeded (which usually does not happen). If this date is too early (due to the short registration period),  please send an email to no later than April 5th.
  • Empirical Seminar on Economic Policy (Prof. Dr. Kornelius Kraft)
    Discussion of Structure: April, 11 2019
    Submission of paper:
    May 23, 2019 (and May 24, 2019 if applicable)
    June, 21 2019 (12:00 pm)

    The empirical seminar is dedicated to the understanding and practical application of empirical methods in the context of economic questions and issues. In particular, students should write an empirical term paper using econometric methods. In order to do so, extensive and representative data sources are made available, however, students also can provide own ideas, topics and data. Furthermore, the participants of the seminar are actively supported during their process of estimation and writing.
    More information
  • Fortgeschrittene Ökonometrie - Statistical Learning (Dr. Thomas Deckers)
    UDE Essen, R12 R06 A48
    Lecture: 13.05, 27.05 und 17.06 10:00-16:00
    Tutorial: 14.05, 21.05, 28.05, 04.06, 18.06, 25.06; 10:00-14:00.

  • Causality and Programme Evaluation (M. Karlsson and N. Bannenberg)
    UDE-ESSEN; Raum A-114 (Altendorferstraße 5-9, Eingang 2);
    Lecture: Mondays, 10:00-12:00
    Tutorial: Wednesdays, 10:00-16:00
    Start date: tba
    The  course  is  intended  to  be  a  Master/Ph.D.  level  course  in  causal  inference and program evaluation methodology.  The focus will lie on using the potential outcomes framework for causal analysis as a general concept, and examine identification and estimation of treatment effects under different assumptions.  The aim  of  the  course  is  to  familiarize  students  with  standard  methods  currently used  in  empirical  economics  to  answer  causal  questions.   Students  willing  to write an applied master thesis at the chair of health economics are encouraged to participate in the course as it will provide them with a solid foundation for further empirical work.

  • Empirical Research in Labor Economics (Seminar) (Prof. Dr. Marie Paul)
    27.06.2019 and 28.06.2019 all day; LC016
    Registration required until April 12th under marie.paul (at)
    In this course you will do your own empirical research project in labor economics. You will read scientific papers related to your question, write down a short research proposal, prepare the data, implement the econometrics analysis, and interpret the results. You will write a short term paper on your project and present it in class. We will support you all along the way. This course provides an excellent chance to get prepared for an empirical master thesis or dissertation.

  • Auction Theory (Prof. Dr. Lars Metzger)
    Monday 12-2pm, Dortmund M811,
    First session April 8th. For more information, see the Syllabus

Cores Courses: Winter Term 2018/19

  • Preliminary Math Course M. Kramm, daily 10:00 - 15:00, RGS Econ, October 1st-12th.
  • Lecture Core Microeconomics I  E. Amann; Wednesdays 10:00-12:00; RGS Econ; Start: Wednesday, October 17th
  • Section Core Microeconomics I   K. Dev Choudhury  Mondays 14:00-15:30, UDE, Campus Essen, S06 S00 A26, Start: Monday, October 22nd 
  • Lecture Core Econometrics I     P. Navas-Alban, Wednesdays 13:00-15:00; RGS Econ; Start: Wednesday, October 17th
  • Section Core Econometrics I      S. Hetzenecker, Monday, 10:30-12:00, RGS Econ; Start: Monday, October 15th.
  • Lecture & Section Core Macroeconomics I  P. Jung; Tuesdays 08:30-14:00, TU Dortmund, Mathetower, M134; Start:  Tuesday, October 16th.
  • Rotating Lectures,  tba

Field Courses (Electives): Winter Term 2018/19


  • The Productivity Slowdown Prof. Marianne Saam, RUB
    please check the moodle offering of Prof. Saam for updates and registration. 

  • Behavioral Economics, Prof. Lilia Zhurakhovska
    Wednesdays 10:00 - 12:00, UDE, Campus Duisburg, LB 335
    Start: 17.10.2018, End: 30.01.2019
    Exam: a few days after the end of the course
    course page

  • Bayesian Econometrics, Prof. Christoph Hanck
    course page Lecture

    course page TA Session

  • Economics of Migration, Prof. Thomas Bauer
    course page

  • Seminar "Bounded Rationality and Industrial Organization", Prof. Wolfgang Leininger, Dr. Markus Fels
    The basic seminar text is the book by Ran Spiegler: "Bounded Rationality and Industrial Organization". Anyone interested should contact Dr. Markus Fels ( , Tel. 0231-755 3246) for further details and the seminar requirements

  • Complexity economics and agent-based modeling, Prof. Michael Roos
    course page
    RGS students can now subscribe in the moodle-course. Please use the UA-Ruhr link if you are not enrolled at Bochum University.
    Anyone interested should also contact Prof. Michael Roos ( ) or Tom Bauermann ( ) for further details and the course requirements.

  • Empirical Seminar on Economic Policy, Prof. Kornelius Kraft
    course page
    Interested RGS students should contact Prof. Kornelius Kraft very soon, since the first meeting will be held at October 22nd!

