Integration Boosts Labor Market Opportunities for Migrants in Germany

Workers with a migration background have particular disadvantages in Germany´s labor market if they live in an ethnic enclave. After being laid off, these people are significantly less likely to find a new job than their German colleagues: Over five years after job loss, the probability of employment is on average 5.2 percentage points lower. These research results are published by the EPoS Economic Research Center of the Universities of Bonn and Mannheim in the discussion paper “Job Displacement and Migrant Labor Market Assimilation”.

Mourning Prof. Nora Szech

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

Real Estate Prices in Germany stabilize

The downward trend for real estate prices in Germany was partially halted in the second quarter of 2023. Compared with the first quarter of 2023, many prices are even rising slightly again, although there is still a significant drop compared with the previous year and the peaks. This is shown by the latest update of the German Real Estate Index (GREIX), a project of ECONtribute and IfW Kiel, which evaluates the actual sales prices of German real estate according to the latest scientific standards. All data for currently 18 German cities and their districts are freely available at

BGSE Graduates Fabian Schmitz and Matthias Gnewuch

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

What matters for accurate self-assessment

Research has consistently shown that individuals who possess a realistic perception of their abilities tend to excel in life compared to others. The ability to accurately assess oneself, whether contemplating an apprenticeship or pursuing higher education, choosing between language or science disciplines, or determining the best-suited path, plays a vital role. The precision with which young people answer these critical questions is heavily influenced by their social environment. A study by professors from the Department of Economics Armin Falk and Florian Zimmermann, together with Fabian Kosse (University of Würzburg) and Hanna Schildberg-Hörrisch (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf) developed in cooperation at the Institute on Behavior & Inequality (briq), which systematically tracks the development of children from nearly 600 families, confirms this notion.

Lehrpreise für das Studienjahr 2022/23

Das Rektorat der Universität Bonn und der Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften vergeben jedes Jahr Lehrpreise an Dozentinnen und Dozenten, die besondere Leistungen in der Lehre erbracht haben. Die Lehrpreise würdigen und machen exzellente Lehre an der Universität Bonn sichtbar.

Save The Date: Manchot Lecture Features Professor Per Krusel

We are thrilled to announce that the next edition of the annual Manchot Lecture, sponsored by the Jürgen Manchot Foundation, will be held on November 16th. This year, we are privileged to welcome Professor Per Krusell, a distinguished economist from Stockholm University and London School of Economics, as our keynote speaker.

German Real Estate Price Index (GREIX)

High rents, gentrification and lack of housing construction: affordable housing has been scarce in Germany for years. The COVID-19 pandemic, historically high inflation and rising interest rates are increasing fear of a growing housing crisis. From mid-2022, real estate prices collapsed by up to 20 per cent when adjusted for inflation. How did it get this far? How have real estate prices in Germany developed over the past 60 years? And what conclusions can be drawn for the future? The German Real Estate Price Index (GREIX), developed by economists from the Department of Economics of the University of Bonn, provides answers and establishes novel standards for the analysis of German real estate markets based on cutting-edge data.

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