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5th RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics

University of Duisburg-Essen

Lotharstraße 57, 47057 Duisburg
February 27-29, 2012

February 27 (Mon): Arrival and informal get-together in the evening.

On Monday (27th) evening at 7pm, we have booked table at Pizzeria Da Roberto, Duisburg Dellplatz 13. Whomever has already arrived in Duisburg is more than welcome to join us there for a bite to eat or drink.

February 28 (Tue): 8:00 - 20:30, registration, presentation sessions, visit to the ThyssenKrupp Steel factory, including a light dinner.

February 29 (Wed): 9:00 - 17:00, presentation sessions, keynote speech (invitation flyer), best paper award, departure.

Conference Program:

Below you find the final program and session overview of the 5th RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics.

Conference Program (PDF)Overview Conference Session (PDF)

Call for Papers:

Submission deadline was December 10, 2011.  Applications for submission are now closed.

Decisions will be made by the scientific committee and notifications of acceptance will be announced after January 15, 2012.


Call for papers (PDF)
  • Full papers with JEL classification codes
  • Electronic version of your CV including contact information

Aim and Scope:

The aim of the Conference is to facilitate the exchange and discussion of research results on an international level by bringing together top PhD students and experienced researchers in a professional and social forum. The Conference serves to provide a stimulating environment in which doctoral students from a variety of top universities and research institutions can exchange ideas, establish informal networks and initiate future collaborative research.

Topics of interest:

Both empirical and theoretical papers will be considered. The range of topics covers all research areas in Economics including

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics
  • Financial Markets
  • International Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Labour and Demographic Economics
  • Population Economics
  • Industrial Organization

Keynote Speaker:

The keynote speech will be given by Prof. Dr. Beatrice Weder di Mauro, Gutenberg University Mainz.

Topic: Euro quo vadis?

Time: February 29, 11:00-12:30

Location: Gerhard-Mercator-Haus

Your Invitation to the Public Speech

Scientific Committee:

  • Prof. Dr. Erwin Amann (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer (Ruhr-University Bochum & RWI)
  • Prof. Dr. Ansgar Belke (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Busse (Ruhr-University Bochum)
  • Prof. Dr. Volker Clausen (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Manuel Frondel (Ruhr-University Bochum & RWI)
  • Prof. Dr. Kornelius Kraft (TU Dortmund University)
  • Prof. Dr. Walter Krämer (TU Dortmund University)
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Leininger (TU Dortmund University)
  • Prof. Dr. Ludger Linnemann (TU Dortmund University)
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfram Richter (TU Dortmund University)
  • Prof. Dr. Julio R. Robledo (Ruhr-University Bochum)
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Roos (Ruhr-University Bochum & RWI)
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Schabert (TU Dortmund University)
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph M. Schmidt (Ruhr-University Bochum & RWI)
  • Prof. Dr. Reinhold Schnabel (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Jens Südekum (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Thorsten Upmann (University of Duisburg-Essen)


The closest airport (Flughafen) is Dusseldorf.  Take the train to Duisburg Hauptbahnhof (main station) - this should take approximately 10 minutes with the RE (Regional Express).
From Duisburg Hbf, walk to the Osteingang (East exit) and take a bus to Uni-Nord (Bus 933 for example).

Guideline for Paper Presentation:

Please familiarise yourself with the presentation guidelines and adhere to the instructions during the conference.

Room Equipment:

Each room is equipped with a computer and beamer (projector). Please bring your presentation file on a USB memory stick. We strongly recommend choosing the PDF  file format; otherwise it may not be possible for the software to display all fonts correctly.


Each Session lasts for 1 and a half hours for 3 presenters, i.e. 30 minutes for each paper. All presenters should arrive well in advance to ensure that no technical problems occur. Each presenter has 20 minutes for presentation, followed by a 5 minute presentation by the discussant and another 5 minutes for general discussion. Please respect the time limit both when presenting your paper and during the discussion. The chairs are advised to enforce the given time constraints.

Session Chair:

A professor from the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics will chair the session. The chair welcomes and introduces the participants, moderates the open discussion and supervises that time constraints are met. If the session's chair is absent, the last presenter listed should take the role of the chair.


Every presenter is assigned to be the discussant of the previous paper in the same session. Accordingly, the second speaker is discussant of the first paper, the third speaker is discussant of the second paper and the first speaker is discussant of the last paper.


Ruhr Graduate School in Economics
Dr. Vivien Procher
Hohenzollernstraße 1-3
45128 Essen

Tel.: +49 (0)201 8149 512
Fax.: +49 (0)201 8149 200