Universität Bonn

Department of Economics / BGSE

Bonn Graduate School of Economics
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Bonn Graduate School of Economics
The next application period starts in January 2023
Meet our job market candidates
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.


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
Christian Bayer receives the Hermann Heinrich Gossen Award

On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, the Hermann Heinrich Gossen Award was awarded to Professor Christian Bayer. The Hermann Heinrich Gossen Award is awarded once a year by the Verein für Socialpolitik to an economist under the age of 45 from the German-speaking area for internationally recognized research achievements. The award is endowed with 10,000 euros. The aim of the award is to promote the internationalization of German-language economics. The main criterion for the award is publications in internationally recognized journals.

Shanghai Ranking 2022: Economics in Bonn takes top spot in Germany

The latest “Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022,” part of the widely respected Shanghai Ranking, has underlined the University of Bonn’s prowess in not one but several areas: besides taking top spot in Germany for Mathematics and Economics, it has also come third for Agricultural Sciences and Physics. And the University is even among the top 15 in the world in Mathematics, ranking it ahead of such luminaries as Harvard and Columbia.

BGSE Graduates Klara Röhrl and Peter Andre

Congratulations! Klara Röhrl and Peter Andre graduated from Bonn Graduate School of Economics.

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Manchot Lecture

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

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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 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 current Doctoral Students

In addition to our excellent study and research program the BGSE fosters participation in international economics conferences, research stays abroad as well as laboratory experiments. Regularly doctoral students from all over the world come for research visits.

Conference Participations

Our BGSE students participate regularly at international, economic conferences.

Research Stays Abroad

Long-term research visits of our Doctoral Students at excellent Universities all over the world.

Laboratory Experiments

Our Doctoral Students focusing on experimental economics can use the facilities of the Bonn Econ Lab.

Visiting Students

The Bonn Graduate School of Economics regularly welcomes visiting doctoral students to Bonn.

Get to know our Team

Staff

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

Faculty

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

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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