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The Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE) was established as one of the first structured doctoral programs in Germany, and is one the best institutions for the education of young researchers in the field of economics today. The doctoral program at the BGSE combines challenging course work with early individual research in a supportive and intellectually demanding environment. Outstanding students with a university degree (bachelor or master) in economics or related fields are encouraged to apply for admission. BGSE students benefit from an excellent faculty and numerous collaborative research activities. Graduates of the BGSE have been highly successful on the international job market  and are often directly appointed to assistant professorships at renowned universities.




Bonn EconLabThe Laboratory for Experimental Economics at the University of Bonn (Bonn Econ Lab) was founded in 1984 by Nobel Laureate Reinhard Selten. This makes it the first facility of its kind in Europe. The BonnEconLab stands for innovative research in experimental economics, which is documented by publications in international top journals and extensive third-party funding (e.g., grants awarded by the DFG and the EU). The research performed at BonnEconLab covers a wide range of topics, including auctions and markets, bargaining,  labor and health economics, fairness and reciprocity, team decision making, cross-cultural and intercultural experiments, and neuroeconomics.



The Reinhard Selten Institute (RSI) was founded in 2017 by the Universities of Bonn and Cologne. Under the umbrella of the Reinhard Selten Institute, the Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute: Markets & Public Policy (EXC 2126) is dedicated to researching the functioning of markets and the reasons for their failures against the background of societal challenges such as global financial crises, increasing inequality, climate change or digitization. The cluster goes beyond traditional economic policy analysis by systematically combining model-based theoretical approaches with behavioral explanatory models that incorporate legal and policy frameworks.



The Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (HCM) is a cluster of excellence of the University of Bonn, which was founded in 2006 as part of the excellence initiative of the federal and state governments. The research spectrum ranges from pure and applied mathematics through mathematically oriented questions of economics to interdisciplinary research. A central goal of the HCM is the promotion of young scientists in an independent and international environment.


The Center for Economics and Neuroscience (CENs) combines knowledge and methods from neuroscience, psychology, and economics to deepen our understanding of the deliberation process and the motivation behind a given decision, with the goal of improving models of human choice behavior. CENs also provides a platform for the field of neuroeconomics within Germany and internationally with the aim of fostering interdisciplinary work.



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