Department of economics

The Department of Economics at Ruhr-University Bochum  is one of the most reputable departments in Germany. A particular strength of the faculty is the strong focus on applied economics. The excellent performance becomes apparent by top positions in relevant rankings. For example, in the most recent FAZ ranking Prof. Schmidt, Prof. Bauer and Prof. Frondel are ranked among the Top 35 most influential economists in German-speaking countries. Overall, the Department of Economics has been ranked 3rd of all economics departments in Germany. Besides, faculty members hold leading positions in research and policy advice. Prof. Schmidt has been a member of the German Council of Economic Experts (‘Sachverständigenrat’) since 2009 and holds the chair of the council since 2013.

Thomas Bauer
Thomas Bauer has been professor of economics at Ruhr-University Bochum since 2003. He studied economics at the University of Munich and received his degree as Diplom-Volkswirt in 1993. From 1993–1997 he worked as research associate at SELAPO, University of Munich. In July 1997 he obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Munich for his dissertation on the labor market effects of immigration and migration policy in Germany. From 1997–1998 Thomas Bauer visited the Rutgers University, USA, under the auspices of a Feodor-Lynen-Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. In September 1998 he joined IZA as Senior Research Associate and became IZA Program Director for the Research Area “Mobility and Flexibility of Labor” in July 1999. Since February 2004 he is a Member of the Executive Board of RWI, since 2009 he is Vice-President. Further he is a research fellow of IZA and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) at the University of California-San Diego, USA. Since 2011 he is a member of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration. His main research interests are labor economics, migration economics, population economics, and applied microeconometrics. He has published several articles in collected volumes and journals such as Economica, Economic Inquiry, Economic Journal, Economics of Education Review, European Economic Review, Health Economics, Journal of Population Economics, and Labour Economics.

Homepage:  http://lehrstuhl.empwifo.rub.de/

Matthias Busse
Matthias Busse is professor of international economics since 2009. Before joining the faculty, he had a one-semester stint as an interim professor of economics at the University of Trier. From 2000 to 2008, he held positions as senior economist and head of the World Economy Programme at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA/HWWI). Matthias Busse is also a Director at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy at Ruhr-University Bochum and a research fellow at the HWWI. He received his Ph.D. degree and his habilitation degree in economics, both at the University of Hamburg. His main research interests are international trade, foreign direct investment, and development economics, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

Homepage: http://www.wiwi.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/iwb/
Manuel Frondel
Manuel Frondel is adjunct professor of energy economics and applied econometrics at Ruhr-University Bochum and, since 2003, head of the research division “Environment and Resources” at RWI in Essen, Germany. From 2001 to 2003, he held a position as senior economist at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, and was a part-time professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Heilbronn. He holds diplomas in physics and economic engineering and received his Ph. D. from the Department of Economics at Heidelberg University. His research interests include applied econometrics in the fields of environmental, resource, and energy economics.

Homepage: http://economics.rub.de/nc/ls/energy-economics-and-applied-econometrics.html

Vasyl Golosnoy  is professor of quantitative analysis (statistics/econometrics). He joined RUB’s Faculty of Management and Economics in the summer semester 2013. He obtained the doctoral degree from the European Univesity Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder) and completed the habilitation at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel. His research interests cover a broad field of topics in statistics and econometrics (in particular: univariate and multivariate time series analysis; multivariate statistical methods; change point detection; macroeconometrics and financial econometrics).

Homepage: http://www.wiwi.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/statoek/index.html.de


Sanne Hiller
 
is assistent professor in macroeconomics. She joined the RUB Faculty of Management and Economics in the summer term 2014. She obtained her PhD degree from Aarhaus University in 2011. After her PhD studies, Sanne Hiller was employed as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Leuphana University Lüneburg, and as Visiting Professor at Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg. Her research fields are international trade, migration and applied econometrics.

Homepage:  http://www.wiwi.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/jpmakro/index.html.de


Helmut Karl
Helmut Karl is professor of economics and economic policy since 1992. He received his Ph.D. degree and his habilitation degree in economics at Ruhr-University Bochum. He held positions as senior economist at German Council of Environmental Advisors, at the Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research [Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI)]. In 1992 he was assistant professor of economics at the Georg-August-University, Göttingen. From 1993 to 1996 he was professor for environmental and resource economics at the Friedrich-Wilhelm-University of Bonn. From 1996 to 2002 he was professor for economic policy at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena. Since October 2002 he is professor of economic policy at the Ruhr-University Bochum and chairman of the Ruhr Institute for Innovation Policy and Structural Change (RUFIS). His main research interests are economic policy, environmental and resource economics, spatial economics and regional policy.

Homepage: http://www.wiwi.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/vwp3/
Wilhelm Löwenstein
Wilhelm Löwenstein is professor of development research and managing director of the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (German acronym: IEE) since 2005. Joining Ruhr-University Bochum in 1995 he first held the position of IEE’s executive director and coordinator of research (1995-2005) and was associate professor at the University of Göttingen (2003-2005). Prof. Löwenstein chairs a number of international programs, amongst others the PhD-program in International Development Studies at RUB, the South African-German Centre for Development Research at the University of the Western Cape (Cape Town), the UAMR Graduate Centre for Development Studies (RUB and University Duisburg-Essen) and a country-wide project on capacity development at faculties of economics in Afghanistan. He received his Ph.D. degree and the habilitation from the University of Göttingen. His main research interests include economic growth and – from a microeconomic perspective – rigorous impact assessment of development interventions.

