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Research Centers associated with the Department of Economics

  • The Laboratory of Experimental Research in Economics (BonnEconLab) was founded by Nobel Laureate Reinhard Selten (1930–2016) in 1984. It is the oldest institution of its kind in Europe. 
  • The Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE) was founded in 1998. It offers excellent graduate education in a structured doctoral program based on international standards.
  • The Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (HCM) is a Cluster of Excellence within the Excellence Initiative by the German federal and state governments. It was established in 2006 with the title "Mathematics: Foundations, Models, Applications". Its work thematically comprises a broad spectrum of mathematics as well as mathematical economics.
  • The Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) is a private research institute funded by the Deutsche Post Foundation. It focuses on the analysis of national and international labor markets and offers policy advice on labor market issues.
  • The Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods (MPI) was established in 2003. Its mission is to study the law, economics, and politics of collective goods. Major projects include the analysis of incentives for the revelation of public-goods preferences, the design of institutions for the provision of collective goods, and the regulation of financial markets and financial institutions in order to safeguard financial stability.
  • The Behavior and Inequality Research Institute (briq) was founded in 2016. It is a research platform seeking to advance innovative thinking about the sources and consequences of inequality while pushing the frontiers of behavioral economics research.
  • The Center for Economics and Neuroscience (CENs) was founded in 2009 with the aim to study economic and social behavior in an interdisciplinary approach. It hosts faculty members and students from Economics, Neuroscience and Psychology.
  • The Research Training Group 1707 "Heterogeneity, Risk, and Dynamics in Economic Systems" was sponsered  by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2011 - 2015.
  • The Collaborative Research Center TR 15 "Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems" existed from 2004 - 2015. It was a cooperation of the Department of Economics in Bonn, University of Mannheim, ZEW Mannheim, FU Berlin, HU Berlin and LMU Munich.





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