School of Business and Economics

Assignment of a Bachelor Thesis

In order to avoid bottlenecks when allocating Bachelor's theses, the Examination Office centrally records the student preferences for the choice of Bachelor's thesis for each year. All students in the B.Sc. degree programmes who are in their fourth or higher semester in the summer semester 2021 and have not yet written a Bachelor's thesis receive a letter asking them to complete a form for their Bachelor's thesis choices. We will evaluate your answers and inform you of the result. We can only assign you a Bachelor thesis if you send us the questionnaire by July 19, 2021 at the latest. Please note that you can only be admitted to the bachelor thesis as soon as your achievements have been completed up to and including the third semester according to the study plan (new examination regulations). In a further step, we will forward your details to the individual chairs for the assignment of topics. There you have to register before the end of the previous semester.

winter semester 2021/22

B322a Bachelorarbeit in Marketing

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Wiebke Keller, Prof. Dr. Stefan Mayer
General topic: In this seminar selected aspects of marketing will be deepened by writing a bachelor thesis. In addition, analytical and argumentative skills are trained.

In the bachelor thesis seminar in the winter semester 2021/22, we will deal with the influence of weather on people's behavior, e.g. buying behavior. For this purpose, we will first collect data on the variable of perceived weather, before each group will analyze this variable in more detail on a topic-specific basis. In doing so, we are interested in:

  • How strongly perceived weather correlates with actual observations. Since companies cannot directly observe perceived weather, it is necessary to find out which of the observable weather variables (e.g., temperature, wind, cloud cover) most strongly influences people's perceptions of weather (Topic 1).
  • How weather influences general mood, which in turn influences buying behavior (Topic 2).
  • How perceived weather directly influences buying behavior and how this differs across different product categories. For example, we would expect a stronger effect for ice cream than for toilet paper (Theme 3).

The sub-topics will each be worked on by a group of students, yet each* student will write their own paper. The exact distribution of topics will be announced at the kick-off event.

Seminar type: blocked
Number of participants: 12 participants

B342 Bachelor Thesis Seminar on HRM and Organization

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Pull, Dr. Jasmin Joecks

General topic: The seminar serves the preparation, creation and presentation of a Bachelor thesis. The topics offered can change. Students select their own problem-related research question within given topic blocks and work on it independently. A company excursion - usually offered - enables the students to reflect questions on the topic in practice. At the final presentation, the students present their results to the entire group of participants and then create - together with other participants - a poster in which references between the results of their own work and the results of other participants are worked out. More information on the research unit's website: https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/213976.

Seminar type: blocked

Number of participants: 24

B352 Bachelorarbeit in International Business Taxation

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Martin Ruf

General topic: The content of the seminar and the registration deadlines as well as the modalities will be announced on the homepage of the chair before the end of the lecture period of the previous semester. Here, you'll find more information on the topics etc.

Seminar type: blocked

Number of participants: 12 participants

B362 Bachelor Thesis Seminar on Leaders & Teams

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Philip Yang

General topic: This seminar deepens the understanding of selected topics within the fields of leadership and teams through a bachelor thesis. Analytical and argumentative skills are further trained.

Seminartype: blocked. The seminar will tend to be held online.

Limited attendance: 12 participants

B392 Bachelor Thesis Seminar in International Business

Dozent: Prof. Dr. Markus Pudelko

Generalthema: Students writing their Bachelor thesis with the Department of International Business will have to attend this seminar in order to present the key outcomes of their thesis. In order to write the Bachelor thesis and participate in the Bachelor Thesis Seminar, students will have to pass at least one IB module before. Attending the Seminar “B394 Introduction into Research Methodology for B.Sc.” and passing its exam. The final mark will be based on the thesis and its presentation. The application modalities will be announced on the website of the Department of International Business.

Seminartyp: blocked; October 26, 2021 (online); Octotber 27, 2021 (offline, 2-4 p.m.); January 24-25, 2022 (offline, all day)

Number of participants: 12 participants

B302 Bachelorarbeit in Finance

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Christian Koziol

General Topic: Students work intensively on a given topic through independent analysis, the presentation of the findings in the form of a written paper, as well as the findings found in the discussion.

