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Important information about Economics classes

Please also visit the websites http://www2.vwl.uni-mannheim.de/35.1.html (for undergraduate courses) and http://master.vwl.uni-mannheim.de/incomings.php (for graduate courses) to obtain updated and more detailed information about the courses. Should you have any questions, you are welcome to contact  the respective coordinator:

for Bachelor courses: Ms Christiane Cischinsky (christiane.cischinsky@uni-mannheim.de)

for Master courses: Ms Rima Ashour (econgrad@uni-mannheim.de)

 

 

Angewandte Mikroökonometrie mit STATA / Applied Microeconometrics with STATA

(Lecture and Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:Lecture and ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Irene Bertschekibertsch@mail.uni-mannheim.de Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre
Dr. Benjamin Engelstätter  Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (weekly) 06.09.2013 - 06.12.201312:00 - 13:30L 9, 1-2, 002
Fri (weekly) 06.09.2013 - 06.12.201314:00 - 15:30L 7, 3-5, 158
Description:

Course title: Angewandte Mikroökonometrie mit STATA / Applied Microeconometrics with STATA

Instructor: Prof. Dr. Irene Bertschek / Benjamin Engelstätter

Offered: every fall semester

Method (hours per week): Lecture (2), practical exercises (2)

Course Level: Bachelor

Course Language: German or English

Prerequisites: Microeconomics, Statistics, Basic Econometrics

Examination: written final exam, 90 min., and practical exercises

ECTS-Credits: 7

Course description: This course will give an overview of microeconometric tools and their applications to large-scale micro-data. Students will learn how to choose and apply appropriate econometric tools considering OLS regression, instrumental variable estimation, discrete choice methods, panel data analysis etc. The focus will be on identification issues and on developing a convincing research design. Moreover, the course will provide an introduction to social network analysis.

 

Contact person: Irene Bertschek, E-Mail: bertschek@zew.de, Tel. 1235-178, L7,1, room 347.

 

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Begrüßung Incomings VWL/Orientation Session Exchange Students Econ

(Introductory course, English) Details
Lecture Type:Introductory courseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Christiane Cischinskychristiane.cischinsky@uni-mannheim.de Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (Single date) 30.08.201312:00 - 13:30L 7, 3-5, S 031
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Behavioral Economic Policy

(Intensive seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Philipp Zahnpzahn@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre ,
Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, Wirtschaftspolitik
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (Single date) 05.09.201313:45 - 15:15L 7, 3-5, P 044
Tue (Single date) 24.09.201315:30 - 17:00L 7, 3-5, 410
Sat (Single date) 19.10.201309:00 - 18:00L 7, 3-5, P 044
Sun (Single date) 20.10.201309:00 - 18:00L 7, 3-5, P 044
Description:

Course title: Behavioral Economic Policy
Instructor: Dr. Philipp Zahn
Method (hours per week): Blockseminar (2)
Course level: Bachelor
Course language: English
Examination: Seminar presentation; seminar paper; participation in class
ECTS-Credits: 6


Course description: 

In this seminar we will discuss issues at the intersection between behavioral economics and public policy. We will cover various topics, such as environmental policy, financial regulation, consumer protection and internet privacy issues.

The first introductory meeting will take place on Thursday, 5th September 2013, 13:45 - 15:15 in room L7,3-5 - P 044.  The assignment of specific topics will be discussed in this initial meeting.

Student presentations will take place on Saturday, 19th October 2013 and Sunday, 20th October 2013.

 

Contact person:  Philipp Zahn, Tel.: (+)49 621 181 1887, eMail: philipp.zahn@econ.uni-mannheim.de, Office: L 7 3-5, room 2-04

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CC 502 Applied Econometrics

(Lecture and Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:Lecture and ExerciseECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:In exceptional cases open for undergraduate students. Please contact Christiane.Cischinsky@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Steffen Reinhold (responsible)   Juniorprofessur VWL, Empirische Ökonomik ,
Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre
Johannes Schoch (associate)   Juniorprofessur VWL, Empirische Ökonomik ,
Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 06.12.201310:15 - 11:45A 5, 6 Bauteil B, B 144
Wed (weekly) 11.09.2013 - 06.12.201313:45 - 15:15L 15, 1-6 (Hochhaus), A 001
Wed (weekly) 11.09.2013 - 06.12.201313:45 - 15:15L 7, 3-5, 158
Wed (weekly) 11.09.2013 - 06.12.201315:30 - 17:00L 15, 1-6 (Hochhaus), A 001
Wed (weekly) 11.09.2013 - 06.12.201315:30 - 17:00L 7, 3-5, 158
Description:

Aim of module: In this module we will first review some essential statistical concepts, including probability, random variables, distributions, correlation, sampling, estimation, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. The second part will provide a treatment of the principles and uses of simple and multivariate linear regression analysis. We will consider how results from such analyses can be interpreted and applied in the context of managerial decision-making. Furthermore, the limitations and potential pitfalls of econometric techniques will be discussed.


Learning outcomes:
•    A sound understanding of key statistical concepts and techniques
•    Familiarity with the principles and core techniques of econometric analysis and how regression results can be interpreted
•    Skills in the practical application of relevant quantitative methods

Prerequisites:
Formal:    Not taken Module CC 503
Recommended:    Knowledge of introductory statistics at bachelor level

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E516 Seminar in Labour Economics ”Empirical Analyses of Wage Formation”

(Intensive event, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive eventECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Silvia Huber-Grahl for registration: econgrad@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Privatdozentin Dr. Nicole Gürtzgen  Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (Single date) 05.09.201312:00 - 13:00L 9, 1-2, 002
Description:

 

 

Course title: Seminar Labour Economics ”Empirical Analyses of Wage Formation”

Instructor: PD Dr. Nicole Gürtzgen

Method (hours per week): Seminar (2), block seminar

Course level: Master

Course language: English

Prerequisites: Advanced Econometrics I

Examination: Seminar paper, presentation, discussion of another paper

ECTS-Credits:  5

Course description: The seminar mainly deals with topics related to ”Wage formation”, with a focus on microeconometric empirical analyses. The seminar covers topics, such as union wage differentials, minimum wages, seniority remuneration, efficiency wages, insurance contracts etc.

 

After an introductory meeting at the beginning of the semester (details still tba) the seminar takes place as a block seminar on 28th and 29th November, 09:00-18:00h 2013, at ZEW (Room 310). For more information and a list of the available topics please consult the web page of Nicole Gürtzgen at http://www.zew.de/de/mitarbeiter/mitarbeiter.php3?action=mita&;kurz=ngu. To enrol for the seminar, please send an email to Nicole Guertzgen including your matrikel number and 2-3 topics of your choice.

 

Contact person: PD Dr. Nicole Gürtzgen, phone: 0621/1235-155, ZEW, L 7, 1, email: Guertzgen zew.de

 

 

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E568 International Macroeconomics

(Lecture, English) Details
Lecture Type:LectureECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Michael Evers  Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201315:30 - 18:45B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A (Hörsaalgebäude), A 301
Wed (Single date) 18.12.201310:15 - 11:45L 7, 3-5, P 043
Description:

Prerequisites:

E601-603 or E701-703 (or equivalent).

Teaching method:

lecture (4 SWS) + exercises

Goals and Contents of the module:

The course introduces the students to the main concepts of modern open economy macroeconomics. The course will cover the following topics:

1.    Current Account

2.    Real Exchange Rates

3.    International Business Cycles

4.    Exchange Rates and Macroeconomic Policy

5.    Sovereign Debt

Expected Competences acquired after completion of the module:

After completing the course, students should be able to give reasonable answers to questions like: What determines the current account? Are large current account deficits a bad thing? How does the real exchange rate relate to the terms of trade? How are intertemporal and intratemporal trade linked? What are sources of international business cycles and what accounts for cross-country differences?  How does the conduct of monetary and fiscal policy change in the open economy?

Requirements for the assignment of ECTS-Credits and Grades.

Written examination at the end of the term (120 minutes)

Further information:

All material will be posted on course webpage at Ilias.

 

 

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E577 Macroeconomics of Inequality

(Lecture, English) Details
Lecture Type:LectureECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Dates:Time:Room:
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General Information for first semester master and PhD students in Economics

(Special event, English) Details
Lecture Type:Special eventECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
N.N.  Dekanat der Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre ,
Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (Single date) 04.09.201308:30 - 10:00L 7, 3-5, 001
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International Taxation

(Intensive seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Clemens Fuest (responsible) fuest@zew.de Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (Single date) 04.09.201317:15 - 18:45L 7, 3-5, P 044
Description:

Vorbesprechung: Mittwoch, 4.09.2013 17:15 - 18:45 Uhr

Blockseminar: Termin wird in der Vorbesprechung vereinbart

 

Anmeldung:

Bachelor-Studenten melden sich bitte bis zum 31.08.2013 per E-Mail bei Dr. Mathias Dolls (dolls@zew.de) unter Angabe einer Präferenzliste mit drei der zur Auswahl stehenden Seminarthemen an.