Homepage: http://economics.rub.de/nc/en/chairs/development-research.html

Johann-Christian Pielow
Johann-Christian Pielow holds a Chair in (Public) Economic Law and is associate at the Faculty of Law of Ruhr-University Bochum since 2003. He studied Law and Romance Philology at the Universities of Münster/Westphalia and Lausanne (CH) and spent a while at the London School of Economics & Political Sciences. After his legal clerkship and the Second State Exam he was researcher at the University of Cologne (Institute for Public Law & Administrative Science) and later-on at the University of Bochum (Chair of Public Economic Law). After his Ph.D. thesis (1992) he passed the habilitation procedure with a thesis on „Basic Structures of Public utilities” (Grundstrukturen öffentlicher Versorgung) under the European, French and German law (1998), followed by substitutions of professorships at the Universities of Cologne, Bonn, Munich and Dresden. Since January 2004 he acts as Managing Director of the Institute for Mining and Energy Law of the Ruhr University. His research & teaching activities focus on European, German and comparative economic law, in particular: Public Utilities and network industries, law of industrial activities (Gewerberecht), local administration and environmental law. Prof. Pielow maintains co-operative relations to prestigious research institutions all over the EU and beyond (i.a. with Latin American universities) and serves as consultant in different academic advisory boards, e.g. to the Journal of World Energy Law & Business, the “Recht der Energiewirtschaft” (Journal of Energy Law)  and the Federal Association of Public Services (BVÖD/CEEP).

Homepage: http://economics.rub.de/nc/en/chairs/economic-law.html


Nadine Riedel
Nadine Riedel took over the post as head of the Chair for Public Finance and Economic Policy. Nadine Riedel studied Economics and German Language & Literature at the University of Regensburg and the Trinity College Dublin. In 2008, she received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Munich for her thesis on corporate taxation of multinational firms. Prior to joining the Ruhr University Bochum, she held teaching and research positions at the University of Oxford and the University of Munich. From 2010 to 2014 she was a Professor of Public Economics at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart. Prof. Riedel is an expert in the area of corporate taxation. Her current research interests comprise the empirical identification of tax avoidance strategies of multinational corporations and the effects of R&D subsidies on corporate behavior. She is also interested in questions related to taxation in the context of developing countries. Methodologically, Nadine Riedel works with large micro data sets and applies microeconometric methods for the identification of causal effects. Her work was published in leading international journals.

Homepage:  http://www.wiwi.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/fiwipo/index.html.de

 Julio R. Robledo holds a Chair in Applied Microeconomics at Ruhr-University Bochum since 2011. He studied Economics and Mathematics at the Free University of Berlin, where he received his degree as Diplom-Volkswirt in 1994 and his doctoral degree in 2000.  From 2001-2002 he was a researcher at the DIW Berlin (German Institute for Economic Research) before joining the University of Vienna as assistant professor at the Department of Economics (2002-2007). He held a tenured lectureship at the School of Economics, University of Nottingham, from 2007-2011 before taking up the position in Bochum. He teaches public finance modules on market failure and taxation at bachelor level and applied microeconomic and IO oriented modules at master level. His main research interests are public goods, industrial organization, economics of innovation, and network economics.

Homepage: http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/appliedmicro/

Michael Roos
Michael Roos is professor of macroeconomics since 2009. He studied Economics at the Universität des Saarlandes, the Universidad de Sevilla, and the University of Michigan. After the Diplom, he joined the doctoral program (Graduiertenkolleg) "Resource Allocation, Economic Policy and Collective Decisions" and received his doctoral degree in 2002 from the Universität Dortmund. He completed his habilitation at the Universität Dortmund in 2008 and became a lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of East Anglia, UK. His main research interests are behavioral macroeconomics, complex adaptive systems and agent-based modeling, and financial macroeconomics.

Homepage: http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/mak/index.html.de
Jörg Schimmelpfennig
Jörg Schimmelpfennig is professor of theoretical and applied microeconomics at Ruhr-University Bochum. His major research areas are economic regulation, railway economics and defense economics. He has published in leading academic journals. He is a member of, inter alia, the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement, the United States Naval Institute, the Naval Historical Foundation, the Royal United Services Institute and the Army Records Society as well as a number of railway associations such as the Darjeeling and Himalayan Railway Society and the Great Western Society. He served as an advisor to renowned institutions and companies including the Office of the Railway Regulator (on track access charges) and the Royal Opera House, London (on ticket price differentiation), and is a member of his local parish board. Dr Schimmelpfennig obtained his doctorate from the Universität Osnabrück. Non-academic interests include supporting Arsenal and Liverpool FC, in that order, running a live-steam garden railway, and being taken by Max, a Jack Russell terrier, for a walk.

Homepage:  http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/vwt2/
Christoph M. Schmidt
Christoph M. Schmidt has been professor of economic policy and applied econometrics and president of the Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI) since 2002. He studied economics at the University of Mannheim, where he received his degree as Diplom-Volkswirt, at Princeton University, where he received his M.A. and his Ph.D., and at the University of Munich, where he received the degree of Dr. rer. pol. habil. From 1995 to 2002 he taught econometrics and labor economics as a Full Professor at the University of Heidelberg. Since 2009 he has been a member of the German Council of Economic Experts, since 2011 a member of the Enquete-Commission “Wachstum, Wohlstand, Lebensqualität” (“Growth, Welfare, Quality of Life”) of the German Bundestag. Since 1992, he has been a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London, and since 1996 a CEPR Research Fellow, and since 1998 also a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn. He is currently serving as an Editor of the German Economic Review and has published articles in journals such as The Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Public Economics. His research interests lie in several areas of applied econometrics, especially regarding labor markets, health, innovation, and energy economics.

Homepage: http://economics.rub.de/nc/en/chairs/economic-policy-and-applied-econometrics.html