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8th RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics

Universität Duisburg-Essen
Universitätsstraße 2
45141 Essen
February 25-27, 2015

More detailed information and a map can be found here: Map

Conference Program:

Below you can find the current version of the conference program:

Program Overview (short)

Detailed Session Overview

Keynote Speech:

The conference has a prestigious history in attracting keynote speakers; among them in particular Economic Advisors to the Chancellor of the Federal Republic; a history and tradition we are proud of.

This year, Prof. Dr. Isabel Schnabel who holds a chair for financial economics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and is a Member of the German council of economic experts, will be the keynote speaker of the conference.

Title of Presentation:

"Financial Sector Reforms and Implicit Bail-Out Guarantees in the Euro Area"

Aim and Scope:

The aim of the conference 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.

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
  • Financial Markets
  • International Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Labour and Demographic Economics
  • Population Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Migration Economics

Scientific Committee:

  • Prof. Dr. Erwin Amann
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas K. Bauer
  • Dr. Joscha Beckmann
  • Prof. Dr. Ansgar Belke
  • Prof. Dr. Jeanette Brosig-Koch
  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Busse
  • Dr. Robert Czudaj
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Felder
  • Prof. Dr. Manuel Frondel
  • Prof. Dr. Vasyl Golosnoy
  • Prof. Dr. Philip Jung
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Hanck
  • JProf. Dr. Sanne Hiller
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Leininger
  • Prof. Dr. Ludger Linnemann
  • JProf. Dr. Lars Metzger
  • JProf. Dr. Maren Michaelsen
  • JProf. Dr. Marie Paul
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfram Richter
  • Prof. Dr. Nadine Riedel
  • Prof. Dr. Julio Robledo
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Roos
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph M. Schmidt
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Wagner
  • JProf. Dr. Roland Winkler


Arriving by train:
From the main train station in Essen (Essen Hbf), you can take the subway U11 towards "Gelsenkirchen Buerer Str". You will need to leave the tram at the station "Universität Essen". From here it is a 10 minute walk to the conference location.

Arriving by car:
Leave the highway A40 at the exit "Essen Zentrum", from here just follow the signs saying "Universität".

Location on campus:
The conference will take place at the "Glaspavillon" of the University of Duisburg-Essen at the campus in Essen.


Here you can find some hotels in Essen, located near the campus and conference location.

City Hotel
Viehofer Platz 5
45127 Essen

- about 70€ (breakfast included)
- 5 minute walk from conference venue


Motel One
Kennedyplatz 3
45127 Essen

- about 70€ (breakfast not included)
- 10 minute walk from conference venue

Ibis am Hauptbahnhof
Hollestr. 50
45127 Essen

- about 60€ (breakfast not included)
- 5 minute by subway to conference venue Website

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 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.

Call for Papers:

Submission deadline is December 15, 2014.

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)

Decisions will be made by the scientific committee and notifications of acceptance will be announced on January 12, 2015.

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


Ruhr Graduate School in Economics
Dr. Michael Kind
Hohenzollernstraße 1-3
45128 Essen

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