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10th RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics

Rising to Europe's Challenges: The Economic Perspective

Technische Universität Dortmund
Internationales Begegnungszentrum
Emil-Figge-Str. 59
44227 Dortmund
March 1-2, 2017

Call for Papers:

Submission deadline is December 15, 2016.

Please, send the following documents in PDF format to :

  • Full paper with JEL classification codes
  • Electronic version of your CV including contact information
Call for papers (PDF)

Acceptance decisions will be made by the scientific committee and notifications of acceptance will be announced on January 11, 2017.

There is no participation fee.

Aim and Scope:

The aim of the conference is to facilitate the exchange and discussion of research ideas and results on an international level by bringing together around 60 top PhD students and experienced researchers, and members of RGS Econ's more than 35 faculty from the universities of Dortmund, Duisburg-Essen, and Bochum as well as the RWI, one of Germany's leading economic research institutes, in a professional and social forum. The conference serves to provide a stimulating environment in which doctoral students from a variety of top universities and research institutions can exchange ideas, establish informal networks and initiate future collaborative research.

Best Paper Award: The RGS Econ offers a prize of EUR 500 for the best paper to be submitted and presented at the conference.

Both empirical and theoretical papers will be considered. The range of topics covers all research areas in Economics including

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Experimental and Behavioral Economics
  • Financial Markets
  • International Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Labour and Demographic Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Migration Economics
  • Urban, Real Estate, and Regional Economics

We especially welcome submissions related to the current economic challenges facing the European Union.

Conference Program:

Program (Booklet)Program (Session Overview)

The conference officially starts in the morning of March 1st. It ends on March 2nd at 4:00 pm. Please try to arrange your travel plans accordingly.

The conference will be divided into 25 topic-oriented sessions, organized in parallel blocks, with a total of 75 presentations. There will be special sessions and two keynote speeches devoted to the conference's focus on European Economic and Integration Policy. The keynote speakers are Werner Hoyer (President of the European Investment Bank) who will speak on "The EU Bank – a Strong Partner for Growth, Convergence and Cohesion in Europe" and Paul De Grauwe (LSE, CESifo, CEPR, CEPS), who will speak on "The Future of the Euro".

The conference also features a keynote speech by Dr. Eckart Windhagen (McKinsey & Company), who will speak on "The next century of prosperity: Escaping secular stagnation", followed by a conference dinner where participants have the opportunity to discuss their ideas and interests with fellow doctoral students, professors from the hosting institutions, and representatives from McKinsey & Company.

For those arriving on February 28th, we will meet for a get-together starting at 7 pm at a local brewery:

WENKERS am Markt
Betenstr. 1
44137 Dortmund

Dinner, snacks, and beverages wil be provided on March 1 and 2. The university canteen offeres lunch, payable in cash. When the conference ends on March 2nd at 4:00 pm, we will offeran early dinner, also for take-out.  

Please check this page for updates on the program.

Scientific Committee (preliminary):

  • Prof. Dr. Erwin Amann
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Daniel Avdic
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Timo Baas
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas K. Bauer
  • Dr. Joscha Beckmann
  • Prof. Dr. Ansgar Belke
  • Prof. Dr. Jeanette Brosig-Koch
  • Dr. Robert Czudaj
  • Prof. Dr. Manuel Frondel
  • Prof. Dr. Vasyl Golosnoy
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Hanck
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sanne Hiller
  • Prof. Dr. Philip Jung
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nadja Kairies-Schwarz
  • Prof. Dr. Walter Krämer
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Leininger
  • Prof. Dr. Ludger Linnemann
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lars Metzger
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Marie Paul
  • Prof Dr. Peter N. Posch
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfram Richter
  • Prof. Dr. Nadine Riedel
  • Prof. Dr. Julio Robledo
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Roos
  • Prof. Dr. Reinhold Schnabel
  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Seidel
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Michael Stein
  • Prof. Dr. Colin Vance
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Roland Winkler
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lilia Zhurakhovska


Arriving by train:
From the main train station in Dortmund (Dortmund Hbf), you can take the train S1 towards "Solingen Hbf". You will need to leave the tram at the station "Dortmund Universität S". From here it is a 10 minute walk to the conference location.

Arriving by car:
Leave the highway A40 or A45 at the exit "Dortmund West", from here just follow the signs saying "Universität".

Arriving by plane:

The closest airports are Duesseldorf (DUS) and Dortmund (DTM).

Location on campus:
The conference will take place at the "International Meeting Center (IBZ)" of the TU Dortmund.


We recommend you some hotels in Dortmund, located near the TU Dortmund University.

Presenters in general have to cover their own travel and accomodation expenses. We will, however, be able to grant partial travel and accommodation cost reimbursements of up to €200 per speaker for speakers travelling to the conference from outside of Germany. Please keep originals or (if paper versions are not issued) electronic versions of receipts and bills. We will provide you with a reimbursement form during the conference.

TRYP Hotel
Distance: Walking distance to the university
Emil-Figge-Str. 41, 44227 Dortmund
Phone +49 (0) 231 97050

NH Hotel,
Distance: Close to Dortmund main station, take train (S1) to the university (6 min.)
Königswall 1, 44137 Dortmund
Phone: +49 (0) 231 90550

Steigenberger Hotel
Distance: 3.5km to the university
Berswordtstraße 2, 44139 Dortmund
Phone: +49 (0) 231 9021-0

Ring-Hotel Drees,
Distance: 4km to the university
Hohe Straße 107, 44139 Dortmund
Phone: +49 (0) 231 1299-0

A + O Hostel,
Distance: Close to Dortmund main station, take train (S1) to the university (6 min.)
Königswall 2, 44137 Dortmund

Guideline for Paper Presentation:

Please familiarise yourself with the presentation guidelines and adhere to the instructions during the conference.

Room an Equipment

Each room is equipped with a computer and beamer (projector). Please bring your presentation file on a USB memory stick. We strongly recommend choosing the PDF file format; otherwise it may not be possible for the software to display all fonts correctly.


Each Session lasts for 1 and a half hours for 3 presenters, i.e. 30 minutes for each paper. All presenters should arrive well in advance to ensure that no technical problems occur. Each presenter has 20 minutes for presentation, followed by a 5 minute presentation by the discussant and another 5 minutes for general discussion. Please respect the time limit both when presenting your paper and during the discussion. The chairs are advised to enforce the given time constraints.

Session Chair

A professor from the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics will chair the session. The chair welcomes and introduces the participants, moderates the open discussion and supervises that time constraints are met. If the session's chair is absent, the last presenter listed should take the role of the chair.


Every presenter is assigned to be the discussant of the previous paper in the same session. Accordingly, the second speaker is discussant of the first paper, the third speaker is discussant of the second paper and the first speaker is discussant of the last paper.

Co-funded by the European Union. Financial support by the Mercator Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.

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Ruhr Graduate School in Economics
Helge Braun PhD
Hohenzollernstraße 1-3
45128 Essen

Tel.: +49 (0)201 8149 512
Fax.: +49 (0)201 8149 200