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An important basis for the research strength of the department is networking with strong international and local partners. In Bonn, these include, above all, the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), the Max Planck Institute for Research of Collective Goods and the Institute on Behavior and Inequality (briq). With these institutions the department has strong thematic overlaps in research and also personal connections. The focus is on the development of innovative research approaches in pioneering research fields with a high societal relevance, for example on the causes and consequences of social inequality, on the change in working environments and labor markets or on the regulation and stability of financial markets.



Founded in 2016, with support from the Deutsche Post Foundation, the Institute on Behavior and Inequality (briq) promotes innovative thinking and research in the fields of behavioral economics and the sources of inequality, aimed at improving individual opportunities and social cohesion. briq provides a platform for the exchange of novel ideas and an infrastructure for the cooperation of international, top-level researchers.



Initiated by the Deutsche Post Foundation in 1998, the Institute of Labour Economics (IZA) connects science with society and transports relevant knowledge about the working world to the general public, policymakers and business. Insights on the future of work from IZA’s global network of scholars and a Bonn-based team of expert researchers provide answers about how to effectively safeguard employment and maintain social cohesion.


The Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods focuses in its research mainly on applied economics and on behavioral law. Moreover, the institute hosts three independent research groups on "moral courage”, “economic cognition”, and “mechanisms of normative change”.


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