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Department of Economics - Research

Research of the highest quality in economic theory and applications is one of the cornerstones of the Mannheim Department of Economics. Research findings are at the forefront of modern economic science; they are published in the leading international journals. Faculty members are involved in several national and international research networks. They have held leading positions in national and international professional associations as well as governmental bodies for policy advice. Over the last 40 years, the Department has gained high regard in the national and international scientific community. Its members have held previous appointments at leading universities worldwide.

Although research is mostly conducted by individuals or by small groups of collaborating researchers, there is a congenial and cooperative atmosphere in which Department members take an active interest in their colleagues' research. Several research seminars and workshops with guest speakers from other universities in Germany and abroad, as well as speakers from the Department’s own faculty and graduate students provide a lively forum for discussion.

Below you find a list of the individual research interests of our senior faculty members with links to their individual home pages.

In the Department of Economics there are currently 21 senior professors specializing in Economics as well as one senior professor focusing on Statistics:

 

Prof. Klaus Adam, Ph.D., Chair of International Economics

Ph.D.: European University Institute, Florence, Italy
Professorship: Universität Frankfurt/M.
Economics Professor at the Universität Mannheim since 2008


Current research topics:

  • Macroeconomics (business cycles and monetary policy)
  • Learning and Expectations Formation
  • Asset Pricing

 

Prof. Dr. Antonio Ciccone, Chair of Macroeconomics and Finance

Ph.D.: Stanford University, USA
Professorship: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Economics Professor at the Universität Mannheim since 2013


Current research topics:

  • Growth and Development
  • Macroeconomics
  • Human Capital

 

Prof. Dr. Markus Frölich, Chair of Econometrics

Ph.D.: Universität St. Gallen, Switzerland
Professorship: Universität Mannheim
Economics Professor at the Universität Mannheim since 2008


Current research topics:

  • Impact Evaluation, Treatment Effects
  • Microeconometrics
  • Development Economics

 

Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Grüner, Chair of Economic Policy

Ph.D.: EHESS Paris
Professorship: Universität Bonn
Economics Professor at the Universität Mannheim since 1999


Current research topics:

  • The Design of Political and Economic Institutions
  • Information Aggregation in Organizations
  • Organization of Central Banks
  • Political Economy (general)
  • Political Economy of Labor Market Reform
  • Strategic Interaction of Macroeconomic Players
  • Wealth Distribution and Capital Markets
  • Allocation of Socially Provided Goods

 

Prof. Dr. Eckhard Janeba, Chair of Public Finance and Economic Policy

Ph.D.: Universität Bonn
Professorship: Indiana University at Bloomington, U.S.A.
Economics Professor at the Universität Mannheim since 2004


Current research topics:

  • Fiscal Federalism and Tax Competition
  • Fiscal Rules and German Debt Brake
  • Political Economy of Redistribution
  • Globalization and the Welfare State

 

Prof. Tom Krebs, Ph.D., Chair of Macroeconomics

Ph.D.: Columbia University, U.S.A.
Professorship: Brown University, U.S.A.
Economics Professor at the Universität Mannheim since 2006


Current research topics:

  • Business Cycles
  • Financial Economics
  • Economic Theory

 

Prof. Volker Nocke, Ph.D., Chair of Microeconomics

Ph.D.: London School of Economics
Professorship: University of Oxford
Economics Professor at the Universität Mannheim since 2009


Current research topics:

Industrial Organization

  • Mergers
  • Market Structure
  • Industry Dynamics
  • Competition Policy

International Trade

  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Firm Heterogeneity

Applied Microeconomic Theory

 

Prof. Dr. Henrik Orzen, Chair of Business Economics

Ph.D.: University of Nottingham
Professorship: University of Nottingham
Economics Pofessor at the Universität Mannheim since 2009


Current research topics:

  • Experimental Economics
  • Strategic Interaction
  • Competition in Markets and Contests
  • Behavioral Economics

 

Prof. Dr. Andreas Peichl, Chair of Empirical Public Economics

Ph.D.: Universität zu Köln
Professorship: Universität Mannheim
Economics Pofessor at the Universität Mannheim since 2016


Current research topics:

  • (Empirical) Public Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Welfare Economics

 

Prof. Dr. Martin Peitz, Professor of Applied Economics

Ph.D.: Universität Bonn
Professorship: University of Alicante, Spain
Economics Professor at the Universität Mannheim since 2007


