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Welcome to the Institute of Macroeconomics

The Institute of Macroeconomics focuses on issues of the aggregate economy in research and teaching. Here, the employees use approaches which represent an alternative to conventional DSGE-models. The focus of the research lies on complexity and behavioral macroeconomics, where the actual behavior of economic agents is important for macroeconomic outcomes. The analysis on agents’ interactions is conducted by empirical methods like econometrics, surveys and laboratory experiments. With further insights, employees of the institute construct new models, on the base of complexity economics. From a methodological point of view, the use of agent-based models is a common approach for this purpose. The content of the conducted analyses always focuses on the exploration of societal and macroeconomic transformation processes like decarbonisation, which is important to fight climate change.

Secretary's Office Hours:

Monday to Friday 8.30am - 11.30am and 2pm - 4pm


Postal address:

Prof. Dr. Michael Roos
Chair of Macroeconomics
Building GC 2/159
Ruhr-University Bochum
44780 Bochum

Visitor address:

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Building GC
Room GC 2/159
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum

Telephone: +49 (0)234 32 28868
Telefax: +49 (0)234 32 14453

E-Mail: mak@rub.de

You can find the campus map here



News at the Chair

Guest lecture by Mr. Daniel L. Thornton on 19.04.2017

The Faculty of Economics and Management are pleased to welcome guest speaker Mr. Daniel L. Thornton to give a lecture on 19.04.2017.
The subject of his lecture is “Central Banking in Theory and Practice”. As former vice-president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Mr. Thornton will highlight and discuss actual developments in monetary policy. Questions and contributions to the discussion are very welcome.
The lecture begins at 5.15pm in room IC03/610. All students and employees of the Faculty are warmly invited to attend.


Course Announcement Bachelor module: Behavioural Environmental Economics

In the summer term 2017, Dr. Frederik Schaff (Fernuniversität Hagen) will offer the course "Behavioural Environmental Economics". For further information, please follow the link below:

Summer School on Computational Methods and Simulation in Economics

From June 6th to June 9th, the Institute for Macroeconomics organizes a Summer School for graduates and PhD students on Computational Methods and Simulation in Economics.

You can get further information following the links below.

Course Announcement for the Master seminar "Case studies in international Macroeconomics"

In the winter term 16/17, the applied seminar „Case studies in international macroeconomics“ will be held by Dr. Jörg Zeuner (Chief Economist at the KfW in Frankfurt). Participants will face chosen problems of the fields of fiscal, monetary, financial and/or currency-political economics by analyzing and solving several case studies. You can get further information following the link below.

Secretariat: Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8.30am - 11:30am and 2pm - 4pm

Student Enquiries

Enquiries about courses should be made on Blackboard!