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Lukas Berend

Entry: 2020

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics
c/o RWI
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
45128 Essen

Tel. +49 201 8149-520

Lukas Berend joined the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics in October 2020. Previously, he obtained his Bachelors in Economics and Political Science from Leuphana University Lüneburg and his Masters in Quantitative Economics from CAU Kiel. During his studies, Lukas worked as teachings assistant in Macroeconomics at Leuphana University and as student research assistant for a project on socio-economic development during industrialization and later, for the policy-oriented Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. In his master’s thesis, Lukas implemented political polls and macroeconomic indicators in Bayesian state space models to forecast German federal elections from 1998 to 2017.

Main fields of interest: Election forecasting, Economic & Political Uncertainty, Time Series Analysis, Nowcasting

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Tobias Büscher

Entry: 2020

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics
c/o RWI
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
45128 Essen 

Tel. +49 201 8149-508

Tobias Büscher joined the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics in October 2020. He obtained his Bachelor in Economics at the University of Münster and his Master in Economics at TU Dortmund University. In his studies he focused on applied economics in the fields of environmental and public economics in a regional context. In his master thesis he conducted a survival analysis and examined the effects of a strong publicly funded research environment in a region on the longevity of digital firm clusters. He showed that the connectedness of high-tech firms to such a research environment decreases the risk of failure. During his studies Tobias Büscher also worked as a student research assistant at the chair of Public Economics run by Prof. Galina Zudenkova.

Main fields of interest: Public Economics, Regional Economics, Environmental Economics.

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Marvin Finkemeier

Entry: 2020

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics
c/o RWI
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
45128 Essen

Tel. +49 201 8149-503

Marvin Finkemeier joined the Ruhr Graduate School in October 2020.
He obtained a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Master's degree in Eco-
nomic Research from the University of Bonn. During his studies he worked
as a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses in Econometrics and Microeconomics.
His research focus lies on Microeconomic Theory, in particular on Auction
Theory and Bargaining Games. As part of his master thesis, he considered
a procurement auction setup with differentiated goods and information dis-
closure by a buyer. The main result of the work is that a certain type of
information disclosure leads to lower price bids by sellers and hence makes
the buyer better off.

Main fields of interest: Microeconomics, Game Theory, Auction Theory

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Viola Helmers

Entry: 2020

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics
c/o RWI
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
45128 Essen 

Tel. +49 201 8149-515

Viola Helmers joined the Ruhr Graduate School in October 2020. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Resource Management from BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Food Economics from Bonn University, and a Master’s degree in Management, Economics, and Consumer Studies from Wageningen University and Research (WUR) in the Netherlands. She specialized in Environmental and Resource Economics and has worked as research assistant at Bonn University, WUR, and the Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn. Her Master’s thesis was an empirical impact evaluation of the German Aviation Tax’s effect on passenger numbers using panel data and difference-in-differences modelling. In September 2020 she joined the RWI’s Environment and Resource department as a research assistant.

Main fields of interest: Environmental and Climate Economics, Empirical Policy Evaluation, Applied Econometrics

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Lennard Maßmann

Entry: 2020

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics
c/o RWI
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
45128 Essen

Tel. +49 201 8149-525

Lennard Maßmann joined the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics in October 2020. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in International Development and Economics from the University of Bayreuth and his Master’s degree in Economics from the WWU Münster. During his Bachelor’s program he spent a semester abroad at the University of Karlstad in Sweden and worked as a student assistant at the Chair of Money and International Economics. In the course of his Master’s program, he worked as a student assistant at the Chair of Political Economy, the Institute for Econometrics and Economic Statistics and as a working student for the financial consultancy zeb. He further completed various internships as a Data Scientist, e.g. at Westphalia DataLab or Miele & Cie. KG. In his thesis, he focused on price volatility forecasting using neural networks.

 

Main fields of interest: Econometrics, Machine Learning, Causal Inference, Statistical Learning, Time Series Analysis 

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Serife Yasar

Entry: 2020

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics
c/o RWI
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
45128 Essen 

Tel. +49 201 8149-523

Serife Yasar joined the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics in October 2020. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Duisburg-Essen and received her Master’s degree in economics from the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. In her Master thesis, she empirically evaluated how rental prices shape urban structures in the sate of North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany 

 

Main fields of interest: Labor Economics, International Trade, Public Economics, Urban Economics