Seminarthemen:

1)      Die Theorie des Steuerwettbewerbs

2)      Globalisierung, Struktur der Besteuerung und die Größe des Staatssektors

3)      Unternehmenssteuern und internationale Investitionsentscheidungen

4)      Die Besteuerung des Finanzsektors: Finanztransaktionssteuer

5)      Steuerflucht und Steueroasen

6)      Steuerwettbewerb und –koordination in der Europäischen Union

7)      Fiskalunion in Europa: Konzepte und ökonomische Auswirkungen

 

Course title: International Taxation

Instructor(s): Prof. Dr. Clemens Fuest, Dr. Mathias Dolls

Offered:   Winter semester 2013, irregular cycle

Method (hours per week): block seminar (2)

Course level: Bachelor

Course language: English/German (The course will be offered either in English or in German depending on the students attending.)

Prerequisites: Finanzwissenschaft für Bachelor

Examination: seminar paper + oral presentation

ECTS-Credits: 6

 

Course description: 

Students are asked to register for the seminar until August, 31st 2013 via eMail to Dr. Mathias Dolls (dolls@zew.de) with a list of the three preferred research topics that are available.

Research topics:

1) Theory of tax competition

2) Globalization, tax structure and government size

3) Corporate taxation and FDI

4) Taxation of the financial sector: The financial transaction tax

5) Tax avoidance and tax havens

6) Tax competition and coordination in the European Union

7) Fiscal Union in Europe: Concepts and economic effects

This course examines various issues in international taxation and the role of the government in a globalized economy. Topics for term papers include corporate taxation, international taxation and tax competition, taxation of the financial sector, and globalization and the size of the government sector.

The seminar is targeted at advanced Bachelor students who have completed courses in micro and macroeconomics. Students will be assigned a research paper and write a term paper which will be presented in a block seminar.

 

 

Contact person(s):   Dr. Mathias Dolls, Tel. +49 (0)621 1235-395, E-mail: dolls@zew.de, L7, 1, room 490, n.V.

 

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Makroökonomik B (englisch) (Leduc)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
N. N.  Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 12.09.2013 - 06.12.201315:30 - 17:00L 7, 3-5, 001
Fri (weekly) 13.09.2013 - 06.12.201310:15 - 11:45L 9, 1-2, 004
Fri (Single date) 22.11.201310:15 - 11:45L 7, 3-5, S 031
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Makroökonomik B (englisch) (Zhang)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
N. N.  Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 12.09.2013 - 06.12.201313:45 - 15:15L 7, 3-5, 001
Thu (weekly) 12.09.2013 - 06.12.201319:00 - 20:30L 7, 3-5, 001
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Mikroökonomik B (englisch) (Binfield)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
N. N.  Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 09.09.2013 - 06.12.201317:15 - 18:45L 9, 1-2, 004
Thu (weekly) 12.09.2013 - 06.12.201313:45 - 15:15L 7, 3-5, P 044
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Mikroökonomik B (englisch) (Kazakova)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
N. N.  Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 09.09.2013 - 06.12.201308:30 - 10:00A 5, 6 Bauteil B, B 144
Tue (weekly) 10.09.2013 - 06.12.201308:30 - 10:00A 5, 6 Bauteil C, C 012
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Recent Empirical Evidence on the Causes of Underdevelopment

(Intensive seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Prof. Antonio Ciccone, Ph.D., E-Mail: antonio.ciccone@upf.edu.
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Antonio Ciccone (responsible)   Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre ,
Volkswirtschaftslehre, Makroökonomie und Finanzmärkte
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (Single date) 05.09.201312:00 - 13:30L 9, 1-2, 003
Fri (Single date) 29.11.201311:00 - 17:30L 9, 1-2, 003
Description:

Vorbesprechung: Donnerstag, den 05.09.2013: 12:00 - 13:30 Uhr, L9,1-2 - 003

 

Course title: Recent Empirical Evidence on the Causes of Underdevelopment
Instructor: Prof. Antonio Ciccone, Ph.D.
Offered: fall semester 2013
Method: blockseminar (2)
Course level: Bachelor
Course language: English
Prerequisites: Grundlagenphase
Examination: paper and the presentation
ECTS-Credits: 6


Course description:

We will discuss empirical contributions on the causes of underdevelopment. Students will be asked to write a paper and make a presentation on a topic of their choice.


Contact person: Prof. Antonio Ciccone, Ph.D., E-Mail: antonio.ciccone@uni-mannheim.de or secretary Gabriele Zorell, E-Mail: g.zorell@uni-mannheim.de

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Seminar on the History of Modern Economics

(Seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:SeminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Dirk Engelmann (responsible)   Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre
Andrej Svorencik (associate)   Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre - Abt. Volkswirtschaftslehre
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 06.12.201310:15 - 11:45B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A (Hörsaalgebäude), A 305
Description:

Course title: History of Modern Economics Seminar
Instructor: Andrej Svorencik (Prof. Dr. Dirk Engelmann responsible)
Method (hours per week): seminar (2)
Course level: Bachelor
Course language: English
Prerequisites: Introductory Micro + Macro
Examination: seminar paper + presentation + discussion
ECTS-Credits: 6


Course description:

This course is designed for students with basic background in economics who want to learn about the building blocks of modern economics from a historical perspective. Economics underwent several major transformations in the 20th century. Mathematical formalization, economic modeling, econometrics and economic experiments transformed it to such a degree that two economists century apart would have trouble to understand each other and practice economics in the same fashion.

The aim of this course is to understand these transformations through the study of selected Nobel Prize-winning contributions to economics. The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences has come to be associated with the most influential and path-breaking research in economics. Since its inception in 1969, over seventy scholars have been awarded it.

This is primarily a reading tutorial. Each week a combination of papers of selected Laureates and relevant non-technical secondary literature are going to be discussed and placed in historical context. This course is particularly suitable for exchange and visiting students. A note for local students: this seminar is not suitable as a preparation for writing a bachelor’s thesis. However, all students are encouraged to participate.


Contact person: Andrej Svorencik, Tel. 0621 - 181 - 3425, eMail: svorencik@uni-mannheim.de, office L7, 3-5, R 4.06

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E555 Experimental and Behavioral Economics

(Lecture and Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:Lecture and ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Silvia Huber-Grahl for registration: econgrad@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Henrik Orzen (responsible) henrik.orzen@uni-mannheim.de Junprof. VWL, Verhaltensökonomik Stefan Penczynski ,
Lehrstuhl für VWL, Business Economics
Professor Stefan Penczynski (responsible)   Junprof. VWL, Verhaltensökonomik Stefan Penczynski ,
Lehrstuhl für VWL, Business Economics
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201312:00 - 13:30L 9, 1-2, 002
Mon (Single date) 09.12.201310:15 - 12:15L 7, 3-5, P 043
Description:

Course title: Experimental and Behavioral Economics

Instructors: Prof. Dr. Henrik Orzen, Prof. Stefan Penczynski PhD

Offered: annually (fall semester)

Method: lecture (2), seminar (2)

Course level: Master

Course language: English

Prerequisites: Bachelor in Economics (MMM students: Business Economics 1)

Examination: Presentation (50%) plus a 120 minutes written exam at the end of the term (50%)

ECTS-Credits: 10

Course description:

This course provides a foundation in experimental and behavioral economics. Traditionally, economists have sought to explain market outcomes and economic decision-making based on the model of perfectly rational, self-interested agents who maximize their well-being by carefully weighing up costs and benefits of different alternatives. Behavioral economics aspires to relax these stringent assumptions and to develop a better understanding of how real people actually make decisions. This endeavor is often guided by evidence from laboratory and field experiments. This course introduces students to research on risk, time and social preferences, various forms of cognitive limitations in information processing and decision making in strategic settings. Experimental results, theoretical advances as well as the interesting interplay between the two are considered.

 

Contact persons:

Prof. Dr. Henrik Orzen, Tel. 181-1890, E-mail: henrik.orzen@uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, room 405.

Prof. Stefan Penczynski, Tel. 181-3656, E-mail: stefan.penczynski@uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, room 404.

 

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Applied Multvariate Statistics

(Lecture and Exercise, English on demand) Details
Lecture Type:Lecture and ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English on demand
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Toni Stocker (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Statistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (weekly) 06.09.2013 - 06.12.201310:15 - 11:45L 7, 3-5, P 043
Fri (weekly) 13.09.2013 - 06.12.201308:30 - 10:00L 7, 3-5, P 043
Tue (Single date) 05.11.201317:15 - 18:45L 9, 1-2, 003
Wed (Single date) 06.11.201317:15 - 18:45L 7, 3-5, S 031
Fri (Single date) 06.12.201308:30 - 10:00L 7, 3-5, P 044
Fri (Single date) 06.12.201310:15 - 11:45L 7, 3-5, P 044
Wed (Single date) 11.12.201313:00 - 17:00L 7, 3-5, 158
Description:

In dieser Veranstaltung werden klassische statistische Methoden zur Beschreibung und Analyse höherdimensionaler Daten vorgestellt. Von der statistischen Software R wird dabei intensiver Gebrauch gemacht. Themen: Allgemeine Grundlagen, grafische Methoden, Hauptkomponentenanalyse, Faktorenanalyse, verschiedene Methoden zur Diskriminierung, Klassifizierung und Gruppierung von Daten. Studenten ohne Kenntnisse in Ökonometrie empfehle ich, vorher mit mir Kontakt aufzunehmen.

