Welcome to the Department of Economics


Department of Economics 

 Wilhelm-Selig-Platz 1. Foto: © S. Wende


The Department of Economics at Kiel University enjoys an international reputation for the high quality of its faculty and students. The Department collaborates closely with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in both research and teaching, jointly conducting research projects, holding research seminars and instructing students in its Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. programs. Its faculty has published widely in leading international journals and has made important contributions to economic policy debates. The research strengths of the Department include, among other things, international economics, environmental and resource economics, quantitative finance, and experimental economics. It houses a state-of-the-art experimental economics laboratory. The Economics Department attracts faculty and students from around the world. For the graduate program and selected undergraduate courses, the language of instruction is English. Other classes at the Bachelor level are taught in German.


DFG project on effects of COVID-19 pandemic

March 31, 2021

Robert Hassink (Institute of Geography at Kiel University) and Annekatrin Niebuhr (Department of Economics at Kiel University) receive a grant by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for a 3-year project on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on regional resilience and disparities in China and Germany.

Obituary Johannes Bröcker

January 27, 2021

The Institute for Economics mourns the loss of Prof. Dr. Johannes Bröcker, who passed away all too soon on January 19, 2021. To the complete obitaury.

DFG grant for project „Inequality in life expectancy“

January 22, 2021

For a 3-year project on socioeconomic differences in life expectancy, Sebastian Köhne has received a grant of 280.000 EUR by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Research paper will be presented at a press conference at the ifo Institute

January 22, 2021

On February 3rd 2021 at 10 a.m., there will be an online press conference on the results of a field study over several years, in which Jens Ruhose together with colleagues from the ifo Institute and the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt have examined the effects for one of the largest mentoring programs for disadvantaged adolescence in Germany, "Rock Your Life!". Among other things, the authors have studied whether the school grades, social skills, patience and labor market orientation of the program participants had developed better after one year than among adolescence who did not take part. The press conference is broadcast via live stream at https://www.ifo.de/live. The event will also be recorded and will be available later in the ifo media library.

DFG Senate Commission on Fundamental Issues of Biodiversity

January 22, 2021

On 10 December 2020, the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) elected Katrin Rehdanz as a member of the permanent Senate Commission on Fundamental Issues of Biodiversity. The Senate Commission functions as an independent, interdisciplinary expert forum, continually evaluating and presenting new scientific findings in terms of their societal and political significance. The Commission also advises DFG bodies, government and society on heavily debated topics relating to biodiversity and prepares position papers on behalf of the DFG.

Open CQF Institute Talk with Thomas Lux

January 9, 2021

In an open online talk at the CQF (Certificate in Quantitative Finance) Institute (Link) on Wednesday, 3rd Feb 2021, Thomas Lux will offer an introduction to agent-based modelling (ABM) in finance. ABM uses stochastic simulation models of the interaction of a diverse ensemble of heterogeneous investors to mimic real-world patterns of financial trading within an artificial market. The talk will illustrate the construction principles of ABMs, how they can explain financial stylized facts, and how the empirical validation of agent-based models can be used to extract information on 'hidden' variables such as sentiment which constitutes a salient building block of such models.

New forthcoming paper "The Social Dynamics of COVID-19" by Thomas Lux

January 9, 2021

For almost a full year, the  corona crisis provides a unique challenge to the health systems and economies around the globe. In his forthcoming paper "The Social Dynamics of COVID-19" (Link), Thomas Lux investigates the consequences of  adaptive "social distancing" measures within a standard epidemiological  model of the COVID pandemic. With a limited attention span and in the absence of a consistent long-term strategy against the pandemic, current social distancing measures are shown to lead to fluctuations in the effective reproduction number around its so-called bifurcation value of unity. While mitigating the pandemic in the short-run, such a process remains intrinsically fragile and does not constitute a sustainable strategy that societies could follow for an extended period of time.

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