Master Thesis


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Starting with the day of the registration, you have four months to finish your Master thesis.
If you want to submit your Master thesis before the end of the semester, i.e. before 31 March or 30 September, you need to register your thesis no later than 30 November or 31 May respectively, if you plan on using the full four months of writing time for the thesis.

  • You may register your Master thesis once your have acquired 30 credit points in Basic Modules, have passed one Advanced Module in the field of study in which you want to write the Master thesis, and have passed one Research Module.
  • On written request to the Economics Examination Committee and in reasoned exceptional cases only may the Master thesis be registered before having passed the Research Module. Please contact the Economics Examination Office for further information
  • The completed registration form must be filled out by the student and sent to the supervisor by e-mail, cc'ing the Examination Office. The supervisor then informs the student and the Examination Office that they agree with the registration (topic etc.) by reply-all by e-mail.
  • After this e-mail, the student has one week to sign (in the original only - no scan, digital signature or copy) and send the form to the Examination Office by post (or by dropping it in the Exam Office mailbox at the Juridicum). The date of the postmark/the day you dropped it in is decisive for meeting the deadline and registering the thesis.
    The Examination Office will take care of having the thesis registration forms duly signed by the supervisors.
  • Please note that you have to register your Master thesis immediately once you have agreed on a topic with your supervisor.
  • When registering, you need to specify the exact topic of your Master thesis. You may change your title later, but only with the consent of your supervisor. If you need to change your title, please contact your supervisor and ask them by mail cc'ing the Economics Examination Office so that they can give their consent to the title change, and so that we can implement it.
  • Starting with the day of the registration, you have four months to finish your Master thesis.
  • If you want to submit your Master thesis before the end of the semester, i.e. before 31 March or 30 September, you need to register your thesis no later than 30 November or 31 May respectively, if you plan on using the full four months of writing time for the thesis.
  • Please find the style guide for the Master thesis here: Master thesis style guide.

Note: There is a difference between the allocation process and the registration of the Master thesis. Before registering the Master thesis, students need to find a supervisor and agree on a topic. The four month period you have for writing your thesis starts only once you have registered your thesis with the Examination Office (Prüfungsamt).

The Examination Office informs all supervisors at four specific dates a year about the number of theses allocated to each supervisor. The dates for the winter semester are 1 October and 1 December; for the summer semester they are 1 April and 1 June.

Students may contact a supervisor at any time. There is no longer a central allocation/application process at the Economics Examination Office.

The following supervisors are available for the supervision of theses




Auster, Sarah, Prof. Dr.

Information Economics, Contract Theory, Decision Theory

Bayer, Christian, Prof. Dr.

Macroeconomics, Applied Econometrics, Labour Economics, Investment Dynamics no

Boneva, Teodora, Prof., Ph.D.

Education Economics, Labor Economics no

Brandi, Clara, Prof. Dr.

International Economics, Development Economics, Environmental Economics, Political Economy, Transformation to sustainability, International trade, preferential trade agreements, WTO, trade and environment, Global Governance, focus international trade, climate, energy, sustainable development, Sustainable Production and Consumption, Green Economy, Sustainable Finance, Sustainable Development, 2030 Agenda, SDGs, Urbane Transformation, International Normative Theory no

Brandl, Florian, Prof. Dr.

Decision Theory, Social Choice, Matching Theory no

Brendler, Pavel, JProf., Ph.D.

My broad interests include macroeconomics, public finance and political economy.

Breunig, Christoph, Prof. Dr

Econometrics no

Budde, Jörg, Prof. Dr.

Managerial Accounting, Performance Measurement, Incentive Contracts

Dilmé, Francesc, Prof. Ph.D.

Applied Microeconomic Theory with a particular emphasis in dynamic trade models with asymmetric information no

Dohmen, Thomas, Prof. Dr.

Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics, Applied Microeconometrics, Life-Cycle formation of Cognitive & Non-cognitive Skills, Psychology of Incentives, Personnel and Organizational Economics no

Falk, Armin, Prof. Dr. 

Behavioral Economics, Neuroeconomics, Experimental Economics, Labor Economics

Freyberger, Joachim Prof. Dr.


Gaudecker, von, Hans-Martin, Prof. Dr.

Modelling the life-cycle behaviour of households and informing public policy aiming to reduce inequality

Hagen, von, Jürgen, Prof. Dr.

Economic Policy and Policy Coordination in Open Economies, Monetary Theory and Policy, European Economic Integration,International Finance, Public Finance  no

Hakenes, Hendrik, Prof. Dr.

Banking and finance (Risk management, Banking regulation, Systemic risk, Contract theory), Industrial economics (Reputation, Market structure)

Hintermaier, Thomas, Prof. Dr.