Please, have a look on our website http://mammen.vwl.uni-mannheim.de/ at the beginning of the semester for more course information.

Literatur: Richard A. Johnson, Dean W. Wichern (2007): Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis; Pearson International Edition.

 

Course title: Applied Multivariate Statistics

Instructor: Dr. Toni Stocker

Offered: fall semester 2013

Method (hours per week): lecture (2) + practical exercises (2)

Course level: Bachelor

Course language: English on demand

Prerequisites: Basic Statistics, Basic Econometrics (would be helpful), Laptop required!

Examination: 80% written exam (120 minutes), 20% practical exercises

ECTS-Credits: 7

 

Course description: In this course, classical statistical methods for describing and analyzing high-dimensional data will be introduced. The statistical software package R will intensively be used. Topics: Principal Components, Factor Analysis, various methods for discrimination, classification and clustering of data. Students without any background in Econometrics are recommended to contact me. Please, have a look on our website http://mammen.vwl.uni-mannheim.de/ at the beginning of the semester for more course information.

 

Contact persons: Dr. Toni Stocker, E-Mail: stocker@rumms.uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, room 143, Tel. 181-3963.

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E879 Quantile Regression Models

(Lecture, English) Details
Lecture Type:LectureECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Eun Ryung Lee (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Statistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 25.09.2013 - 04.12.201313:45 - 15:15L 7, 3-5, P 043
Description:

Course Title: Quantile Regression Models

Responsible Teacher of the Module: Dr. Eun Ryung Lee
Offered: HWS 2013
Teaching Method: lecture (2 SWS)
Course Level: PhD
Course Language:
English
ECTS-Credits: 5
 
Goals and Contents of the module:    Nowadays quantile regression has become popular in many fields because it can be robust alternative to mean regression considering median regression and gives more complete picture of the conditional relationship between the response and the covariates. Many researchers have interest in extending the results in mean regression to quantile regression.
The goal of this module is to introduce several topics on quantile regression to students. It includes to give how some theoretical properties of the resulting quantile estimator can be derived and to review some recent developments on high-dimensional quantile regression models. Also some details of numerical implementation will be given for practical use.

Contents:
-Introduction to quantile regression: definition, motivation, application...
-Parametric (linear) quantile regression: asymptotics and computation of the estimator
-Nonparametric quantile regression using spline and kernel smoothing: asymptotics and computation and the estimator
-review recent papers on high dimensional quantile regression: model/variable selection issue for high dimensional quantile regression based on penalization methods such as LASSO and SCAD      
Expected Competences acquired after completion of the module    Students are expected to attain the following competence:
-a broad overview of quantile regression
-to learn a recent research trend regarding to high dimensional quantile regression
-advanced knowledge in techniques of establishing the asymptotic theory
-an ability in implementing the methods.

 

Contact Person: Dr. Eun Ryung Lee, Tel. 181-1777, lee@vwl.uni-mannheim.de, L 7, 3-5, room 145.

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Research-Seminar for PhD und Master Students

(Master-Seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Master-SeminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Enno Mammen (responsible) emammen@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Statistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (Single date) 19.11.201313:45 - 15:15,
Tue (Single date) 26.11.201313:45 - 15:15L 9, 1-2, 003
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E513 Demography and Region

(Intensive seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS:5
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Please contact Silvia Huber-Grahl for registration: econgrad@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Paul Gans (responsible) paulgans@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsgeographie
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (Single date) 12.09.201317:15 - 18:45L 7, 3-5, P 044
Description:

 

This is a block seminar for students in economics (M.Sc.) interested in migration as a form of spatial movement of people. Migration affects and is affected by the direct social environment of migrants, but restructures the entire societal – or ‘developmental’ – context of the concrete spaces in which migration takes place, both at the receiving and sending end. First, we will analyze historical and current migration flows, and secondly, the impact of migration on countries of origin and destination. Topics include e. g. migrant networks, remittances or brain circulation.

 

A first class for all students who are registered until 1st Sept will be on 12th Sept. at 6.00 pm in room L7, 3-5, 410

block seminar: Thursday, 19.09. 15:30-18:45 (L7, 3-5 - P044)

block seminar: Thursday, 26.09. 15:30-18:45 (L7, 3-5 - P044)

 

minimum attendance: 5 students

 

ECTS credits: 5.0

 

References:

  • Adams, R. H./Page, J. (2005): Do international migration and remittances reduce poverty in developing countries. World Development 33(10): 1645-1669
  • Barajas, A. et al. (2009): Do worker’s remittances promote economic growth? IWF, Working Paper 153, Washington, DC
  • Massey, D. S. et al. (1993): Theories on international migration: A review and appraisal. Population and Development Review 19(3): 391-434
  • Moretti, E. (1999): Social networks and migrations: Italy 1876 – 1913. International migration Review 33(3): 640-657
  • Saxenian, A. (2005): From brain drain to brain circulation: Transnational communities and regional upgrading in India and China. Studies in Comparative International Development 40(2): 35-61

 

Requirements:

Compulsory attendance, power point presentation, written version of the talk, 5 credits.

Registration is required until 1st September (see contact).

 

Office hour for students: Prof. Gans, Tuesdays, 4:00 pm to 5.00 pm, L7, 3-5, room P029

Contact: pipphardt@uni-mannheim.de; paulgans@uni-mannheim.de; Tel.: 0621/181-1958, -1963

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E602 Advanced Macroeconomics (Master)

(Lecture and Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:Lecture and ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Johannes Pfeifer (responsible)   Juniorprofessur für Quantitative Makroökonomik
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201312:00 - 13:30L 15, 1-6 (Hochhaus), A 001
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201312:00 - 13:30L 7, 3-5, 001
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.09.201317:15 - 18:45L 7, 3-5, 158
Fri (Single date) 06.09.201312:00 - 13:30L 7, 3-5, 158
Thu (weekly) 12.09.2013 - 28.11.201317:15 - 18:45L 7, 3-5, S 031
Fri (weekly) 13.09.2013 - 06.12.201313:45 - 15:15L 7, 3-5, S 031
Thu (Single date) 05.12.201317:15 - 18:45L 9, 1-2, 001
Mon (Single date) 27.01.201409:00 - 11:00,
Mon (Single date) 27.01.201409:00 - 11:00L 9, 1-2, 001
Description:

Goals and Contents of the module:

The course familiarizes students with the essential concepts of modern macroeconomic theory at an advanced level.

A particular focus will be placed on learning how to use formal microfounded models to analyze and understand both economic growth dynamics and business cycle fluctuations.

In order to guide the economic modeling, the course will use empirical data to generate stylized facts about economic growth and business cycles that useful models must aim to explain, both quantitatively and qualitatively.

In terms of economic models, the following topics will be covered:

- Growth Theory: the Solow Model, the Ramsey-Cass-Koopmans Model, and Endogenous Growth Theory.

- Business Cycles:  the Real Business Cycle Model, the Classical Monetary Model, and the basic New Keynesian Model.

During the course students will also learn the necessary techniques to solve dynamic stochastic models both analytically and numerically using Dynare.

While the course will be mostly concerned with positive economic theory, students will also learn to derive and understand the normative and policy implications of the covered models.

Expected Competences acquired after completion of the module:

Completion of this course is a core requirement for our Master programs in Economics. It prepares students to successfully participate in advanced field courses offered in this program. Together with the companion courses in microeconomics and econometrics, this course will enable students to develop their own research agenda for the Master program as well as a PhD program that they may want to pursue subsequent to this Master program. Having completed these courses, students will feel comfortable reading journal articles at the frontier of modern economic research.

A particular focus will be placed on obtaining technical skills, i.e. log-linearization techniques, solving linear rational expectations models, etc.

Requirements for the assignment of ECTS-Credits and Grades:

Written midterm exam (90min, 50%), final exam (90min, 50%), plus assignments (up to 10% bonus)

Additional Information:

The mandatory textbook chapters and articles will be announced in the lecture. The following books are good references for the topics covered:

Acemoglu, Daron (2008), Introduction to Modern Economic Growth, Princeton University Press

Sala-I Martin, Xavier/Barro, Robert (2003): Economic Growth, MIT Press, 2nd edition

McCandless, George (2008), The ABCs of RBCs - An Introduction to Dynamic Macroeconomic Models, Harvard University Press

Romer, David (2011): Advanced Macroeconomics, McGraw-Hill, 4th edition

King, R. Rebelo, S. (1999): Resuscitating Real Business Cycles, in: Taylor/Woodford (Hrsg.): Handbook of Macroeconomics, Vol. 1, pp. 927-1007.

