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RGS Ninth Doctoral Conference


The 9th RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics took place from 23 – 25 February 2016 at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Out of more than 110 submissions from over 20 countries, the scientific committee selected 53 participants from 11 countries. The topics of the presentations covered various fields of economics, e.g. Applied Econometrics, Macroeconomics, Energy Economics, Financial Markets, Migration & Integration and many more.

The social program of this year's conference led participants to the German mining museum. We visited an exhibition in a coal mine 20 meter below ground and got an impression of the remarkable relevance of coal mining in the development of the Ruhr Area. A highlight of the tour was the view from the top of the historical pithead frame where the participants could enjoy the view over Bochum and its' surrounding area.

In the evening, keynote speaker Prof. Volker Wieland, PhD presented a framework for systematic comparative macroeconomic analysis and applications using a range of recent macro-financial models that can be used to formulate effective and robust economic policy strategies.

The last day of the conference ended with the best paper award ceremony. Four papers were nominated for this prize, worth 500 Euro. Pavol Majher from the Vienna Graduate School of Economics was the deserved winner for his paper “Firm Entry and Exit, Investment Irreversibility, and Business Cycle Dynamics”.

The RGS Doctoral Conference was a great possibility to meet with fellow doctoral students. The constructive scientific atmosphere resulted in fruitful discussions with colleagues from all over the world.

The Ruhr Graduate School in Economics gratefully thanks all participants and those who helped organize this year’s conference.