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Research Profile

The Department of Economics of the University of Bonn is one of the leading insitutions for economic research in Europe and enjoys an excellent reputation worldwide. This is confirmed by international rankings, the success in attracting renowned third-party research funds as well as numerous high-ranking prizes and awards for Bonn economists - notably the Nobel Prize for Economics to Reinhard Selten in 1994.

The department is equally strong in economic theory and in applied research in empirical economics.

The research focuses on the areas of

  • microeconomics,
  • monetary and international macroeconomics,
  • behavioral economics,
  • financial market economics,
  • and experimental and empirical economic research.

The department is traditionally strong in collaborative research, where long-term structures for top-class economic research are developed and forward-looking research fields with high social relevance are developed. These include the Cluster of Excellence "ECONtribute: Markets and Public Policy" with the University of Cologne and the DFG-funded CRC / TR 224 "Economic Perspectives on Societal Challenges: Equality of Opportunity, Market Regulation, and Financial Stability" with the University of Mannheim. Furthermore, the faculty participates in the Cluster of Excellence "Mathematics - Fundamentals, Models, Applications" at the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics of the University of Bonn.


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