  • Economics of Innovation, Prof. J. Robledo and K. Music
    Time: Lecture Tue 16-20h & Tutorial Wed 10-12h
    Place: RUB GC 02/120
    Starting date: 09.10.2018
    Registration information: will be explained in first lecture
    Short description:

  • Behavioral Insurance, Dr. Markus Fels
    Course Outline
    For registration, please contact Markus Fels ( , Tel. 0231-755 3246)

  • Bargaining Theory,  Dr. Julia Belau-Garmann
    Course Outline
    Corresponds to Spieltheorie 2: Ökonomische Verhandlungstheorien, and will be held in German. For further details, please contact Dr. Julia Belau-Garmann.
  • Economics of Information, Prof. Lars Metzger
    Course Outline
    The Course is based on Màs-Colell, Whinston and Green, Microeconomic Theory (1995), Chapters 13 & 14.

Cores Courses: Summer Term 2018

  •  Lecture Core Microeconomics II  W. Leininger and L. Metzger; Mondays 10:30-12:00; TU Dortmund; start: Monday, April 16th. Room: Mathetower, M811
  • Section Core Microeconomics II   K. Dev Choudhury and N. Jouchaghani, Tuesdays 10:00-12:00, RGS Econ, Start: Tuesday, April 24th; 
  • Lecture Core Econometrics II     D. Avdic, Fridays 10:00-12:00; RGS Econ; Start: Friday, April 13th
  • Section Core Econometrics II      N. Bannenberg, Tuesdays, 12:00-14:00, RGS Econ; Start: Tuesday, April 17th.
  • Lecture & Section Core Macroeconomics II  L. Linnemann; Mondays 14:00-18:00, TU Dortmund, Mathetower, M134; Start:  Monday, April 19th.
  • Literature Seminar, J. Beckmann, tba

Field Courses (Electives): Summer Term 2018

  • Macroeconomics and Sustainability syllabus
    Prof. M. Roos
    Fridays, 08:00 - 12:00, GC 03/46 RUB (see syllabus for dates)
    Start: April 13th
    please contact Professor Roos if you are interested in the course.

  • Auctions: Theory, Applications, and Experimental Evidece syllabus
    Prof. L. Metzger
    Mondays 12:00-14:00, M811 Mathetower, TU Dortmund
    Start: April 16th

  • Statistical Learning (Fortgeschrittene Ökonometrie),
    N. Reckmann
    Lecture: Room R12 R06 A48  UDE, Campus Essen; 25.04.2018; 16.05.2018; 06.06.2018, from 10:00 to 18:00.
    Section: Room R12 R06 A48 UDE, Campus Essen; 09.05.2018; 23.05.2018; 30.05.2018; 20.06.2018; 27.06.2018; 04.07.2018; from 10:00 to 14:00.

    Students acquire knowledge of Data Mining techniques, apply  them with the software Computersoftware R (Please bring your onw laptop). Assessment is in the form of an applied project (group work) and presentation.
  • Recent developments in econometrics (Neuere Entwicklungen der Ökonometrie) 
    P. Navas-Alban
    Lecture: Monday, 10:00 -12:00; Room R12 R06 A52, UDE Campus Essen, Start: April 9th.
    Section: Monday, 14:00 - 16:00; Room: tba.

    Asymptotics: Review of modes of convergence; Weak, Strong, general Law of Large Numbers, Law of Iterated Logarithm; Ergodic Theorem, Delta Method; Central Limit Theorems, regular and functional Transformations: variance stabilization and symmetrization

    Empirical Processes: Weak convergence, outer integrals, measurability; Maximal inequalities, covering numbers; Symmetrization; Donsker Theorem, Vapnik Cervonenkis classes, invariance principle; Hadamard differentiability; Bootstrap, Delta method for the bootstrap; Semiparametric methods

    Nonparametric Econometrics: Univariate density estimation; Inference about the density; Nonparametric regression; Regression with discrete covariates; Uniform Central Limit Theorems for Nonparametric Statistics

    DasGupta, A. (2008). Asymptotic Theory of Statistics and Probability, Springer
    Kosorok, M. (2008). Introduction to Empirical Processes and Semiparametric Inference, Springer

  • Topics in International Economics
    Prof. T. Seidel
    May 18th and May 25th, 10:00-16:00 LC133, Duisburg (blocked course)
    Register with

  • Econometric Evaluation of Economic Policies 
    Prof. T. Bauer
    Fridays, 13:30 - 15:30, RWI; Start: April 13th

  • Microeconometrics
    Prof. T. Bauer
    Lecture: Wednesday, 2pm–6pm, GC 02/130, RUB
    Tutorial: Monday, 2pm–6pm, GBCF 04/252, RUB
    Register via email until April 04, 2018.