Gali, Jordi (1999): Technology, Employment, and the Business Cycle: Do Technology Shocks Explain Aggregate Fluctuations?, American Economic Review 89(1), pp. 249-271

Gali, Jordi (2008): ”Monetary Policy, Inflation, and the Business Cycle”, Princeton University Press

Walsh, Carl. E. (2010): Monetary Theory and Policy, MIT Press, 3rd edition

Contact person: Prof.Dr. Johannes Pfeifer; L7,3-5 room 2.42; pfeifer@uni-mannheim.de

 

 

 

 

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Makroökonomik B (englisch)

(Lecture and Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:Lecture and ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Cezar Augusto Ramos Santos (responsible)   Juniorprofessur für Volkswirtschaftslehre, Quantitative Ökonomik ,
Juniorprofessur für Volkswirtschaftslehre, Quantitative Ökonomik
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (Single date) 03.09.201315:30 - 17:00A 5, 6 Bauteil B, B 144
Tue (every fourteen days) 10.09.2013 - 03.12.201315:30 - 17:00A 5, 6 Bauteil B, B 144
Tue (weekly) 17.09.2013 - 03.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloss Schneckenhof Nord, SN 163
Tue (Single date) 17.09.201315:30 - 17:00A 5, 6 Bauteil B, B 144
Description:

Course title: Makroökonomik B (englisch)

Instructor: Prof. Cezar Santos, Ph.D.

Method (hours per week): lecture (3) + practical exercises (2)

Course level: Bachelor

Course language: English

Prerequisites: Makroökonomik A recommended

Examination: There will be one midterm and one final exam (all written). The course grade will be computed as follows Midterm 40% of course grade, Final 60% of course grade. The (tentative) date of the midterm is October 15. Participation in the midterm is compulsory for taking the final exam in December. However, the retake exam in February is independent of the midterm.

ECTS-Credits: 8

 

Course description:

• A one-period model of the macroeconomy
• Savings and investment
• Money and business cycles
• Topics in banking

Remark: This course offers a micro-founded introduction to modern macro models of the business cycle, including a mathematical derivation of these models. We will therefore draw heavily on the contents of the courses Analysis and Mikroökonomik A.

Note: there is also an independent German version of Macro B. Both courses cover essentially the same material and adopt the same book. Moreover, the exercise sessions on both languages will discuss the same problem sets. However, organizational details and grading will be determined by each instructor.

Literature:

Stephen Williamson "Macroeconomics” Fifth (or fourth) Edition, Pearson.

 

Contact person(s): Prof. Cezar Santos, Ph.D., E-Mail: santos@uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, P04, Tel. 181-1854.

 

 

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E566 Strategic Information Transmission for Masterstudents

(Intensive seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Silvia Huber-Grahl for registration: econgrad@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Takakazu Honryo (responsible)   Juniorprofessur für VWL, Mikroökonomische Methoden
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (Single date) 09.09.201310:15 - 11:45L 7, 3-5, 410
Wed (Single date) 20.11.201308:00 - 18:00L 15, 14 - 17 (Anbau), B 101
Description:

 

Course title: Strategic Information Transmission for Masterstudents
Offered: fall semester 2013
Method: Block seminar
Course level:  Master
Course language: English
Prerequisites: Knowledge of non-cooperative game theory under incomplete information.

Examination:  Term paper, presentation
ECTS-Credits: 6.0
Course description: Students are required to pick one paper in selected topics and give a presentation to discuss the paper's strengths and weaknesses. Based on comments that they receive in the presentation, students are required to write a report summarizing the seminar paper. Topics include cheap talk games, persuasion games, and their application to political economics. To make a presentation in class based on a paper of your choice on strategic information transmission, I recommend you pick a paper from the list I will distribute.

Responsible Teacher: Takakazu Honryo
Contact person: Takakazu Honryo
Expected number of students in class: 8
Time and Date of the organizational meeting of the block seminar: September 9th, 10:15 a.m. (day and time of the block seminar will be announced at this meeting)

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E 546 Economic Growth Comparisons over Time and Space

(Intensive seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Silvia Huber-Grahl for registration: econgrad@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Sang Yoon Lee (responsible) sylee.tim@uni-mannheim.de Juniorprofessur VWL, Makroökonomik
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (Single date) 06.09.201310:15 - 11:45L 9, 1-2, 003
- (Block lecture + Sa) 15.11.2013 - 16.11.201309:00 - 18:00L 9, 1-2, 003
Description:

Bitte eine Einführungsveranstaltung zu Beginn des Semester und einen Block im November Fr + Sa ganztägig

 Cross Country and Time Series Growth Comparisons

Form and applicability of the module

 

Duration of the Module

1 Semester

ECTS-Credits

5

Teaching method

Block seminar (2 SWS)

Workload

 

Cycle of offer

 

Expected number of students in class

 

Course language

English

Prerequisites

Macro A, Introductory Statistics

Goals and Contents of the module

Traditional explanations for economic growth were primarily based on physical capital accumulation and population growth. More recently, economists have focused on human capital accumulation, government intervention, and technological innovation. In this seminar, students are asked to find their own explanations for economic growth. You will present empirical evidence, either within a single country over time or a cross-country comparison, to demonstrate that your explanation of choice indeed matters for growth. The explanation must be further backed by careful reasoning of why it should matter, either through a theoretical argument or additional empirical evidence. A self-contained term paper covering the presented material and comments from the instructor/peers is required for final evaluation.

Expected Competences acquired after completion of the module

Working knowledge of growth regressions, working knowledge of exisiting work on empirical growth and development, standard determinants of growth, capability to critically analyze development issues that are raised in the public media

Requirements for the assignment of ECTS-Credits and Grades

Paper, presentation

Responsible teacher of the module

Prof. Yang Soon Tim Lee, Ph.D.

Additional teachers

 

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Economic Growth

(Lecture and Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:Lecture and ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Sang Yoon Lee (responsible) sylee.tim@uni-mannheim.de Juniorprofessur VWL, Makroökonomik
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 06.12.201310:15 - 11:45L 7, 3-5, S 031
Thu (Single date) 12.09.201310:15 - 11:45A 5, 6 Bauteil C, C 012
Thu (weekly) 19.09.2013 - 24.10.201310:15 - 11:45A 5, 6 Bauteil B, B 243
Thu (Single date) 31.10.201310:15 - 11:45A 5, 6 Bauteil C, C 012
Thu (weekly) 07.11.2013 - 06.12.201310:15 - 11:45A 5, 6 Bauteil B, B 243
Description:

Course title: Economic Growth

Offered: fall semester 2013

Method (hours per week): lecture (2) + practical exercises (2)

Course level: Bachelor

Course language: English

Prerequisites: Calculus, Macro A

Examination: Homework assignments, final exam

ECTS-Credits: 7

 

Course description: Traditional explanations for economic growth were primarily based on physical capital accumulation and population growth. More recently, economists have focused on human capital accumulation, government intervention, and technological innovation. In this seminar, students are asked to find their own explanations for economic growth. You will present empirical evidence, either within a single country over time or a cross-country comparison, to demonstrate that your explanation of choice indeed matters for growth. The explanation must be further backed by careful reasoning of why it should matter, either through a theoretical argument or additional empirical evidence. A self-contained term paper covering the presented material and comments from the instructor/peers is required for final evaluation. Growth typically refers to economic progress post-industrialization, while development refers to the process of industrialization itself, or the process of less-developed countries catching up with advanced countries. In this course students will familiarize themselves with stylized facts in economic growth and development, along with the basic tools to analyze them. We will begin by summarizing stylized growth facts for industrialized countries and the world as a whole. We then proceed to learn the Solow growth model and its variants, which attempt to explain these facts - the main elements of the model are physical and human capital, population growth, and technological progress. The model-based approach allows us to think about the effects of government policy or exogenous changes from outside the model. We conclude the first half of the course with a theoretical review of why these models are able to explain some growth facts, where they fail, and a brief discussion of globalization.

The latter half of the course will focus on development. We will briefly review Solow model variants of development and discuss why they are less well suited to answer questions regarding development. To this end, we study a Malthusian model and contrast its implications with a Solow-style model. With the Malthusian model as a building block, we incorporate industrialization and examine what happens along a transition to a Solow model. The transition dynamics is shown to be able to explain sectoral shifts and demographic trends during development.

 

Contact person: Prof. Sang Yoon (Tim) Lee, E-Mail: sylee.tim@uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5 room P09, Tel. 181-3751.

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Competition Economics

(Lecture, English) Details
Lecture Type:LectureECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Yuya Takahashi (responsible)   Juniorprofessur VWL Mikroökonomik
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201312:00 - 13:30L 7, 3-5, S 031
Sat (Single date) 30.11.201310:00 - 12:00L 7, 3-5, S 031
Description:

 

 

Course title: Competition Economics

Instructor: Prof. Yuya Takahashi, Ph.D.

Offered: fall semester 2013

Method (hours per week): lecture (2)

Course level: Bachelor

Course language: English

Prerequisites: Basic microeconomics (necessary) and basic econometrics (preferred)

Examination: Homework assignment and written final exam, 90 minutes

ECTS-Credits: 5

 

Course description: The course covers core topics in industrial organization, such as competition and market structure, product differentiation, entry and exit, vertical relationships, cartel, and technology adoption. We use microeconomics and game theory to analyze how firms and consumers behave in strategic environments and analyze how market structures are determined. In addition, we put a special emphasis on empirical aspects of economic models in IO; i.e., identification of demand and supply, merger evaluations, detection of cartels, and estimation of entry-exit models. We use econometrics and statistical software to conduct empirical exercises.

 

Contact person: Prof. Yuya Takahashi, Ph.D., E-Mail: ytakahas@mail.uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, room 308, Tel. 181-1767.

