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RGS Eighth Doctoral Conference


The eighth RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics took place from 25 - 27 February 2015 at the University of Duisburg-Essen. For the eighth time doctoral students from national and international universities presented their work in eighteen different sessions. The topics of the presentations covered various fields of economics e.g. Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Health Economics, Resource Economics, Financial Economics, Migration Economics and Public Economics.

The scientific committee selected 54 participants out of 130 applicants who were invited to present their work during the three-day doctoral conference that took place in Essen. Over 50 percent of the presenters were international PhD students and came from universities abroad.

The conference started with the introductory remarks provided by Prof. Dr. Linnemann, director of the RGS Econ. Professor Linnemann holds a chair for Applied Economics at the University of Dortmund and heads the RGS Econ since 2014 together with Prof. Dr. Schmidt.

One of the conferenceā€™s social activities was a guided tour through the Zollverein Coalmine. During the two-hour tour the conference participants learned about the cultural heritage of the Ruhr Area.

The keynote speech was a scientific highlight of the conference. The distinguished keynote speaker was Prof. Dr. Isabel Schnabel who holds a chair for financial economics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and is a Member of the German council of economic experts. After Prof. Dr. Thomas Spitzley (Vice-Rector for Development & Resource Planning) welcomed the conference participants on behalf of the university, Professor Schnabel hold a talk on "Financial Sector Reforms and Implicit Bail-Out Guarantees in the Euro Area" that was accompanied by a vivid discussion. At the reception following the keynote speech, the conference participants had the chance to mingle and to discussĀ  their research and the keynote speech.

The conference ended with the best paper award ceremony. Seven young researchers were nominated for this prize worth 500 Euro. Agnes Vosen from the University of Bonn was the deserved winner and won this award for her work "Can being behind get you Ahead? Reference Dependence and Asymmetric Equilibria in an Unfair Tournament".

The Ruhr Graduate School in Economics is very proud to host young researchers from all over the world at its annual conference and thanks the sponsors and all participants for a very inspiring and productive conference.