General description
With currently 20 chairs in Economics and Statistics, and 25 junior and post-doctoral positions, the University of Mannheimʼs Doctoral Program in Economics is taught by one of the largest and most diversified departments in Germany. The department is consistently ranked as one of Germanyʼs best in research and teaching.
The program is part of GESS, Mannheimʼs Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences. This allows students to take field courses beyond Economics, in Business and Political Science, Psychology, as well as Sociology.
Many department members are affiliated with the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), that features policy oriented empirical research. Its main emphasis is in industrial and labour market economics, and in the economics of financial markets. Associated with the department is the Mannheim Institute for the Economics of Ageing (MEA), featuring research in this increasingly important area. Members of the department also participate in two long term research networks (Sonderforschungsbereiche) funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG).
The Doctoral Program in Economics is also funded by the DFG, and the Graduate School is funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments.

Universität Mannheim PhD Program