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About RGS Econ


The Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS Econ) is a center for research and higher education in Economics. It combines the expertise of three economics departments at the universities in the Ruhr Area (Bochum, Dortmund Essen, and Duisburg) with that of the RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, one of Germany‘s leading economic research institutes. Over a period of three years, graduate students receive guidance that leads to a Ph.D. in economics, complying with the highest international standards.

05.11.2021 RGS Jamboree
27.10.2020 RGS Jamboree
04.11.2019 Welcome Ceremony

  • Fast-track your Economics Ph.D. with a structured program
  • Study with three Ruhr universities and one of Germany's leading economic research institutes
  • Small groups allow individual coaching
  • Study entirely in English
  • No tuition fees
  • scholarships of 1.400 Euro per month
  • Office space (desk and computer equipment) for each student

Current Job Market Candidates

Some of our excellent doctoral students are currently finishing their dissertations and on the job market.

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14th RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics

March 3-4, 2021

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    Ruhr Economic Papers

    The "Ruhr Economic Papers" are a joint publication of the Economic Departments of Ruhr University of Bochum, TU Dortmund, University of Duisburg-Essen and RWI.

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    RGS Econ is a joint initiative of:

    RGS Econ is currently sponsored by, among others:

    NRW.BANK Stiftung Mercator
    UAMR Sparkasse Essen