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Job Market Candidates

The following students are currently finishing their dissertations and on the job market. Please check back regularly for updates. If you would like to obtain further information about these or other students who are close to completion of their dissertation, please do not hesitate to contact Helge Braun, PhD, the job-market coordinator of RGS Econ.

Marius Bickmann

Technische Universität Dortmund
Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Applied Economics
D-44221 Dortmund

Tel. +49 231 755-3151
Fax +49 231 755-5404


Marius Bickmann’s research interest lies in the field of quantitative macroeconomics. In his dissertation he uses Overlapping Generations Models to study the macroeconomic effects of migration and demographic change. His job market paper analyzes endogenous migration flows between European countries along the demographic transition. His supervisor is Prof. Dr. Ludger Linnemann.

Main fields of interest: Quantitative Macroeconomics, Demographic Economics, Migration

Marcel Henkel

Dr. Marcel Henkel

Lotharstraße 65
Mercator School of Management
Chair of Economics
University Duisburg-Essen
D-47057 Duisburg

+49 203 379-3940


Marcel Henkel's main field of interest is international trade and economic geography. In his job market paper he analyzes the role of urbanization in the development of wage inequality. Marcel Henkel joined the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics and the University Duisburg-Essen in October 2012. His supervisors are Prof. Dr. Tobias Seidel and Prof. Dr. Jens Südekum.

Areas of expertise: International Trade, Economic Geography, Applied Econometrics

Marcel Henkel is interested in academic and private positions.

Jan Prueser

Jan Prüser

Mercator Scholarship

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics
c/o RWI
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
45128 Essen
Tel. +49 201 8149-503
Fax +49 201 8149-500


Jan Prüser joined the RGS in Economics in October 2015. He obtained his Master in Economics from the University of Duisburg-Essen with a focus on econometrics and spent a semester at the Norwegian School of Economics. In his master thesis he compared different approches to select the amount of shrinkage in Bayesian VARs and applies these to investigate the relationship between house prices and interest rates for German data. He has worked as a student teaching assistant for statistics I and II and for business cycle diagnosis and forecasting. He interned at the RWI and the Deutsche Bundesbank.

Main fields of interest: Econometrics, Financial Economics, Macroeconomics

Dr. Matthias Westphal

Universität Paderborn
Statistik und Quantitative Methoden der Empirischen Wirtschaftsforschung
Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn

Tel. +49 5251 60-2120


Matthias Westphal studied economics at the University of Münster and the University of Duisburg-Essen and joined the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics in October 2013. In February 2018, he received his PhD with the thesis entitled “Individual Consequences and Public Challenges of Social Change – Six Empirical Essays in Health Economics and Economics of Education”. In this thesis, he applied cutting-edge microeconometric identification techniques to answer highly policy relevant questions. For instance, in one of his papers, he uncovered the side effects of the educational expansion on the labor market of teachers. So far, he published three papers of his dissertation in the Journal of Health Economics and the Journal of the European Economics Association.