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7th RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics

Technische Universität Dortmund
Internationales Begegnungszentrum
Emil-Figge-Str. 59
44227 Dortmund
February 26-28, 2014

Conference Program:

Below you can find the .pdf Version of our program booklet. Copies will be supported at registration.

ProgramSession Overview

Keynote Speaker:

The conference has a prestigious history in attracting keynote speakers; among them in particular Economic Advisors to the Chancellor of the Federal Republic; a history and tradition we are proud of.

This year, Prof. Dr. Lars P. Feld will lecture on the topic:

"Why Germany has to consolidate its Public Finances:
The Sustainability of Public Debt in Germany

According to a prestigious German Newspaper (F.A.Z.), Prof. Dr. Lars P. Feld is the German economist with the most influence (measured in terms of research, policy advice and media attention). Since 2003, Lars P. Feld has been a member of the Scientific Advisors to the Federal Ministry of Finance.  In 2007, he was named an expert to the Bundesrat and Bundestag commission for the modernization of federal financial relations (Federalism Commission II) and contributed as an advisor on the subject of the new German debt brake measures. Since 2011 Prof. Dr. Lars P. Feld is a member of the German Council of Economic Experts (Sachverständigenrat zur Begutachtung der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Entwicklung).


Arriving by train:
From the main train station in Dortmund (Dortmund Hbf), you can take the train S1 towards "Solingen Hbf". You will need to leave the tram at the station "Dortmund Universität S". From here it is a 10 minute walk to the conference location.

Arriving by car:
Leave the highway A40 or A45 at the exit "Dortmund West", from here just follow the signs saying "Universität".

Location on campus:
The conference will take place at the "International Meeting Center (IBZ)" of the TU Dortmund.

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.


We recommend you some hotels in Dortmund, located near the TU Dortmund University, which offer a limited number of rooms for special rates. Please refer to "RGS Conference" at the TU Dortmund University when making the reservation in order to obtain the special rates.

TRYP Hotel,
Rates: EUR 81,- for a single room (breakfast incl.)
Distance: Walking distance to the university
Emil-Figge-Str. 41, 44227 Dortmund
Phone +49 (0) 231 97050

Website of the hotel

NH Hotel,
Rates: EUR 76,- for a single room (breakfast incl.)
Distance: Close to Dortmund main station, take train (S1) to the university (6 min.)
Königswall 1, 44137 Dortmund
Phone: +49 (0) 231 90550

Get special rates here.

Website of the hotel

Steigenberger Hotel,
Rates: EUR 76,- for a single room (breakfast incl.)
Distance: 3.5km to the university
Berswordtstraße 2, 44139 Dortmund
Phone: +49 (0) 231 9021-0

Website of the hotel

Ring-Hotel Drees,
Rates: EUR 66,- for a single room (breakfast incl.)
Distance: 4km to the university
Hohe Straße 107, 44139 Dortmund
Phone: +49 (0) 231 1299-0

Website of the hotel

For this hostel no special rates can be offered:

A + O Hostel,
Rates: EUR 15,- to 38,- per room/night
Distance: Close to Dortmund main station, take train (S1) to the university (6 min.)
Königswall 2, 44137 Dortmund

Website of the hotel

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.

Best Paper Award: The RGS Econ offers a prize of EUR 500 for the best paper to be submitted and presented at the Conference.

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

Scientific Committee:

  • Prof. Erwin Amann
  • Prof. Timo Baas
  • Prof. Thomas Bauer
  • Dr. Beckmann
  • Prof. Ansgar Belke
  • Prof. Jeanette Brosig-Koch
  • Prof. Matthias Busse
  • Prof. Christoph Schmidt
  • Prof. Stefan Felder
  • Prof. Manuel Frondel
  • Prof. Christoph Hanck
  • Prof. Ludger Linnemann
  • Prof. Lars Metzger
  • Prof. Marie Paul
  • Prof. Wolfram Richter
  • Prof. Julio Robledo
  • Prof. Michael Roos
  • Prof. Hendrik Schmitz
  • Prof. Reinhold Schnabel
  • Prof. Tobias Seidel
  • Prof. Michael Stein
  • Prof. Jens Südekum
  • Prof. Thorsten Upmann
  • Prof. Martin Wagner
  • Prof. Dominik Wied
  • Prof. Roland Winkler

Call for Papers:

Submission deadline is December 9, 2013.

Please, send the following documents in PDF format to :

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

Decisions will be made by the scientific committee and notifications of acceptance were announced on January 15, 2014.

There is no participation fee. Presenters have to cover their own travel and accomodation expenses.


Ruhr Graduate School in Economics
Dr. Michael Kind
Hohenzollernstraße 1-3
45128 Essen

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