 

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Seminar in Competition Economics

(Intensive seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Prof. Yuya Takahashi, E-Mail: ytakahas@mail.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Yuya Takahashi (responsible)   Juniorprofessur VWL Mikroökonomik
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (Single date) 05.09.201310:00 - 11:00L 7, 3-5, 410
Fri (Single date) 15.11.201309:00 - 18:00L 7, 3-5, 410
Sat (Single date) 16.11.201309:00 - 18:00L 7, 3-5, 410
Description:

Course title: Seminar in Competition Economics

Instructor: Prof. Yuya Takahashi

Offered: Fall semester 2013

Method: Blockseminar

Course level: Bachelor

Course language: English

Prerequisites: Basic microeconomics (necessary) and basic econometrics (preferred)

Examination: Oral presentation and term paper

ECTS-Credits: 6

Course description: We discuss empirical applications of several important topics in IO. Students pick one topic in selected topics and give a presentation to discuss the papers' strengths and weaknesses. Based on comments that they receive in the presentation, students write a seminar report summarizing the papers (and perhaps reproducing the papers result). Topics include price discrimination, entry deterrence, entry and exit, consumers, inventory behavior, vertical relationships, and technology adoption.


Contact person: Prof. Yuya Takahashi, E-Mail: ytakahas@mail.uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, room 308, Tel. 181-1767.

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E518 Information and Incentives

(Lecture and Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:Lecture and ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Silvia Huber-Grahl for registration: econgrad@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Raphael Levy (responsible)   Juniorprofessur VWL, Mikroökonomische Theorie
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 12.09.2013 - 05.12.201309:30 - 11:45L 7, 3-5, P 043
Fri (Single date) 15.11.201310:00 - 12:00L 7, 3-5, P 044
Mon (Single date) 16.12.201314:00 - 16:15L 9, 1-2, 009
Description:

Course title: Information and Incentives

Instructor:  Prof. Raphael Levy

Method (hours per week): lecture (2) + exercise (1)

Course level: Master

Course language: English

Prerequisites: none

Examination: Mid-term exam (30 minutes), final exam (2 hours)

ECTS-Credits: 7

 

Course description: This course focuses on the principal-agent model, i.e. the strategic interaction between two players (the principal and the agent), one of which (the agent) has superior information. This theory examines how the principal optimally design a contract that induces the agent to reveal his private information (adverse selection model) or to provide effort (moral hazard model). The course introduces these basic models and explores some theoretical extensions, in particular in the field of labour economics (multi-tasking, multi-agent moral hazard…). It also discusses other applications, in corporate finance, industrial organization, theory of the firm etc.

 

Contact person:

Prof. Dr. Raphael Levy, Tel. 181- 1913. E-mail: raphlevy@gmail.com

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E557 Public Economics

(Lecture and Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:Lecture and ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Silvia Huber-Grahl for registration: econgrad@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Pierre BoyerPierre.boyer@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Finanzwissenschaft und Wirtschaftspolitik
Professorin Galina Zudenkovagalina.zudenkova@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Finanzwissenschaft und Wirtschaftspolitik
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201309:15 - 11:30L 7, 3-5, P 043
Description:

This course focuses on the state’s role in correcting market failures and on the optimal use of taxes. We will take a normative perspective, i.e., we ask what an ideal state would do in order to achieve distributive objectives. It will be composed by two parts. The first part will deal with market failures and public intervention. The second part will be devoted to tax theory.

Part I: (by Pierre Boyer) Market failures and public intervention
1.    Introduction: the public sector in a mixed economy
2.    Efficient allocations and market equilibrium
3.    Why and when the government should intervene in the economy
4.    Public Goods
5.    Externalities


Part II: (by Galina Zudenkova) Tax theory
1.    Introduction to Taxation
2.    Optimal commodity taxation
3.    Many Person Ramsey Tax Rule
4.    Non-linear taxation of income
5.    Commodity taxation when non-linear income taxation is possible
6.    Ricardian Equivalence
7.    Tax Smoothing problem

 

prerequisites: E700-E703 or equivalent

Lecture notes will be available. One written exam, 90 minutes.


Useful references are:

Atkinson and Stiglitz, Lectures on Public Economics, Mc Graw-Hill, 1980
Rosen, Public Finance, 3rd Edition, 1992, Irwin, Boston.
Salanié: Microeconomics of market failures
Cornes and Sandler: The theory of externalities, public goods and club goods
Salanie, The economics of taxation, MIT Press, 2003
Myles, Public Economics, Cambridge University Press, 1995
Mas-Collel, Whinston, Green, Microeconomic Theory, Harvard University Press 1996
Stiglitz, ”Economics of the Public sector”, 3rd Edition, 2000, Norton & Company.
Hindriks and Myles, ”Intermediate Public Economics”, MIT Press

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E 560 Seminar in Public Economics

(Intensive seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Silvia Huber-Grahl for registration: econgrad@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Eckhard Janeba (responsible) janeba@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Finanzwissenschaft und Wirtschaftspolitik
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (Single date) 04.09.201310:15 - 11:45L 7, 3-5, P 044
Fri (Single date) 18.10.201308:45 - 11:45L 7, 3-5, P 044
Wed (Single date) 27.11.201313:00 - 17:00,
Description:

Blockseminar

Organizational Meeting and topics: Wednesday, 04.09.2013, 11.30 h- 12.00 h

Mid milestone meeting: Friday, 18.10.2013, 08.45 h- 11.45 h

Presentation: Friday, 29.11.2013, 09.00 h - 17.00 h

 

This seminar is for Master students who are interested in the areas of public economics and international trade. Students are asked to write a term paper and present their findings to the rest of the class.

Suggested/Tentative topics:

1)   The road to worldwide free trade: Bilateral vs. multilateral agreements?

2)   The effects of a financial transaction tax

3)   Tax competition models with heterogenous firms

4)   Does culture affect international trade?

5)   Brain Drain vs. Brain Gain

6)   Empirical evidence on trade liberalization in developing countries

7)   Models of asymmetric tax competition

8)   The incidence of the corporation tax: empirical results

9)   Profit shifting of multinational firms

10) FDI and Bilateral Investment Treaties/Double Taxation Agreements

 

Prerequisites: for Economics students: E700, E701, E702, E703 or equivalent; for MMM and Business Mathematics students: Business Economics I and II or equivalent

The seminar is ideal for students who have taken courses in this area (e.g., International Trade and Tax Policy Analysis, Public Economics), but this is not a requirement.

 

 

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Law and Economics

(Lecture and Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:Lecture and ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Professorin Galina Zudenkovagalina.zudenkova@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Finanzwissenschaft und Wirtschaftspolitik
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201308:30 - 10:00L 7, 3-5, P 043
Thu (every fourteen days) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201308:30 - 10:00L 9, 1-2, 003
Description:

Course title: Law and Economics

Instructor:  Prof. Galina Zudenkova, PhD

Offered: every fall semester

Method (hours per week): lecture (2) and practical exercise (1)

Course level: Bachelor

Course language: English

Prerequisites: Intermediate Microeconomics, Basic Game Theory

Examination: Midterm Exam (30%) + Final Exam (55%) + Homework (15%)

ECTS-Credits: 6

 

Course description: This course provides an introduction to the field of Law and Economics. It covers core ideas in the areas of tort law, contract law and criminal law, property law and the Coase Theorem, intellectual property law and constitutional law, among others. The focus of the lectures will be primarily on theoretical work. Practice exercises will be assigned during the semester. The course provides an introduction to economic analysis and its application to legal rules and institutions that is accessible to any student who has taken principles of microeconomics and game theory. Students leave the course understanding how microeconomic theory can be used to critically evaluate law and public policy. The course should prove useful for any student interested in analyzing policy issues. It will be particularly valuable background for those students intending to specialize in public economics and political economy.

Contents:

1. Tort law with one active party

2. Tort law with two or more active parties

3. Contracts

4. Contracts with two active parties

5. Criminal law

6. Property rights & the Coase Theorem

7. Intellectual property law

8. Constitutional law

 

Contact person: Prof. Galina Zudenkova, PhD, E-Mail: galina.zudenkova@gmail.com, L7, 3-5, Tel. 181-1782.

 

 

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Seminar on Optimal Currency Areas

(Intensive seminar, German/English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:German/English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Dr. Viktor Winschel, Tel. 181-1902, E-Mail: winschel@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Viktor Winschel (responsible) winschel@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Internationale Wirtschaftsbeziehungen
Dates:Time:Room:
- (Block lecture + Sa) 27.09.2013 - 28.09.201309:00 - 18:00L 7, 3-5, P 044
Description:

Course title: Seminar on Optimal Currency Areas

Instructor: Viktor Winschel

Method: blockseminar (2)

Course level: Bachelor

Course language: English / German

Prerequistes: Makro A

Examination: Seminar paper

ECTS-credits: 6

 

Course description: In this seminar we will have four introductory lectures on the theory of optimal currency areas where we discuss the optimal size of a monetary union. This question has many facets and draws upon a broad range of macroeconomic issues. After the lectures students will work on their own seminar paper.

 

Contact person. Dr. Viktor Winschel, Tel. 181-1802, E-Mail: winschel@rumms.uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, 245.