Possible topics for the bachelor's thesis are:

  1. Risk premiums on the stock market
  2. Share certificates: valuation and risk analysis
  3. Investment strategies on the German bond market
  4. Current challenges on the capital markets

The students intensively work on and analyze a given topic within the framework topic of the seminar. Through independent analyses, the presentation of the findings in the form of a written paper as well as the discussion of the findings in the context of a short presentation, the students are enabled to comprehensively assess their topic and to compare it with the models/concepts commonly used in the literature.

Seminar type: blocked, presumably on-site

Number of participant: 12 participants

E312 Bachelor Thesis Seminar on Empirical Public Economics

Lecturer: Dr. Tobias Brändle

General topic: The seminar will deal with selected topics in public economics. Students are expected to write an essay (bachelor thesis) and to present their results in class (both in English). The presentations are mandatory. The seminar is based on journal articles at the frontier of modern economic research. The articles typically evaluate public policies using modern empirical techniques. Having some basic knowledge in empirical economics is therefore very helpful.

Seminartype: weekly and online; registration by sending an e-mail to tobias.braendlespam prevention@iaw.edu (subject: E312 registration); more information available online; prerequisites: E376 A toolkit for writing your bachelor thesis

Limited attendance: 12 participants

E322 Bachelor Thesis Seminar on International Trade and Economic Integration

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Kohler, Dr. Peter Eppinger

General topic: The seminar has a varying focus, but will always deal with issues of international trade, migration or economic integration. The courses in Theory and Policy of International Trade (E371) as well as European Economic Integration (E321) will form the point of departure, from which we move up to the frontier of academic research on special topics that play an important role in the present literature and the present policy debate.

Seminartype: blocked on-site

Limited attendance: 24 participants

E332 Bachelor Thesis Seminar on the Economics of Climate Change

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Gernot Müller, Prof. Dr. Willi Mutschler

General topic: The seminar is on economics of climate change. Students work on one of the papers/themes announced. These papers will be assigned during the introductory session.
Your thesis should demonstrate that you have full understanding of what is going on in the paper and that you are able to place the issue in a broader context. A good thesis may also present some small modification to the treatment that you find in the original articles.

Seminartype: blocked seminar; the Seminar will include a two-day conference in Bad Herrenalb, where the presentation sessions will take place (scheduled from January 13, 2022 - January 15, 2022). More information can be found here.

Limited attendance: Please register for this course on Ilias; 24 participants

E342 Bachelor Thesis Seminar on Selected Topics in Economics

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Frank Stähler

General topic: This seminar will deal with different selected topics in economics, mostly, but not exclusively, from the field of international economics. Having attended an international economics class is therefore helpful, but not mandatory. There is a two-stage process to attend this seminar: first you have to sign up with the examination office, and second, you will get an email from us with the details of the seminar. You are expected to write a 20 page essay.

Seminartype: blocked

Limited attendance: 12 participants

E362 Bachelorseminar in Economic History

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Jörg Baten

General Topic: Possible topics for the bachelor's thesis are:

  1. Risk premiums on the stock market
  2. Share certificates: valuation and risk analysis
  3. Investment strategies on the German bond market
  4. Current challenges on the capital markets

The students intensively work on and analyze a given topic within the framework topic of the seminar. Through independent analyses, the presentation of the findings in the form of a written paper as well as the discussion of the findings in the context of a short presentation, the students are enabled to comprehensively assess their topic and to compare it with the models/concepts commonly used in the literature.

Seminar type: blocked course

limited participants: 20

E372 Bachelor Thesis Seminar on International Economics

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Valeria Merlo

General topic: The seminar deals with topics in international, geographical, and development economics. The focus of the seminar will be on the empirical evaluation of economic policy. Having some basic knowledge of microeconometrics and microeconomic theory is necessary. Students are expected to write an essay (bachelor thesis) and to present their work (both in English). There are two different modalities: (i) students may choose to critically discuss a recent research paper, or (ii) they may conduct their own empirical research. In any case, they may choose their area of interest. The specific topic or research question will be developed together with the supervisor. For information on possible areas and topics please visit our website (Link: https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/146781)

Some examples of recent bachelor theses:
Replication and extension of empirical studies using original data:

  • Gendered Effects of COVID-19 on Paid and Unpaid Work - Insights from School Reopenings in the UK
  • The Effects of COVID-19 in Developing Countries - A Critical Analysis of Bharati and Fakir (2020)
  • The effects of cash-transfers on labor informality: Evidence from Argentina
  • Factor Immobility and Regional Impacts of Trade Liberalization: Evidence on Poverty from India

