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2nd RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics

University of Duisburg-Essen, Campus Essen, Glaspavillon
September 18, 2008 (5 pm) to September 19, 2008 (4 pm)

Aim and Scope:

The Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS Econ) is a doctoral program initiated in 2004 and run by the Universities of Bochum, Dortmund (TU) and Duisburg-Essen and by the RWI Essen as an International NRW Graduate School.

The aim of the Conference, which is jointly organized by RGS Econ and the European Community Studies Association (AEI), is to facilitate the exchange and discussion of research results on an international level by bringing together top PhD students and experienced researchers 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.

Topics of interest:

The core of the Conference discusses various dimensions of Demographic Change and Sustainable Development in Europe from different perspectives, country-specific experiences and theoretical as well as empirical approaches. This hopes to contribute in pushing the frontier of knowledge and to foster the bridge between research and practice that is seen vital to successful reform processes. Demographic change is expected to forcefully determine the scope of activities in the economy, politics and society during the next decades. Analyses and predictions of its extent and the subsequent effects on the economy and society are therefore indispensable if concepts of sustainable development are to be considered. European integration is a unique development as it opens effective courses of action not realizable at the national level. The Conference in general, however, is open to all fields of economics (including econometrics).

The range of topics in the field of demographic change includes labor market, education and social security systems, income distribution and redistribution, health economics, finance as well as domestic and international migration. The topic field of sustainable development in particular includes economics of environmental resources, industrial organization and public finance. A reference to the process of European integration is preferred.

Keynote Speaker:

Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, former Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), former Federal Minister of Environment, Member of the Board of Sustainable Development of the German Federal Government.

Scientific Committee:

  • Erwin Amann (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Thomas Bauer (Ruhr-University Bochum & RWI Essen)
  • Volker Clausen (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Wim Kösters (Ruhr-University Bochum & RWI essen)
  • Kornelius Kraft (University of Dortmund, TU)
  • Wolfgang Leininger (University of Dortmund, TU)
  • Reinhold Schnabel (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Christoph M. Schmidt (Ruhr-University Bochum & RWI Essen)
Program (PDF)