 

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Ökonometrie und Programmieren / Programming in Stata

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Lecture Type:LectureECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Andreas Landmann (responsible) andreas.landmann@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Ökonometrie
Dr. Manuel Wiesenfarth (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Ökonometrie
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201312:00 - 14:15L 7, 3-5, 158
Tue (Single date) 17.12.201309:00 - 12:00L 7, 3-5, 158
Description:

Course title: Ökonometrie und Programmieren/Programming in Stata

Instructor: Dr. Manuel Wiesenfarth

Offered: fall semester 2013

Method (hours per week): lecture (3)
Course level: Bachelor
Course language: English
Prerequisites: Basic Stata skills of advantage
Examination: 180 minutes programming

ECTS-Credits: 7

 

Course description: This course offers an introduction to advanced programming in Stata. Although Stata already offers a large number of econometric tools, novel approaches are often not available and have to be implemented by users. Since comparatively few people know how to do so, Stata programming skills can be a competitive advantage.

In this course, students will learn how to implement new commands for Stata and to conduct Monte Carlo simulations. These are important for verification of implementations and are used as a very important tool to analyze the small sample properties of estimators and to complement the theoretical properties of estimators making them an integral part of econometric analyses. After an introduction to efficiently written do-files (including data processing), we will in particular focus on Stata's matrix programming language Mata, which will be at the heart of Stata programs.

Registration in first session.

Contact person: Dr. Manuel Wiesenfarth, Tel. 181-3500, E-Mail: wiesenfarth@uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, room 123, Tel. 181-3500, office hours: by arrangement.

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Industrial Organization

(Lecture and Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:Lecture and ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Nicolas Schutz (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, Mikroökonomik
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 06.12.201317:15 - 19:30L 7, 3-5, 001
Mon (Single date) 02.12.201317:15 - 19:30Schloss Schneckenhof Nord, SN 163
Description:

Course title: Industrial organization
Instructor: Nicolas Schutz, PhD
Offered: Every fall term
Method: Lecture (2) + practical exercise (1)
Course level: Bachelor
Course language: English

Prerequisites: Micro A and B

Examination: written, 120 minutes

ECTS-Credits: 6


Course description:

In a market economy, firms are in charge of deciding what and how much to produce, and consumers respond to this by shopping for the best alternative. This course analyzes the behavior of
firms. It aims to answer the following questions: What is a firm? What defines the boundaries of a firm? Given established boundaries, how do firms make production decisions and how do they compete with each other? Should government meddle with the operation of firms? In contrast to the course "Competition Economics", which deals with the empirical aspects of industrial economics, this course focuses more on theoretical issues and modeling.

The course is organized as follows:
1. Review on perfect competition
2. Review on game theory
3. Monopoly
4. Static oligopoly
5. Dynamic oligopoly and collusion
6. Product differentiation
7. Information
8. Advertising
9. Merger, entry and market structure
10. Network effects
11. Vertical relations
12. Patents and R&D
13. Antitrust


Contact person: Nicolas Schutz, E-Mail: nschutz@mail.uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, room 310, Tel. 181-1872.

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Seminar on Social and Economic Networks

(Seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:SeminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Mr. Jan-Peter Siedlarek, Ph.D., E-Mail: siedlarek@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Volker Nocke (responsible) volker.nocke@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, Mikroökonomik
Jan-Peter Siedlarek (associate)   Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, Mikroökonomik
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201317:15 - 18:45L 9, 1-2, 210
Thu (Single date) 19.09.201317:15 - 18:45L 7, 3-5, 410
Thu (Single date) 17.10.201317:15 - 18:45L 7, 3-5, 410
Thu (Single date) 14.11.201317:15 - 18:45L 7, 3-5, 410
Description:

Course title: Seminar on Social and Economic Networks

Instructors: Jan-Peter Siedlarek, Ph.D., Prof. Dr. Volker Nocke

Offered: fall semesters

Method: Seminar (2)

Course level: Bachelor

Course language: English

Prerequisites: Microeconomics B

Recommended: Game Theory and Basic Econometrics

Examination: Presentation, Paper

ECTS-Credits: 6

 

Course description: The course provides an introduction to the study of social and economic networks, a relatively new and very active field of economic research with a distinct interdisciplinary outlook. We discuss various social and economic networks and techniques to analyse them. The course further covers basic models of network formation and the implications of network structure on economic activity, such as the spread of information in networks and the functioning of networked markets.

Textbooks: Jackson, M. (2008). Social and economic networks. Goyal, S. (2009). Connections: an introduction to the economics of networks
Easley, D. and J. Kleinberg (2010). Networks, crowds, and markets.
Background reading:  Watts, D. (2004). Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age.

Barabasi, A. (2003). Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life.


Contact person: Jan-Peter Siedlarek, Ph.D., E-Mail: siedlarek@uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5 room 301, Tel. 181-1911.

 

 

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International Financial Policy

(Lecture, English) Details
Lecture Type:LectureECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Roland Vaubel (responsible) vaubel@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, Politische Ökonomie
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201312:00 - 13:30L 7, 3-5, S 031
Fri (weekly) 06.09.2013 - 06.12.201310:15 - 11:45L 7, 3-5, S 031
Description:

Inhalt:
1. Grundlagen der Wechselkurstheorie
2. Wechselkurspolitik und Weltwährungsordnung
3. Die europäische Währungsintegration
4. Die offizielle internationale Liquidität
5. Internationale Kapitalbewegungen

Literaturhinweise:
Eine Liste ausgewählter Aufsätze wird in der Vorlesung verteilt und ist am Lehrstuhl erhältlich.

Die Klausur kann wahlweise auf Englisch oder Deutsch geschrieben werden.
Die Veranstaltung wird in englischer Sprache gehalten.

 

Course title: International Financial Policy

Instructor: Prof. Dr. Roland Vaubel

Method (hours per week): lecture (3) 

Course level: Bachelor

Course language: English or German

Examination: written, 135 minutes

The exam may be written in English or German.

ECTS-Credits:  7

 

Course description:
1. Foundations of exchange rate theory
2. Exchange rate policy and the international monetary system
3. European monetary integration
4. Official international liquidity

5. International capital movements and international debt

 

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Roland Vaubel, Tel. 181-1816, E-Mail: vaubel@uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, room 212.

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Wirtschaftspolitik und internationale Organisationen

(Intensive seminar, German/English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:German/English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Ms. Sylvia Rosenkranz, E-Mail: rosenkranz@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Roland Vaubel (responsible) vaubel@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, Politische Ökonomie
Dates:Time:Room:
Sat (Single date) 19.10.201308:30 - 19:00,
Sat (Single date) 26.10.201308:30 - 19:00,
Sat (Single date) 16.11.201309:30 - 17:00,
Description:

Course title: Seminar "Wirtschaftspolitik und internationale Organisationen / International Organizations and Economic Policy"

Instructor: Prof. Dr. Roland Vaubel

Method: seminar (2)

Course level: Bachelor

Course language: German/English

Prerequisites: as of the 5th term, attendance of the courses "Wirtschaftspolitik B" and/or "Economics of International Organizations" is helpful.

Examination: Seminararbeit (80%), Kommentierung eines anderen Referats (10%), Beteiligung an der allgemeinen Diskussion (10%)

ECTS-Credits: 6

 

Course description: Discussion of term papers on selected topics in the field of economic policy and/or international organisations. The term papers have to be handed in on the first day (noon) of the lecturing period. A list of suggested topics will be posted on the message board in the last week of May 2013.

 

Contact person: Prof. Dr. R. Vaubel, Tel. 181-1816, E-Mail: vaubel@uni-mannheim.de, L 7, 3-5, room 212.

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E533 Auction Theory

(Lecture and Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:Lecture and ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Silvia Huber-Grahl for registration: econgrad@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Thomas Tröger (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, Wirtschaftstheorie
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201310:15 - 11:45L 7, 3-5, P 043
Fri (weekly) 06.09.2013 - 06.12.201313:45 - 14:30L 9, 1-2, 002
Fri (Single date) 13.12.201313:45 - 15:15L 7, 3-5, P 043
Description:

 

Module number and title:

E533: Auction Theory

 

Duration of the Module: 1 semester

ECTS-Credits: 7

Cycle of offer: once in a year

Expected number of students in class: 15 students in lecture, 15 students in excercise

Course language: English

Prerequisites: None

Goals and Contents of the module:

The goals are (i) to provide an understanding of the incentives involved in strategic bidding in auction mechanisms, and of the properties of equilibria, (ii) to show how various auction mechanisms are useful in public procurement, regulatory market design, retailing, art sales, and many other contexts, and (iii) to teach the principles of optimal auction design.  

Summary of course description: I. Introduction: Why rules matter in markets with private information. II. The independent-private-values model. III. The first-price auction. IV. Asymmetries and Pareto inefficiency. V. The second-price and English auctions. VI. Revenue comparison of standard auctions. VII. Revenue comparison with risk-averse bidders. VIII. The revenue equivalence theorem. IX. Optimal-auction design. X. The winner’s curse.

Included are several experiments in which auctions are played in class.

