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11th RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics


The 11th RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics took place from 21 – 22 February 2018 at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Out of more than 200 submissions from over 20 countries, the scientific committee selected 84 participants from 15 countries. The topics of the presentations covered various fields of economics, e.g. Applied Econometrics, Macroeconomics, Financial Markets, Energy Economics, Migration & Integration and others.

The social program of this year's conference led participants to the Zollverein Coalmine Industrial Complex in Essen. During the two-hour tour the conference participants learned about the cultural heritage of the Ruhr Area.

In the evening, keynote speaker Professor Dr. Katharina Morik from the chair for artificial intelligence at the department of computer science at TU Dortmund University bridged the gap between machine learning and economics with her talk about opportunities for using sophisticated models of learning on restricted devices that are ubiquitous in the Internet of Things. These machine learning methods are used on a more frequent basis in economic analysis, too, and will become even more important in the future.

The last day of the conference ended with the best paper award ceremony. Four papers were nominated for this prize, worth 500 Euro. Aljoscha Janssen from the Stockholm School of Economics was the deserved winner for his paper “Price Dynamics of Swedish Pharmaceuticals”.

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.