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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@tu-dortmund.de

Marius Bickmann studied economics at the University of Cologne and the Stockholm School of Economics. During his studies, he focused on macroeconomics, labor economics and finance. His master thesis dealt with the question of whether low micro estimates of the labor supply elasticity can be reconciled with the high macro elasticites often used in aggregate models to explain cross-country differences in hours worked. In addition to his studies, he interned at the German Council of Science and Humanities, the RWE AG and at the department of Forecasting and Economic Policy at the DIW Berlin.

Main fields of interest: International Macroeconomics, Labor Economics, Growth

Fabian Dehos

Mercator Scholarship

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics
c/o RWI
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
45128 Essen
Tel. +49 201 8149-518
Fax +49 201 8149-500

Fabian Dehos joined the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics in October 2013. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Konstanz (Germany) after which he continued with an MSc Economics at the University College London (UK). In his master thesis “The question of income disparity between city and countryside– An analysis of the evolution of the urban wage premium in West Germany” (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christian Dustmann) he investigated regional wage discrepancies. In particular, he aimed to analyse whether an urban wage premium exists and how it evolved over the extended time period from 1985 to 2008. During his undergraduate studies he spent two semesters abroad at Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico) and interned for six month in UBS wealth management research (Switzerland).

Main fields of interest: Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics, Economics of Migration

Ulrich Haskamp

Universität Duisburg-Essen, Campus Essen
Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Lehrstuhl für Makroökonomik
Universitätsstr. 12
45117 Essen

Tel. +49 201 183-6512
Fax +49 201 8149-500

Ulrich Haskamp joined the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics in October 2013. He obtained his Bachelor in Economics from the University of Osnabrück. During his studies, he did an exchange semester at the University of Hull, England. Then he moved to the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel for his Master in Economics. In his master's thesis (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Reitz) he examined the time-varying relationship between exchange rates and fundamentals. Furthermore, he was a research assistant for Prof. Westermann Ph.D., Osnabrück, and did an internship at the department “Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys” of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich.

Main fields of interest: Applied Econometrics, Financial Economics, International Economics

Laura M. Janisch

Mercator Scholarship

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics
c/o RWI
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
45128 Essen
Tel. +49 201 8149-511
Fax +49 201 8149-500

Laura Janisch (née Sinn) joined the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics in October 2013. She did her undergraduate studies in 'International Economics' at Tübingen University (Germany) and Lund University (Sweden). In 2012, she obtained her Master’s degree in 'Economics and Institutions' at Marburg University. In her master’s thesis she analyzed how public policies effect fertility decisions (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Evelyn Korn). After her graduation, Laura worked at the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund and at the Human Development Network at the World Bank in Washington D.C.

Main fields of interest: Applied Econometrics, Labor Economics, Economics of Migration, Economic Policy

Michael Simora

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics
c/o RWI
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
45128 Essen
Tel. +49 201 8149-517
Fax +49 201 8149-500

Michael Simora joined the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS Econ) in October 2013. He studied Mathematical Economics at the Technical University of Dortmund focusing on microeconomics, applied economics and stochastics. During his time at RGS Econ he worked as a researcher at the “RWI – Leibniz Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung” (RWI Essen) in the research division “Environment and Resources”. In his thesis (supervisors: Prof. Dr. Manuel Frondel and Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmidt) he investigates individual perception of and response to climate change, in particular the reaction towards financial incentives for climate-friendly behavior and climate change adaptation.

Main fields of interest: Applied Econometrics, Environmental and Climate Change Economics, Energy Economics, Game Theory

Matthias Westphal

Universität Duisburg-Essen, Campus Essen
Chair of Health Economics
Berliner Platz 6-8
45127 Essen
Tel. +49 201-183-2196

Matthias Westphal joined the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics in October 2013. He studied economics at the University of Münster and the University of Duisburg-Essen. Furthermore, he spent a semester abroad at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. During the course of his studies he mainly focused on microeconometrics and statistics. Parallel to his studies he gave tutorials in statistics and worked as a research assistant for the chair of public economics. In his Master Thesis he empirically analyzed the relationship between income and happiness using versatile econometric methods such as quantile regression. Subsequently, he worked for a funded project in order to evaluate the impact of informal care on health in the field of health economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Main fields of interest: Health Economics, Applied Econometrics

Christian Wittrock

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics
c/o RWI
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
45128 Essen
Tel. +49 201 8149-513
Fax +49 201 8149-500

Christian Wittrock joined the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics in Oktober 2013. He studied economics at the University of Muenster (B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Economics) and during a semester abroad at the Nottingham Trent University. In his master’s thesis (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Johannes Becker) he theoretically discussed the existence of asymmetric information and rent-seeking behavior on financial markets and analyzed if a Financial Transaction Tax can curb overinvestment into private information without social benefit. Christian Wittrock worked as a student assistant at the Chair of Political Economy (Prof. Dr.Thomas Apolte) and as a research assistant at the Institute of Public Economics I (Prof. Dr. Johannes Becker). He also gave tutorials in Public Economics.

Main fields of interest: Microeconomics, Financial Markets, Econometrics