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Department of Economics

The Department of Economics offers German and international students a broad and well-guided education that is characterized by close personal contact and great flexibility in combining courses. The Bachelor (BSc) in Economics introduces the foundations of economic theory. This includes micro- and macroeconomic theory and quantitative methods such as mathematics, statistics, and econometrics. Beyond, students have the opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of Public Economics, Finance, and Social Policy, Competition Theory and International Economics.


The Potsdam BSc offers students great flexibility to augment their study program with noneconomic classes from diverse fields. Examples are business administration, law, and sociology or combined programs such as economics and history, economics and philosophy or economics and languages. Also, it is possible to attain a BSc in Policy and Economics that deliberately combines economics with political science.

The  Master of Science (MSc) in Economics deepens the knowledge acquired in a bachelor's program and offers students a profound specialization in various fields of economic methods. The peculiarity of the Potsdam MSc Economics is thereby its strong economic policy orientation and its specialization in the areas of evidence-based economic research and quantitative economic policy. The economics group has further strong expertise in Behavioral Economics, Economics of Climate Change, Urban Economics, Energy Economics, Environmental Economics, Growth and Development Economics.


Contrary to large economics faculties in other universities, Potsdam can offer students intensive support and close contact with professors. This allows to provide a research-oriented education and to actively assist students in their career development. 

 

The Department of Economics endorses students to participate in research and therefore offers research colloquia as well as the Potsdam Research Seminar in Economics which regularly invites scientists from other research institutions to communicate their work. Beyond, the Center for Economic Policy Analysis (CEPA) allows young scientists to conduct research on current socio-economic topics in cooperation with the DIW Berlin. For any students interested in further intensifying their academic career, the Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science (BDPEMS) provides a comprehensive range of in-depth courses for doctoral candidates, whereas the Potsdam Center for Quantitative Research (PCQR) strengthens networking within the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences by offering courses on empirical methods for faculty scientists.

CEPA

Center for Economic Policy Analysis (CEPA)

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PRSE

Potsdam Reserach Seminar in Economics

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PCQR

Potsdam Center for Quantitative Research

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Chairs and research topics of the Department of Economics

Research topics 

  • Public finance
  • Political economics
  • Urban and regional economics
  • Environmental economics

 

 

     

    Teaching

    • Public finance (Bachelor)
    • Political Economics (Master)
    • Urban Economics (Master)
    • Environmental Economics (Master)

      Research topics 

      • Public finance
      • Political economics
      • Urban and regional economics
      • Environmental economics

       

       

         


        Research topics 

        • Industrial organization
        • Behavioral economics
        • Experimental economics

         

         

          Teaching

          • Microeconomics
          • Behavioral economics

            Research topics 

            • Industrial organization
            • Behavioral economics
            • Experimental economics

             

             


              Research topics

              • Evaluation of Labor Market Programs
              • Job Search and Unemployment Dynamics
              • Entrepreneurship, Self-Employment, Start-up Subsidies
              • Personality Traits, Preferences and Economic Outcomes
              • Applied Microeconometrics

                    Teaching

                    • Statistics
                    • Econometrics
                    • Public policy evaluation
                    • Applied economics research

                      Research topics

                      • Evaluation of Labor Market Programs
                      • Job Search and Unemployment Dynamics
                      • Entrepreneurship, Self-Employment, Start-up Subsidies
                      • Personality Traits, Preferences and Economic Outcomes
                      • Applied Microeconometrics

                            Research topics

                              • Dynamic macroeconomics
                              • International macroeconomics
                              • Growth and distribution

                                Teaching

                                • Macroeconomics
                                • Growth and distribution
                                • Monetary policy

                                  Research topics

                                    • Dynamic macroeconomics
                                    • International macroeconomics
                                    • Growth and distribution

                                      Research topics

                                      • Environmental economics
                                      • Public economics
                                      • Sustainable growth

                                      Teaching

                                      • Economics of climate change
                                      • Environmental policy analysis

                                      Research topics

                                      • Environmental economics
                                      • Public economics
                                      • Sustainable growth

                                      Research topics

                                      • Entrepreneurship research
                                      • Experimental and behavioral economics
                                      • Institutional economics and microfinance

                                        Teaching

                                        • Institutional economics
                                        • Entrepreneurship and innovation

                                          Research topics

                                          • Entrepreneurship research
                                          • Experimental and behavioral economics
                                          • Institutional economics and microfinance

                                            Research topics

                                                • Industrial Organization (Collusive Agreements, Competition Law Compliance Programs etc.)
                                                • Competition Policy in Developing Countries
                                                • Competition and Trade (State Aid Control, AfCFTA)

                                                  Teaching

                                                      • Einführung in die VWL
                                                      • Reale und monetäre Außenwirtschaftstheorie
                                                      • International Political Economics
                                                      • Development Economics

                                                        Research topics

                                                            • Industrial Organization (Collusive Agreements, Competition Law Compliance Programs etc.)
                                                            • Competition Policy in Developing Countries
                                                            • Competition and Trade (State Aid Control, AfCFTA)

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