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The Department of Economics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München offers various


Successful candidates will earn their Ph.D. at the Munich Graduate School of Economics (MGSE). They will be affiliated to one of the following programs or institutions:

  • Department Chairs
  • Egon Sohmen Graduate Center
  • Evidence-Based Economics
  • GRK 1928: Microeconomic Determinants of Labor Productivity
  • Ifo Institute
  • Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
  • Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance

All positions provide advanced training for in-depth research in economics and have a strong focus on the application of state-of-the-art methods. The Ph.D. program combines demanding course work and an early start to individual research. Positions offer comprehensive supervising and mentoring schemes, excellent international contacts, and an outstanding research infrastructure.


We expect knowledge in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics at an advanced master’s level. Therefore, the standard entry requirement is a completed master’s degree in economics. Exceptions from this rule are possible in special circumstances. Any missing graduate-level training will be specified in an individual supervision agreement. Candidates should be highly motivated to conduct independent research.


Generally, Ph.D. students are paid according to a 75% position under the German TVL-E 13 payment scheme (or a roughly equivalent scholarship). The exact salary might slightly vary depending on personal circumstances, the affiliated institution and the teaching load the position might carry (a maximum of 5 hours per week during the semester).

Fluency in the German language is not required for admission.


The application period runs from December 15th, 2016 to March 31th, 2017. The positions and courses start in October 2017.
An admission committee will screen applications on a rolling basis. Applicants who present a detailed offer by another doctoral program may ask the admission committee for an early decision on their admission.

Applicants need the following documents for their application: CV, letter of motivation, certificate of secondary education (if available, encouraged), bachelor's diploma, master's diploma (or preliminary transcript of records), proof of English proficiency, GRE results, and two letters of recommendation. All documents must either be in English or German.

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