School of Business and Economics


Marie-Sophie Lappe: 1st award for her Master's thesis

Marie-Sophie Lappe received the 1st award for her outstanding master's thesis in Economics and Finance in November 2022. The prize money of 1,200 EUR was donated by EY. WIWI NEWS wanted to know why she chose the study program, what question she pursued in her master's thesis and what she does today.

Marie-Sophie Lappe (right) has been awarded for her outstanding master's thesis in Economics and Finance. Left: Hon.-Prof. Dr. Mathias Schaber, Center: Max Kneißler, awarded in M.Sc. in Data Science in Business and Economics

WIWI NEWS: Congratulations on being awarded for your master's thesis. We are interested in why you decided to study Economics and Finance in Tübingen ?

Marie-Sophie Lappe: I had already completed my Bachelor's degree in Tübingen and therefore already knew that the quality of teaching in Tübingen is very good. Also, compared to other universities where friends from my hometown had studied, the Economics and Finance program was particularly flexible with interesting areas of focus. In particular, it was important for me to take a good statistics course in combination with finance and macroeconomics. Here, Tübingen was simply the most attractive. In addition, Tübingen as a city is simply perfect for studying!

What is your master thesis "Disaster Risk in DSGE Models - A Comparison" about?

Marie-Sophie Lappe: My master thesis is about a certain type of macroeconomic models that include the so-called Disaster Risk. These models consider the economy as a whole with the special factor that with a certain (small) probability (large) disasters can happen. Personally, I was interested in this topic mainly because it can be used to theoretically include climate change impacts. The thesis itself deals with the empirical estimation of two such models and compares them.

What are you currently doing and what does your future planning for your career look like?

Marie-Sophie Lappe: Currently, I am working as a trainee at the European Central Bank in the area of International Finance (more precisely, in the International Policy Analysis Department). Among other things, I am working on commodity markets and their impact on the European economy - a very topical issue with regard to gas and oil prices. Where to go after that is not yet decided - but probably abroad and potentially continuing in the commodities sector.

Thank you very much and good luck for the future!

The interview was done by Ramona Gresch