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Structure of the MGSE

As the umbrella organization for the department’s graduate education, the MGSE coordinates various institutions and programs. All Ph.D. students from these institutions or programs conduct their research and their Ph.D. studies under the doctoral regulations of the Department of Economics. For more information about the respective institutions or programs please click on the links below:

  • Department chairs: Research associates conducting their Ph.D. at one of the department chairs are an integral part of the MGSE and participate fully in the structured Ph.D. program.
  • Egon-Sohmen Graduate Center: The ESGC is devoted to the financial support of the most excellent young scholars in the field of economic science. The Egon Sohmen Fellows can be affiliated to one of the MGSE structured graduate programs.
  • Evidence-Based Economics: This program is a joint undertaking of the Universities of Munich, Erlangen-Nuremberg and Regensburg generously funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria. The research agenda aims to apply and further develop economic methods in order to better understand the mechanisms that govern economic decision making and to properly evaluate the costs and benefits of policy interventions.
  • GRK 1928 - Microeconomic Determinants of Labor Productivity: This program is a specific Ph.D. program funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The focus of this Research Training Group is on decisions affecting the quality of labor, incentives and innovations, and the organization of labor in firms.

  • Ifo Institute: The Ifo Institute is a European think tank that forms a bridge between academic research and public discourse. Ph.D. students will be working at one of the eight departments at the Ifo Institute.
  • Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition: This MPI focuses on fundamental research pertaining to innovation, entrepreneurship and competition. Particular research areas are industrial organization, intellectual property, science policy, economics of innovation and new technologies as well as the regulation of competition mechanisms and behavior.
  • Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance: The MPI studies the functioning of governments, challenges, and opportunities for reforms. Thereby modern public economy concepts and methods of economic theory, econometrics and experimental economics are applied, especially in the analysis of incentives in the relationship between private economic agents and the government.