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1st RGS Jamboree

11.11.2010

By saying that his “life satisfaction” had significantly improved, Prof. Wolfgang Leininger (one of the two directors of the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics) concluded the first RGS Jamboree held on the 10th and 11th of November.  This statement was a nod to the topic of some of the 19 scientific talks given by the doctoral students during this “mini conference” of the RGS Econ which triggered many lively discussions.

The “Jamboree” – in its classical meaning a gathering of scouts – was a large gathering indeed, with 15 professors and 30 doctoral students of the RGS Econ.  Haus Bommerholz, a guest house and conference facility at the TU Dortmund university, served as a perfect venue for the Jamboree.  The Jamboree bundled all the talks normally given separately over the course of a whole semester.  The presentations sparked a lot of questions, comments and constructive critique.  The official Welcome Ceremony of the 7th cohort of RGS doctoral students concluded the offical aspect of the first day and led to a cheerful get-together at the bar in the evening.

On both days of the workshop, the audience learned a lot about a wide variety of economic topics such as „second generation migrants“, „further education“, „business cycle synchroni-zation“, or „rural electrification“ and even risk behavior in the “Quiz Taxi”. After the full two-day schedule (perfectly organised by Vivien Procher and Stefan Rumpf) even RGS director Leininger admitted being “a bit exhausted”. But seeing the RGS Econ in action, meeting all program participants and learning about their recent research, was a very exciting and worthwhile experience.
Authors: Frauke Dobnik & Jonas Keil

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