Elite Network: Evidence-Based Economics

Evidence-Based Economics

Successful economic policy requires a solid understanding of the causal effects of policy interventions: Which behavioral implications can policies have for firms and individuals? How can public intervention be designed optimally? To answer these questions, sound proficiency in identifying truly causal relation­ships is crucial. For this purpose, the international doctorate program “Evidence-Based Economics” strongly emphasizes the joint relevance of theory-based, experimental and empirical methods.

The International Doctorate Program at a glance

DegreePhD
Duration of studySix Semesters
Place of studyMunich, Nürnberg, Regensburg
Admission requirementsMaster’s degree in Economics or related fields
LanguageEnglish
Application deadlineSee official announcements
Further information on application
HeadProf. Dr. Joachim Winter
CoordinatorJulia Zimmermann
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Further informationWebsite Evidence-Based Economics

Answering Economic Questions in an Evidence-Based Paradigm

The aim of the International Doctorate Program is to provide doctoral students with the diverse metho­do­logical skills required to perform innovative, state-of-the art economics research within the EBE research agenda, and to apply these skills to important real-world problems. In the past two decades, experimental economists and eco­no­metricians have developed new tools to identify causal effects.


These tools include laboratory ex­pe­riments, (quasi-)natural and field ex­periments, and sophisticated iden­tification strategies in field stu­dies. In contrast to other doctoral pro­grams, EBE puts special em­pha­sis on the integration of these methods alongside economic theory. The EBE program takes the position that any experimental or empirical in­ves­ti­gation must be based on a solid theoretical foundation.

Portrait photo: Prof. Dr. Joachim Winter

The structure of the international doctorate program offers an ideal environment for comprehensive and in-depth metho­do­lo­gi­cal training and enables the doctoral students to rapidly enter the realm of evidence-based analysis of economic questions.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Winter

Furthermore, the program builds heavily on cooperation with partner institutions in Germany and worldwide and ultimately aims to train doctoral students so that they can work at the frontier of theory-guided, evidence-based economics, both in the academic and private-sector.

Snippets of the program

Learning about CEOs

London professor presented new findings on CEOs.

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Online Summer School

Professors from the USA and Great Britain present on cur-rent research topics.

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Snippets of the research

Psychology and Wage Setting

Felix Peterhammer’s research agenda is concerned with exploring how psychological effects influence economic decision making, especially in the firm-context.

Family Migration

Christoph Winter’s research studies different aspects of migration. One of his projects focuses specifically on the economics of family migration.

Stable strategies?

Michael Eichenseer and Johannes Moser investigated whether participants in game theory experiments acted similarly in two different types of experiments