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7th RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics

26.-28.02.2014

The 7th RGS Doctoral Conference of the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics successfully took place from February 26th to February 28th. This year the conference was hosted at Internationales Begegnungszentrum (IBZ) of TU Dortmund University. Its 60 presenters from 13 different countries (including USA, Turkey or France) covered a broad range of topics from all areas of economics.

On the 26th the conference kicked off with an informal get-together at HÖVELS brewery to get to know all conference participants. Regional specialties and homemade beer were enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere.

Early on Thursday the 27th the scientific program of the conference began. Prof. Ludger Linnemann officially opened the conference in the IBZ. The kind introduction was followed by 12 sessions on various topics such as Public Policy, Monetary Policy or Income Inequality. Each session was chaired by a Professor of the RGS Econ faculty, which facilitated lively and constructive discussions.

In the afternoon the program was eased up with a guided tour through the Signal Iduna Park. The famed soccer stadium, home to Borussia Dortmund, is one of the prominent landmarks of the city of Dortmund just next to the University campus. The conference participants had the chance to visit the dressing rooms, sit in the team dug-out and catch a glimpse at the stadiums own jail.

Scientific highlight of the conference was the keynote speech by Prof. Lars P. Feld (member of the German Council of Economic Experts) on the topic of sustainability of Germany's public finances. The topic of the talk let to interesting discussions after the presentation which continued into the reception with finger food and drinks.

On Friday the 28th another eight sessions of three presentations each took place. In the afternoon the conference ended with the best paper award ceremony. This year's award went to Timothy Yeung from the University of Toulouse for his paper on "Legal Systems and Electoral Rules".

The Ruhr Graduate School in Economics is proud to have added another successful edition to the already impressive history of this event and likes to thank all participants for their high quality presentations and all the helpful hands for their contributions in organizing the event.