  • Causality and Programme Evaluation
    Prof. M. Karlsson
    Lectures: Monday 10-12 a.m. Altendorfer Strasse A-001, Essen; Start: April 9th
    Exercises: Wednesday 2-4 p.m. Altendorfer Strasse A-114, Essen; start April 25
    course flyer

  • Experimental Economics and Market Design
    Prof. J. Brosig-Koch
    Lecture: Tuesdays  08.00 -10.00, S06 S01 B06, Campus Essen
    Exercises: Thursdays 14:00-16:00, S06 S00 B08, Campus Essen
  • Empirical Research in Labor Economics
    Prof. M. Paul
    Register until 23.04.2018!
    Details here

  • Portfolio Management
    Prof. F. Ziel
    course description
    Tue 12:15-13:45 WST-A.12.04 + Wed 8:30-10:00 WST-A.12.04
    starting 10th April

  • Econometrics of Electricity Markets
    Prof. F. Ziel
    course description
    Mon 10:15-11:45 WST-A.12.04 + Tue 8:30-10:00 WST-A.12.04
    starting 9th April

Cores Courses: Winter Term 2017/18

  • Mathematics for Advanced Economics, Michael Kramm, 4.10-7.10 and 10.10-12.10, 10:00 - 15:40, incl. a one-hour lunch break. RGS Econ, An oral exam solely for your information will follow the course
  • Lecture Core Microeconomics I  E.Kovac; Fridays 10:30-15:30; RGS Econ; start: Friday, Oct. 20th. every second week
  • Section Core Microeconomics I   F. Blönnigen, Wednesdays 10:00-12:00, RGS Econ, Start: Wednesday, Oct. 25th; not on Dec. 20th.
  • Lecture Core Econometrics I     C. Hanck, Mondays 10:00-12:00; RGS Econ; Start: Monday, Oct. 16th; not on Oct. 30th.
  • Section Core Econometrics I      P. Navas-Alban, Mondays 14:00-16:00, RGS Econ; Start: Monday, Oct. 16th.
  • Lecture & Section Core Macroeconomics I  P. Jung and J. Wergula; Tuesdays 08:30-14:00, TU Dortmund, Mathetower, M134; Start: Tuesday Oct. 17th.

Field Courses (Electives): Winter Term 2017/18


  • Statistical Modelling of Extremes (Fortgeschrittene Ökonometrie), Y. Hoga, Mondays 12:15-13:45, R12 R06 A93, UDE, Campus Essen; start: Oct. 9th. 2017.
    Extreme value theory concerns mathematical modelling of random extreme events. Recent development has introduced mathematical models for extreme values and statistical methods for them. Extreme values are of interest in, e.g., economics, safety and reliability, insurance mathematics, hydrology, meteorology, environmental sciences, and oceanography. The theory is used, e.g., for flood monitoring, construction of oil rigs, and calculation of insurance premiums for re-insurance of storm damage. While extreme values can have dire consequences, the experience of really extreme events is always very limited. Thus, extreme value statistics is often forced to extrapolate beyond the range of observations. The course will present the fundamental statistical methods for univariate and multivariate extremes, discuss examples of applications, e.g., regarding floods or human life expectancy, provide practical use of the models, and point to some open problems.

  • Experimental Economics (Project Seminar), J. Brosig-Koch, First meeting: October 9th, 2017, 4.00p.m., Essen, Weststadttürme (Berliner Platz 6-8), Room B.08.02; Syllabus

  • Bargaining Theory, J. Belau, in German. First Meeting: October 10th, 2017, Tuesdays, 4 -6:00 pm. TU Dortmund M 127. Participating doctoral students must submit a research proposal (5 pages) at the end of the course, subsituting for the exam. More Information.

  • Financial Mathematics, R. Kiesel, start date: October 18th, 2017; Wednesdays, 10am-12  in room  S05 T03 B94, UDE, Campus Essen, More information

  • Financial Econometrics, V. Golosnoy,  Lecture: Tuesdays, 10:00-12:00 (Start Oct. 10th, 2017); Exercise Session: Tuesdays, 8:00 - 10:00 (Start Oct. 17th, .2017), both in Room HGC 50 (RUB). Syllabus

  • Economics of Migration, Prof. T. Bauer, Seminar (en block). October 17 th  and 18th 2:00-6:00 pm in GC 02/130 (RUB) and Jan 31st – Feb 2nd @ RWI. Syllabus and registration

  • Econometric Evaluation of Economic Policies, Prof. T. Bauer, Fridays 2:00-4:00pm @ RWI, Start: 13.10.2017 Syllabus and registration

  • Topics in Public Economics, Prof. L. Zhurakhovska, 18.10.2017-22.11.2017, Wednesdays, 1:00 pm -5: 00pm in LB 335   LB, and Friday, Feb 2nd 10:00am - 6:00pm in LC 133   LC  (Campus Dusiburg). The purpose of the course is that students get an understanding for the method “experimental economics” as well as get familiar with experimental approaches to “public economics”. See also the course description from last year.

  • Advanced Econometrics, M. Schumann, Lecture: Tuesday, 10:15-11:45 an Wedensdays 12:15-13:45, both in in M/E21, Tu Dortmund, Start:10.10.2017; Exercises: Wednesdays 16:15-17:45 in CDI 121, Tu Dortmund, Start 18.10.2017. More Information