 

Expected Competences acquired after completion of the module:

Successful participants can solve optimal-bidding problems in auctions, using advanced mathematical techniques. They first model the informational environment in a given application, using probability theory, and, second, use optimization theory to find optimal bidding strategies. They understand the efficiency and revenue properties of single-unit auctions under standard assumptions about the informational environment. Based on this, they are able to evaluate what possibly novel auction format is best suited for a given application. They see the limits of current research on auctions, in particular with respect to modeling the informational environment. More generally, they appreciate various roles of private information in decision making.   

 

Requirements for the assignment of ECTS-Credits and Grades: written final exam

Responsible teacher of the module: Thomas Tröger

 

 

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BE 510 Business Economics 1

(Lecture, English) Details
Lecture Type:LectureECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Henrik Orzen (responsible) henrik.orzen@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für VWL, Business Economics
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Mittelbau, M 003
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 03.12.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Mittelbau, M 003
Description:

 

Course title: BE 510 Business Economics I

Instructor: Prof. Dr. Henrik Orzen

Offered: winter semester

Method: lecture (2) and exercise classes (2)

Both the lecture and the exercise class will be held in two parallel, identical streams to allow smaller class sizes.

Course level: Master

Course language: English

Prerequisites: Knowledge of introductory microeconomics at bachelor level

Examination: written (90 minutes)

Course description:

In this module we will examine strategic behavior and efficiency in the context of business decisions from a microeconomic perspective. An important aim is to convey an understanding of how economists approach these issues and to introduce participants to some economic concepts that may be helpful in making sense of how businesses and other organizations operate. Using these concepts we will study the decision-making behavior of individuals, discuss the role of markets, analyze incentive mechanisms within organizations and investigate the economics of bargaining and information.

Learning outcomes:

  • The ability to apply economic reasoning in the context of economic organizations
  • An understanding of model-based analytical methods and arguments in managerial economics
  • Familiarity with relevant economic and game-theoretical concepts under both full and incomplete information

 

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Henrik Orzen, Tel. 181-1890, e-mail: henrik.orzen@uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, room 405.

 

 

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Biases in economic decision making

(Intensive seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Prof. Dr. Henrik Orzen, E-Mail: henrik.orzen@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Henrik Orzen (responsible) henrik.orzen@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für VWL, Business Economics
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (Single date) 17.09.201313:45 - 15:15L 7, 3-5, 410
Fri (Single date) 08.11.201310:15 - 17:00L 9, 1-2, 210
Fri (Single date) 15.11.201310:15 - 17:00L 9, 1-2, 210
Description:

Time and place tba (two consecutive Fridays, about mid-November)

 

Course title: Biases in economic decision making

Instructor: Prof. Dr. Henrik Orzen

Offered: every fall semester

Method: seminar (2)

Course level: Bachelor

Course language: English

Prerequisites: Microeconomics B

Examination: Seminar paper; seminar presentation; active participation in class

ECTS-Credits: 6

Course description: This seminar introduces students to a range of empirical and experimental findings that reveal systematic biases in human decision making. While our brains can perform many complex and incredible tasks, there are certain types of situations in which humans tend to commit specific cognitive errors. This can lead to flawed decisions and undesirable outcomes. However, boundedly rational behavior can also have advantages and positive effects. In this seminar we will discuss various topics in this field.

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Henrik Orzen, Tel. 181-1890, E-Mail: henrik.orzen@uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, room 405.

 

 

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Business Economics I

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
N.N.  Lehrstuhl für VWL, Business Economics
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 09.09.2013 - 06.12.201313:45 - 15:15A 5, 6 Bauteil B, B 243
Mon (weekly) 09.09.2013 - 06.12.201317:15 - 18:45Schloß Ostflügel, O148
Mon (weekly) 09.09.2013 - 06.12.201319:00 - 20:30A 5, 6 Bauteil C, C 013
Tue (weekly) 10.09.2013 - 07.10.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ostflügel, O151
Wed (weekly) 11.09.2013 - 06.12.201313:45 - 15:15A 5, 6 Bauteil B, B 144
Thu (weekly) 12.09.2013 - 06.12.201317:15 - 18:45Schloß Mittelbau, M 003
Thu (Single date) 10.10.201319:00 - 20:30Schloß Ostflügel, O048/050
Tue (weekly) 15.10.2013 - 06.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ostflügel, O151
Mon (Single date) 21.10.201308:30 - 10:00A 5, 6 Bauteil C, C 013
Mon (Single date) 18.11.201319:00 - 20:30Schloß Ostflügel, O148
Mon (Single date) 02.12.201319:00 - 20:30Schloß Ostflügel, O148
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Experimental methods in economics

(Lecture, English) Details
Lecture Type:LectureECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Henrik Orzen (responsible) henrik.orzen@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für VWL, Business Economics
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201310:15 - 11:45L 7, 3-5, S 031
Description:

Course title: Experimental methods in economics

Instructor: Prof. Dr. Henrik Orzen

Method (hours per week): lecture (2)

Course level: Bachelor

Course language: English

Prerequisites: Microeconomics B

Examination: written, 90 minutes

ECTS Credits: 5

 

Course description: Once viewed as a rather exotic niche area, experimental economics has over the last few decades developed into a mainstream tool of fundamental empirical research in our field. This module will provide an introduction to experimental methods in economics. We will examine specific topics in experimental economics, and also discuss some broad methodological questions on the pros and cons of experiments and their design.

 

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Henrik Orzen, E-Mail: henrik.orzen@uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, room 405, Tel. 181-1890.

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Phd seminar in experimental econometrics

(Seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:SeminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Dirk Engelmann (responsible)   Graduate School of Economic & Social Sciences: Empirical and Quantitative Methods ,
Lehrstuhl für VWL, Business Economics ,
Lehrstuhl für VWL, Experimentelle Wirtschaftsforschung
Professor Dr. Henrik Orzen (responsible) henrik.orzen@uni-mannheim.de Graduate School of Economic & Social Sciences: Empirical and Quantitative Methods ,
Lehrstuhl für VWL, Business Economics ,
Lehrstuhl für VWL, Experimentelle Wirtschaftsforschung
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 16.10.201317:15 - 18:45,
Wed (weekly) 23.10.2013 - 04.12.201315:30 - 17:00,
Description:

Mittwochs, B5, im ZEW (wie gehabt)

 

In this seminar participants present and discuss their current research as well as ideas for future research. If you are interested in the seminar, please contact one of the seminar convenors by email.

 

Contact persons:

Prof. Dr. Henrik Orzen, Tel: 181-1890, E-Mail: henrik.orzen@uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, room 4.05

Prof. Dr. Dirk Engelmann, Tel: 181-1894, E-mail: dirk.engelmann@uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, room 403

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Economics of Financial Crises

(Intensive seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Prof. Michèle Tertilt, Ph.D., E-Mail: tertilt@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Michèle Tertilt (responsible) tertilt@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für VWL, Internationale Ökonomik
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (Single date) 06.09.201310:15 - 11:45L 7, 3-5, P 044
- (Block lecture + Sa) 25.10.2013 - 26.10.201309:00 - 18:00L 7, 3-5, 410
Description:

Dear students,

the list of participants is filled.

If you still like to participate, please send an e-mail to cjann@uni-mannheim.de.

 

 

 

Course title: Economics of Financial Crises

Instructor: Prof. Michèle Tertilt, Ph.D.

Offered: fall semester 2013

Method (hours per week): Blockseminar (2)

Course level: Bachelor

Course language: English

Prerequisites: Micro A + B, Macro A + B

Examination: class presentation and term paper. Active participation is expected.

ECTS-Credits: 6

 

Course description: In this seminar we will analyze the economics of financial crises from several perspectives. Topics include causes and consequences of crises, the analysis of specific historical episodes, formal theories of financial crises, and financial contagion. Students will learn to read, understand, and synthesize current research papers. At the organizational meeting, each student will be assigned a specific topic within the general theme. During the semester students are expected to work on their topics independently. Students will present their findings to each other at the block seminar. Active participation is expected. Students will summarize the results in a written term paper.  

 

Contact person: Prof. Michèle Tertilt, Ph.D., E-Mail: tertilt@uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5 room P11, Tel. 181-1841.

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E512 Empirical Labor and Health Economics

(Intensive seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Silvia Huber-Grahl for registration: econgrad@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Arne Uhlendorff (responsible) uhlendorff@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für VWL, Mikroökonometrie (AvH Förderlehrstuhl)
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (Single date) 04.09.201310:00 - 11:00L 7, 3-5, 410
Wed (Single date) 20.11.201313:45 - 20:00L 9, 1-2, 210
Thu (Single date) 21.11.201313:45 - 18:15Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 289
Description:

Adequate empirical modeling and careful interpretation of the estimation results are necessary if one wants to estimate causal effects in economics. This seminar deals with microeconometric approaches for empirical research in labor and health economics. The idea ist that students will replicate and extend a published empirical study and discuss their results at the end of the semester. Potential topics include the impact of participation in training programs on employment outcomes and the effects of schooling on health. The aim of the course is to gain practical experience in applying modern microeconometric techniques to real data.

References:

Blundell and Dias (2009): "Alternative Approaches to Evaluation in Empirical Microeconometrics" Journal of Human Resources, 44(3): 565-640.

Cameron and Trivedi (2005): Microeconometrics, (2009): Microeconometrics using Stata.

