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12th RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics

Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum, Germany

February 19-20, 2019

A map of the campus in Bochum can be found here


Program BookletProgramm Overview

The conference will start at 8:30 on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 and end at  16:30 on Wednesday Feb. 20, 2019. Registration opens at 7:45 on Tuesday (and will remain open throughout the conference).

For those arriving in Bochum on Monday, February 18th, there will be a get-together starting at 19:00 at Sausalitos, Kortumstraße 13, 44787 Bochum.

A complementary guided tour of the German Mining Museum will take place for those interested on Tuesday, Feb 19th, (between approx. 13:00 and 16:00. Transport will be provided).

Wednesday, Feb 20th, 13:00 -14:30, features a keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Christian Bayer (University of Bonn), on “Income Risk, Financial Frictions, and Aggregate Fluctuations".

Guests are welcome! If you are not a regular attendee of the conference, please register via Email ( ) by February 18th, 2019, indicating if you want to attend the Keynote or the entire conference. Space is limited.

Gäste sind bei der Konferenz und insbesondere zur Keynote von Professor Christian Bayer (University of Bonn) am 20. Februar 2019, 13:00 -14:30 herzlich willkommen. Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt. Wir bitten um eine formlose Anmeldung per Email an bis zum 18.02.2019. Das Platzangebot ist limitiert. Nähere Informationen findend Sie in diesem Flyer.

Aim and Scope:

The aim of this annual, refereed conference is to provide a professional, stimulating, and international environment in which around 60 top PhD students in Economics can discuss their research results and ideas, establish informal networks, and initiate future collaborative research. The conference also connects early career with experienced researchers, including RGS Econ's more than 35 faculty members from the universities of Dortmund, Duisburg-Essen, and Bochum, as well as the RWI, one of Germany's leading economic research institutes.

The conference features a keynote speech, conference dinner, and a guided tour.

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

     Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics
     Microeconomic Theory, Behavioral and Experimental Economics
     Econometrics and Applied Econometrics
     Labor Economics
     Health Economics
     Public Economics
     Economics of Migration
     Financial Markets
     Industrial Organization
     International Economics
     Urban, Real-Estate, and Regional Economics

The best paper to be submitted and presented at the conference will be awarded a prize of EUR 500.

There is no registration or participation fee.

Call for Papers:

Submission deadline is December 10, 2018. We welcome submissions from doctoral students in all areas of economics.

To submit, please send the following documents in PDF format to :

  • Full paper, including abstract and JEL classification codes, in the format [lastname_firstname_paper.pdf]
  • CV including contact information, in the format [lastname_firstname_cv.pdf]

Acceptance decisions will be made by the scientific committee and notifications of acceptance will be announced on January 8, 2019.

There is no registration or participation fee. Presenters have to cover their travel and accomodation expenses.

Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Erwin Amann (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer (Ruhr-University Bochum & RWI)
  • Prof. Dr. Ronald Bachmann (HHU Düsseldorf & RWI)
  • Prof. Dr. Ansgar Belke (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Busse (Ruhr-University Bochum)
  • Prof. Dr. Volker Clausen (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Dr. Markus Fels (TU Dortmund University)
  • Prof. Dr. Manuel Frondel (Ruhr-University Bochum & RWI)
  • Prof. Dr. Vasyl Golosnoy (Ruhr-University Bochum)
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Hanck (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Christiane Hellmanzik (TU Dortmund University)
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Martin Thomas Hibbeln (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Dr. Yannick Hoga (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Carsten Jentsch (TU Dortmund University)
  • Prof. Dr. Philip Jung (TU Dortmund University)
  • Prof. Martin Karlsson, Ph.D. (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Kiesel (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Eugen Kovac (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Kornelius Kraft (TU Dortmund University)
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sanne Kruse-Becher (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Leininger (TU Dortmund University)
  • Prof. Dr. Ludger Linnemann (TU Dortmund University)
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lars Metzger (TU Dortmund University)
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Marie Paul (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Peter N. Posch (TU Dortmund University)
  • Dr. Edgar Preugschat (TU Dortmund University)
  • Prof. Dr. Nadine Riedel (Ruhr-University Bochum)
  • Prof. Dr. Julio R. Robledo (Ruhr-University Bochum)
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Roos (Ruhr-University Bochum)
  • Prof. Dr. Marianne Saam (Ruhr-University Bochum)
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph M. Schmidt (Ruhr-University Bochum & RWI)
  • Prof. Dr. Reinhold Schnabel (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Seidel (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Colin Vance (Jacobs University Bremen & RWI)
  • Prof. Dr. Ansgar Wübker (Ruhr-University Bochum & RWI)
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lilia Zhurakhovska (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Florian Ziel (University of Duisburg-Essen)



The closest airports are:
DUS Düsseldorf (about 40 minutes to Bochum HBF via train)
CGN Cologne/Bonn ( about 1h 30 m to Bochum HBF via train)
DTM Dortmund (about 1 hour to Bochum HBF via train / public transport)

Arriving by train:
From the main train station in Bochum (Bochum Hbf), you can take the tram U35 towards "Bochum Hustadt". You will need to leave the tram at the station "Ruhr Universität". From here it is a 10 minute walk to the conference location.

Arriving by car:
Leave the highway A43 or A44 at the exit "Bochum Querenburg", from here just follow the signs saying "Ruhr Universität".

Location on campus:
The conference will take place at the "Veranstaltungszentrum" of the Ruhr University Bochum. In order to get there you will have to go to the Mensa of the University and take the elevator to floor 04.



There are several possible accomodations in Bochum. Here are three recommendations:

- Ibis Hotel Bochum Zentrum:
Universitätsstr. 3
44789 Bochum
Tel.: +49-234-33311

- Haus Vocke:
Wiemelhauser Str. 214
44799 Bochum
Tel.: +49-234-34095

- acora Hotel und Wohnen Bochum
Nordring 44-50
44787 Bochum
Tel: +49-234-68960

Guideline for Paper Presentation:

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

Room 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 1h 30m with a total of 3 presentations, 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 each session. The chair welcomes and introduces the participants, moderates the open discussion and ensures that time constraints are met.


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.


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