Current research topics:

  • Industrial Economics
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Regulation and Competition Policy

 

Prof. Michelle Sovinsky, Ph.D., Chair of Economic History

Ph.D.: University of Virginia
Professorship: Universität Zürich
Economics Professor at the Universität Mannheim since 2015

 
Current research topics:

  • Industrial Organization
  • Applied Health Economics

 

Prof. Dr. Jochen Streb, Chair of Economic Theory and Behavioral Economics

Ph.D.: Universität Heidelberg
Professorship: Universität Heidelberg
Economics Professor at the Universität Mannheim since 2011

 
Current research topics:

  • Historical Economics of Innovation
  • Industrial Policy and Procurement in the Third Reich
  • History of the German Social Insurance System
  • Regulation of Public Utilities in long-term Perspective

 

Prof. Michèle Tertilt, Ph.D., Chair of International Economics

Ph.D.: University of Minnesota
Professorship: Stanford University
Economics Professor at the Universität Mannheim since 2011


Current research topics:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Family Economics
  • Consumer Credit
  • Growth and Development

 

Prof. Dr. Carsten Trenkler, Chair of Empirical Economics

Ph.D.: Humboldt-Universität Berlin
Economics Professor at the Universität Mannheim since 2007

 
Current research topics:

  • Univariate and Multiple Time Series Analysis
  • Cointegration Analysis
  • Bootstrapping Cointegration Tests
  • Threshold Models
  • Economic Integration and Border Effects
  • Exchange Rate Policy

 

Prof. Dr. Thomas Tröger, Chair of Economoc Theory

Ph.D.: Universität Bonn
Professorship: University of California, Santa Barbara
Economics Professor at the Universität Mannheim since 2010


Current reasearch interests:

  • Game theory
  • Auctions
  • Negotiations
  • Mechanism-Design

 

Prof. Dr. Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden, Chair of Microeconomic Theory

Ph.D.: Universität Bonn
Professorship: Universität Basel, Switzerland
Economics Professor at the University of Mannheim since 2004


Current research topics:

  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Game Theory
  • Contract Theory
  • Political Economy

 

Prof. Ulrich Wagner, Ph.D., Chair of Quantitative Economics

Ph.D.: Yale University
Professorship: Universidad Carlos III, Madrid
Economics Professor at the University of Mannheim since 2015

Current research topics:

  • Environmental Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Public Economics

 

Prof. Achim Wambach, Ph.D., Chair of Economics

Ph.D.: University of Oxford
Professorship: Universität München (LMU)
Economics Professor at the University of Mannheim since 2016


Current research topics:

  • Markets and Information
  • Market Design
  • Industral Organisation

 

Nine senior faculty members participate in the Sonderforschungsbereich 884 „Politische Ökonomie von Reformen“ (Collaborative Research Center 884 "The Political Economy of Reforms"), which was established in 2010. The new SFB forms a research network that links the Mannheim Departments of Economics and Social Sciences, the Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA), the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) and the Mannheim Centre for European Economics Research (ZEW). The network advances the theoretical and empirical foundations of quantitative research on societal decision making in general, and the understanding of reform processes in particular.

On 1 January 2004 the four leading German universities in the field of economics jointly founded the Transregional Collaborative Research Center 15 “Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems”. The research programme aims at advancing approaches in game and contract theory and their applications in the fields of governance and industrial economics. In Mannheim, the departments of economics and business administration as well as the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) participate in the research center.

For the participation of faculty members in Priority Programmes and Research Units funded by the German Research Foundation, in Research Training Groups and European Research and Training Networks etc. please see our accomplishments-website.

With funds from the German Excellence-Initiative, the University of Mannheim founded in 2006 the “Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences: Empirical and Quantitative Methods”. The Graduate School provides graduate training in empirical and quantitative methods and their application to business, economics, and the social sciences. Its mission is to train young academics according to best international practice with a strong focus on excellence in research. The goal of the Graduate School is to establish itself as a leading center of excellence in doctoral training in empirical and quantitative methods in the economic and social sciences. The Graduate School is the first of its kind in Germany and among very few in the world to integrate the disciplines of business, economics, and the social sciences into a coherent curriculum. It is organized into the Center for Doctoral Studies in Business, the Center for Doctoral Studies in Economics, and the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

 

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