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13th RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics

Regional Disparities and Economic Policy in Europe

Technische Universität Dortmund
Internationales Begegnungszentrum (IBZ)
Emil-Figge-Str. 59
44227 Dortmund
February 18-19th, 2020

A map of the relevant conference buildings (in dark red) on the campus of TU Dortmund can be found here


Session Overview.pdf

Program Booklet.pdf

Call for Papers and Submission

Submission deadline is December 10, 2019. We welcome submissions from doctoral students in all areas of economics.

To submit, 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 sent to submitting Email addresses on January 8, 2020.

There is no registration or participation fee. Travel costs of up to €200 for presenters traveling from outside of Germany will be reimbursed (subject to rules and regulations).

CFP Poster (PDF)

Aim and Scope

The aim of this annual, refereed conference is to provide a professional, stimulating, and international environment in which around 60 - 75 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.

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

For this year's confeence, We especially welcome submissions related to regional disparities in Europe.

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

There is no registration or participation fee.

Conference Program:

The conference officially starts in the morning of February 18th. It ends on Febrary 19th in the afternoon. Please try to arrange your travel plans accordingly.

The conference will be divided into around 25 topic-oriented sessions, organized in parallel blocks, with a total of around 75 presentations. There will be special sessions and two keynote speeches devoted to the conference's focus on Regional Disparities and Economic Policy in Europe

For those arriving on February 17th, 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 at the conference. The university canteen offeres lunch, payable in cash. When the conference ends on February 19th, 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 (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. 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)


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:
Exit the highway A40 or A45 at t"Dortmund West", then follow the signs "Universität".

Arriving by plane:
The closest airports are Duesseldorf (DUS) and Dortmund (DTM).


Below are some hotel recommendations for Dortmund, located near 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 those 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,
 Close to Dortmund main station, take train (S1) to the university
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,
Close to Dortmund main station, take train (S1) to the university
Königswall 2, 44137 Dortmund

Guideline for Paper Presentation:

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

Room an Equipment

Each room is equipped with a computer, beamer (projector) and white board/flip chart. Please bring your presentation file on a USB memory stick in pdf format.


Each Session lasts for 1 and a half hours for 3 presenters, i.e. 30 minutes for each paper. All presenters should arrive in advance to upload their presentations and to ensure that no technical problems occur. Each presenter has 20 minutes for the 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 session 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. We ask presenters to share their (updated) paper two weeks prior to the conference.

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

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Ruhr Graduate School in Economics

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

Hohenzollernstraße 1-3
45128 Essen