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 Thursday: 8.30am - 1pm

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

CfP for Special Session at the Social Simulation Conference 2018

The conference will take place during August 20–24, 2018 in Stockholm. The session "Agent-based Computational Archaeology: Networks" aims at stering a discussion on best-practice and new methodologies of representing dynamic networks, with a focus on archaeological applications.

You can get further information following the link: CfP for Special Session at the Social Simulation Conference 2018

Information Session about B.I.S.S

There will be an information session about Bochum International Spring School 2018. The session will take place on 2th November 2017, 18:00- 20:00 in HZO40.

You can get further information following the links below.

Course Information Winter Semester

For an outline of the courses offered by the Chair this Winter Semester, please follow the link below

Modules offered at the Chair of Macroeconomics

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.

Student Enquiries

Enquiries about courses should be made on Moodle!