Macroeconomics and financial economics

Hochmuth, Brigitte, Prof. PhD

Macroeconomics, Banking, Heterogeneity, Labor Markets

Hoppe-Fischer, Eva, Prof. Dr.

Contract Theory, Experimental Economics

Huber, Stephanie, Prof. PhD

Behavioral Macroeconomics and Finance, Household Finance, Macro-Finance, Housing Markets

Iftikhar, Zainab, Prof. PhD.

International Migration, Family Economics, Development and Growth, Labour Economics no

Iliewa, Zwetelina, JProf. Dr.

Behavioral Finance no

Imhof, Lorens, Prof. Dr.

Stochastic models with applications in Game Theory

Kleiner, Andreas, Prof. Dr.

Mechanism Design, Game Theory, Information Economics

Kneip, Alois, Prof. Dr.

Functional data analysis, Nonparametric and semiparametric statistics, Frontier analysis, Aggregation

Krähmer, Daniel, Prof. Dr.

Microeconomic Theory, Behavioral Theory, Contract Theory

Kräkel, Matthias, Prof. Dr.

Personnel Economics, Organization Economics, Theory of the Firm

Kube, Sebastian, Prof. Dr. 

I am very interested in the importance of interdependent (other-regarding) preferences for economic behavior. In general, I am using field and laboratory experiments to explore corresponding research questions from the areas of personnel and labor economics, public economics, and law.

Kuester, Keith, Prof. Dr.

Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics, Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics no

Lauermann, Stephan, Prof. Dr.

Microeconomic Theory and Suchtheorie

Liebl, Dominik, Prof. Dr.

Applied Statistics, Nonparametric and Semiparametric Statistics, Functional Data Analysis no

Mink, Julia, JProf. PhD

Environmental Economics, Empirical Health and Labor Economics, Inequality no

Mitkov, Yuliyan, JProf.

Financial economics, banking and macroeconomics

Moldovanu, Benny, Prof. Dr.

Mechanism design, social choice, matching no
Noack, Claudia, JProf. PhD Econometrics, Causal Inference, Nonparametric Econometrics

Rady, Sven, Prof., Ph.D

My research is concerned with the dynamics of individual decisions under uncertainty and the resulting equilibrium processes. Applications range from financial and real estate markets to industrial organization and information economics (see contributions to Research Area I), with the latter being the main focus of my current work. no

Saidi, Farzad, Prof. Dr.

Banking, financial intermediation, monetary-policy transmission through banks, financial stability no

Sandmann, Klaus, Prof. Dr.

Institute for Financial Economics and Statistics

Schiprowski, Amelie, JProf. Dr.

Applied Microeconomics, with a focus on Labor and Public Economics no

Schnabel, Isabel Prof. Dr.

Banking (banking stability and regulation, “too big to fail,” systemic risk); International finance (financial crises, financial integration, capital flows); Applied econometrics; Economic history (financial crises and institutions); Financial law and economics no

Schwank, Hanna, JProf. PhD.

Labor Economics; Economic History; Gender Economics; Development Economics; Political Economy no

Szalay, Dezsö, Prof. Dr.

Contract Theory, Economics of Information, Financial Contracting, Industrial Organization, Game Theory

Tatur, Tymon, Prof. Ph.D.

no information available

von Wangenheim, Jonas, JProf.

Microeconomics no

Zeng, Jing, Prof. Dr.

Corporate finance, financial intermediation, security design, asymmetric information and optimal contracting no

Zhang, Mengxi, JProf., Ph.D.


Applied Microeconomic Theory and Mechanism Design

Zimmermann, Florian, Prof, PhD 

Behavioral, experimental and labor economics On request only

* The supervisor is available according to the infomation received by the Examination Office (Prüfungsamt) if there is no entry in this column.

Please check for further information on the websites of the supersivors. For contact information see here.

The thesis submitted to the Examination Office must be signed in the original (no scan, digital signature or copy), bound and in triplicate. It is to be sent by post, whereby the postmark (not the date of receipt) is decisive as the date of submission. It can also be dropped into our mailbox at the Juridicum or it can be handed in in person during our presence office hours only. The pdf file must be sent to the Examination Office on the same day by e-mail from your address. Please refrain from cc'ing your supervisors, as the examination procedure is handled exclusively by the Examination Office. Please also note that the special rule that theses submitted in person can still be submitted the following day until 11:00 a.m. after the deadline currently does not apply.

Once you have received your final grade and your final document (diploma and certificate) you may hand in a written application (by e-mail) to the Economics Examination Office in order to inspect the first and second evaluation of your Master thesis (by 6 months after having received your final documents).

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