Universität Bonn

Department of Economics / BGSE

Bonn Graduate School of Economics
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Bonn Graduate School of Economics
Have a look at our recent placements
Yearly Graduation Ceremony of all departments

Bonn Graduate School of Economics

The Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE) invites students from around the world to join our combinded MSc/PhD program in economics. At the BGSE, you will have the chance to study and do research, entirely in English, in a supportive and intellectually demanding environment. We foster a cooperative team spirit among our student body.

The BGSE pursues research activities in the following five research areas:

  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Management and Applied Microeconomic
  • Financial Economics
  • Macroeconomics and Public Economics
  • Econometrics and Statistics

Our doctoral students receive grants to cover living expenses.

Many graduates of our doctoral program are now in leading academic positions.

Placements 2023

In 2023, our job market candidates received various offers and decided to continue their academic careers at the following universities and research institutions:

  • Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
  • Erasmus School of Economics Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Paris-Saclay University, France
  • University of Oxford, UK
  • University of Manchester, UK
  • Aalto University, Helsinki
  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
  • TED University, Ankara, Turkey
  • European Stability Mechanism (ESM), Luxembourg
  • National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge (MA), USA
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Our Program 

 Doctoral Program (PhD) with integrated MSc Economic Research

  • Duration:  5 years
  • Degrees: Master of Science and Doctoral Degree
  • Beginning of study: Winter Semester
  • Application period: once a year from January until end of March (online)
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News and Events of our Department
Mourning Prof. Nora Szech

It is with great sadness that the BGSE learned of the tragic and untimely death of its alumna, Prof. Nora Szech.

BGSE Graduates Fabian Schmitz and Matthias Gnewuch

Congratulations! Fabian Schmitz and Matthias Gnewuch graduated from Bonn Graduate School of Economics.

Save The Date: The 17th Manchot Lecture Features Renowned Economist, Professor Per Krusell

The annual Manchot Lecture will take place on November 16th at the Universitätsclub Bonn, featuring Professor Per Krusell, a renowned economist. Professor Krusell's lecture, delivered in English, will revolve around a theme to be announced later. The event, open to the public, invites everyone interested in current economics research. Further details, including registration, will follow soon.

Placement of BGSE Job Market Candidates 2023

In 2023, the job market candidates of the Bonn Graduate School of Economics received various offers...

Department of Economics strong in QS ranking

In the current QS ranking by subject, the Department of Economics is ranked 50th worldwide and 3rd in Germany. Depending on the subject, the subject rankings consist of 4-5 indicators such as academic reputation, reputation among employers, citations, or also the international research and publication network. Worldwide, 1,594 universities were ranked.

Unifest to take place on July 8, 2023

It’s that time again! On Saturday, July 8, 2023, the graduating class of 2022/23 will celebrate the successful completion of their studies at the Unifest. Online registration for the celebration is now open. We ask that all attendees register by June 2, 2023. 

Schularick new President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Moritz Schularick will become the new president of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) in June 2023. The Department of Economics thanks Mr. Schularick for his work in research and teaching over the past 10 years and wishes him much success in his new task.

Stereotypes influence whether people buy stocks

Whether people invest in stocks depends on what they think about stockholders. This is what a team led by Luca Henkel, a member of the ECONtribute Cluster of Excellence: Markets & Public Policy at the University of Bonn, found out. The study has been published as an ECONtribute Discussion Paper.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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Manchot Lecture

The annual lectures are delivered by internationally distinguished experts and address a general audience interested in economic research.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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BGSE's doctoral student exchange programs

The BGSE is a founding partner of the European Doctoral Program (EDP) and has established further exchange programs with other renowned universities abroad, such as Berkeley and Yale.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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Department of Economics

The main research fields of our faculty include game theory, applied microeconomics, monetary and international macroeconomics, contract theory, labour economics and finance.

Job Market

The BGSE is especially proud of the success of our graduates in the academic world but also in research-related organizations and in the private sector.

Our alumni have obtained prestigious positions at universities in the U.S. (e.g., Harvard, Berkeley, Penn, UCLA, Michigan, Minnesota), in Europe (e.g., University of Oxfrod, University College London, Pompeu Fabra, Tilburg, Carlos III, Stockholm, Zurich) and in Germany (e.g., Mannheim, Munich, Berlin, Cologne). In addition, many alumni are currently in the non-academic sector (e.g., European Central Bank, German Central Bank, Bank of England, U.S. Federal Reserve Board, McKinsey, Boston Consulting).

Get to know our Team


Get to know our economic expert's teaching, conducting research, and supervising.


Get to know our current doctoral students.


In terms of questions regarding the program, application and much more our team members are happy to help.

Our Partners and Sponsors

The BGSE has strong collaborations with the following local and international partners.

Some of these partners provide generous financial support to the BGSE and its students:

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