Angrist, Joshua D. and Jörn-Steffen Pischke (2009): Mostly Harmless Econometrics, Princeton: Princeton University Press

Imbens, Guido W. and Jeffrey M. Woolridge. 2009: "Recent Developments in the Econometrics of Program Evaluation.." Journal of Economic Literature, 47(1): 5-86.

Course title: Empirical Labor and Health Economics

Instructor: Dr. Arne Uhlendorff

Offered: Autumn 2013

Method (hours per week): blockseminar (2)

Course level: Master

Course language: English

Prerequisites: E703 Advanced Econometrics

Examination: seminar paper, presentation, attendance and discussion

ECTS credits: 5

Short premeeting on 4.9.2013 at 10:00

Presentations: Wed. 20.11. and Thu 21.11. 13:45-end to be announced

Contact person: Dr.  Arne Uhlendorff, e-Mail: uhlendorff@uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, room 110, Tel. 181-3333

 

 

 

 

 

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E520 Seminar in Empirical Industrial Organization

(Intensive seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Silvia Huber-Grahl for registration: econgrad@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Isis Durrmeyer (associate)   Lehrstuhl für VWL, Wirtschaftstheorie und Behavioral Economics
Professor Philipp Schmidt-Dengler (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für VWL, Wirtschaftstheorie und Behavioral Economics
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (Single date) 12.09.201310:00 - 11:00L 7, 3-5, 410
Fri (Single date) 29.11.201308:00 - 12:00L 7, 3-5, 410
Description:

 

Course Title: Seminar in Empirical Industrial Organization

Offered: Fall

Method: Block seminar

Course Level: Master

Course Language: English

Prerequistes: Advanced Microeconomics, Advanced Econometrics

Examination: Presentation + report

ECTS-Credits: 5

Course Description: This block seminar covers recent empirical work in Industrial Organization. Students will present one paper and write a report evaluating the paper critically and suggesting improvements as well as further applications.

Responsible Teacher: Philipp Schmidt-Dengler/Isis Durrmeyer

Contact Person: Isis Durrmeyer (idurrmey@staff-uni.mannheim.de)

Expected number of students: 5

Organizational meeting: Thursday. September 12th, 10:00-11:00 a.m., at this meeting further information will be announced about the room arrangement for the block-seminar

Block Seminar: Friday, November 29th, 8:00-12:00 a.m.

 

Further Information: The reading list will be available at the organizational meeting

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E550 New Economic History: Methods and Results

(Lecture, English) Details
Lecture Type:LectureECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Silvia Huber-Grahl for registration: econgrad@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Jochen Strebstrebuni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsgeschichte
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201317:15 - 18:45L 9, 1-2, 002
Description:

Module number and title: E 550 New Economic History: Methods and Results

 

Responsible Teacher of the Module: Prof. Dr. Jochen Streb

 

Form and applicability of the module: elective course for Ph.D. and master in economics students

 

Duration of the Module: 1 semester

 

Cycle of offer: each fall semester

 

ECTS-Credits: 5

 

Teaching Method (hours per week): lecture (2 SWS)

 

Prerequisites: E702, E703, E802, E803, E805, E806

 

Goals and Contents of the Module: Scholars of "New Economic History" (or "Cliometrics") use modern economic theory and econometrics to analyze economic problems in history. In this course, we study research papers of "new Economic Historians" to understand their methods and results, and, what is more, learn how to organize our own empirical research projects. With regard to content, we will concentrate on the globalization period in the 19th century.

 

Expected Competences acquired after Completion of the Module:

  • Ability to assess the strengths and weaknesses of established research projects in economic history
  • Ability to design own research projects

 

 

Requirements for the Assignment of ECTS Credits and Grades:

  • Written Exam (90 minutes) (weighting 2/3)
  • midterm essay only for doctoral students (weighting 1/3)

 

 

Further information: An extensive reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course.

 

Contact: Prof. Dr. Jochen Streb, e-mail: streb@uni-mannheim.de, phone: 181-1932, L7, 3-5, room P19/20

 

Homepage: http://wirtschaftsgeschichte.vwl.uni-mannheim.de/

 

 

 

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E556 Imperfect Competition and Firm Strategy

(Intensive seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Silvia Huber-Grahl for registration: econgrad@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Martin Peitz (responsible) martin.peitz@googlemail.com Volkswirtschaftslehre, Angewandte Mikroökonomik
Lily Samkharadze (associate)   Volkswirtschaftslehre, Angewandte Mikroökonomik
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (Single date) 13.09.201310:15 - 11:45L 9, 1-2, 003
Fri (Single date) 25.10.201309:00 - 18:00L 7, 3-5, P 044
Sat (Single date) 26.10.201309:00 - 18:00L 7, 3-5, S 031
Description:

 

Course title: Imperfect Competition and Firm Strategy

Instructor(s): Lily Samkharadze

Offered:  Fall 2013


Method (hours per week): seminar (2)


Course level: master


Course language: English

Prerequisites: To learn effectively from this course, students should have taken bachelor level               microeconomics, game theory or introductory industrial organization.  (Microeconomic A+B, Industrial Organization).

Examination:  take home exam

ECTS-Credits: 

 Number of students expected: 15


Course schedule: Organizational meeting: Fr, 04.10.2013, 10:15- 11:45. Seminar: Fri, 15.11.2013, 09:00-18:00 and Sat, 16.11.2013, 09:00-18:00


Course description:   This seminar covers selected topics in competitive strategy broadly defined. We will particularly focus on the study of strategic interaction between firms and consumers in imperfectly competitive markets. We will cover topics such as pricing strategies by firms, strategies for network and information goods, brand strategies, product design, advertising, information suppression, strategic responses by consumers, consumer behavioral biases, etc. To explore these topics, we will use simple but rigorous analytical models and plenty of real-world examples. Main analytical tools will be microeconomic theory and game theory.


Contact person:  For questions concerning the course – Lily Samkharadze, email: likasamkharadze@gmail.com  Office hours:  by appointment (I don’t know the room no. and phone yet)  For signing in to the course and further administrative issues – Nuray Mamac, nuray.mamac@econ.uni-mannheim.de, phone 0621-181-1880.

 

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Empirical Methods in Industrial Organization

(Intensive seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Please contact Mr. Oleksandr Shcherbakov, PhD, E-Mail: ashcherb@mail.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Oleksandr Shcherbakov (responsible)   Volkswirtschaftslehre, Angewandte Mikroökonomik
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (Single date) 09.09.201315:30 - 17:00L 7, 3-5, 410
Sun (Single date) 01.12.201309:00 - 13:00L 7, 3-5, 410
Description:

Course title: Empirical Methods in Industrial Organization

Offered: fall semester 2013
Method (hours per week): Blockseminar (2)
Course level: Bachelor
Course language: English
Prerequisites: Intermediate Microeconomics, Introduction to Econometrics.
Examination: Presentation and a paper review
ECTS-Credits: 6


Course description: This course is intended to provide an introduction to empirical industrial organization (IO) and also familiarize students with research at the frontiers of the field. We will discuss in detail the model, research question, sources of identification and estimation methodology. Topics include estimation of production functions, models of collusion, differentiated product demand systems, entry/exit and strategic interactions, price discrimination, vertical relationships, technology adoption, and introduction into single agent dynamic optimization problems. Students are required to select one paper for presentation and another one for writing a research review (see a brief guideline below). Each student has up to 30 minutes for presentation followed by a 20-minutes discussion.

Contact person: Oleksandr Shcherbakov, PhD, E-Mail: ashcherb@mail.uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, room 313, Tel. 181-1838.

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Mikroökonomik B (englisch)

(Lecture and Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:Lecture and ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Professorin Kathleen Nosal (responsible)   Volkswirtschaftslehre, Angewandte Mikroökonomik
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (every fourteen days) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Mittelbau, M 003
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 06.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Mittelbau, M 003
Description:

Syllabus:

Hal R. Varian, Grundzüge der Mikroökonomik. (6. Auflage), Oldenburg, 2004.

Robert S. Pindyck und Daniel S. Rubinfeld, Mikroökonomie. (6. oder 7. Auflage), Pearson Studium, 2005.

 

Course title: Mikroökonomie B

Instructors: Prof. Kathleen Nosal

Method (hours per week): 3 (lecture) + 2 (practical exercises)

Course level: Bachelor

Course language: English

Examination: written, 120 min

ECTS-Credits: 8

Course description: imperfect competition: monopoly, monopsony and oligopoly; strategic actions; game theory; externalities; public goods; markets with asymmetric information.

 

Contact person: Anja Mayer, Secretary, Tel. 181-3503, E-Mail: mayer@vwl.uni-mannheim.de, L7, 3-5, room 321.

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Retake exam Contract Theory

(Exam test course, English) Details
Lecture Type:Exam test courseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Malin Arve (associate)   Volkswirtschaftslehre, Angewandte Mikroökonomik
Professor Dr. Martin Peitz (responsible) martin.peitz@googlemail.com Volkswirtschaftslehre, Angewandte Mikroökonomik
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (Single date) 19.08.201310:15 - 11:45L 9, 1-2, 210
Description:

Retake exam (2.Prüfungstermin)

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