Discussion and critical assessment of a paper:

  • Perverse Consequences of Well Intentioned Regulation: India's Child Labor Ban
  • Transport Costs, Trade and Urban Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Roads, Exports and Employment: Evidence from a Developing Country
  • Skill Transferability, Migration, and Development: Evidence from Population Resettlement in Indonesia
  • The Global Economics of Water: Is Water a Source of Comparative Advantage?
  • The Productivity Advantages of Large Cities: Distinguishing Agglomeration from Firm Selection
  • What causes Industry Agglomeration?
  • Identifying Agglomeration Spillovers: Evidence from Winners and Losers of Large Plant Openings
  • The Costs of Remoteness: Evidence from German Division and Reunification
  • Trade Liberalization and the Wage Skill Premium: Evidence from Indonesia
  • The China Syndrome: Local Labor Market Effects of Import Competition in the United States
  • Globalization and Wage Inequality: Evidence from Urban China
  • Explaining Job Polarization: Routine-Biased Technological Change and Offshoring
  • The Wage Effects of Offshoring: Evidence from Danish Matched Worker-Firm Data
  • Services Reform and Manufacturing Performance: Evidence from India
  • Transfer Pricing by Multinational Firms: New Evidence from Foreign Firm Ownerships
  • Knocking on Heaven’s doors: Multinational Firms and Transfer Pricing

Seminartype: weekly, online

Limited attendance: 12 participants

Registration: students who have been assigned to this bachelor thesis seminar should send an E-mail to secretary.v6spam prevention@wiwi.uni-tuebingen.de (subject line "E372") within the deadline announced each term via ALMA. Please check detailed Information on our website

S312 Bachelorseminar in Empirical Economics

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Joachim Grammig, Prof. Dr. Martin Biewen

General topic: Topics in Empirical Economics, Business and Finance; students learn how to write a term paper on a topic related the research interests of the chairs of Prof. Grammig and Prof. Biewen. They learn how to present their paper in front of a critical audience.

Seminartype: blocked

Limited attendance: 24 participants

summer semester 2022

B312 Bachelorarbeit in Banking & Finance

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Werner Neus

General Topics: The general topic for the 2022 summer semester is "Bank Management". Instructions for writing scientific texts. Analytical and argumentative skills are also trained. Further information on topics and registration at the beginning of February 2022 on the chair homepage: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/19525; literature-based papers are assigned; the topics are given by the research unit.

Seminar Type: blocked; start in the lecture-free period; first announcement at the beginning of January; processing time usually begins in mid-March; the seminar usually takes place at the end of June/beginning of July.

Number of participants: 24 participants

B322a/B322b Bachelorseminar in Marketing

Lecturer: B322a: Prof. Dr. Wiebke Keller/Prof. Dr. Stefan Mayer, B322b: Privatdozentin Dr. Adrienne Cansier

General Topic: In the context of this seminar selected aspects of marketing will be deepened by writing a bachelor thesis. In addition, analytical and argumentative skills are trained. Please note the information on registration deadlines and dates on the homepage of the chair.

Seminar Type: blocked

Number of participants: 12 participants per seminar 

B332 Bachelor Thesis Seminar on Managerial Accounting

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Patrick Kampkötter

General Topic: The seminar prepares and accompanies the writing of bachelor thesis. Different topics of Managerial Accounting will be deepened by writing and discussing a bachelor thesis. Information on registration deadlines and modalities can be found on the homepage of the chair

The following overview shows exemplary topics that can be dealt with during the bachelor seminar:

  •     Cost allocation and calculation
  •     Cost accounting in banks
  •     CSR reporting and controlling
  •     Managerial Accounting in Hospitals (e.g. key figures for performance measurement in health care, activity-based costing in hospitals, cost unit accounting, risk monitoring)
  •     Managerial Accounting at Universities (Balanced Scorecard/Academic Scorecard, Calculation of Course Costs, Overhead Cost Allocation at Universities)
  •     Digitalization in accounting
  •     Environmental Cost Accounting/Carbon Accounting
  •     Managerial Accounting and Sustainability: Sustainable Value Added
  •     Transfer pricing
  •     Budgeting
  •     Current trends in cost management

Seminar Type: blocked

Number of participants: 24 participants

B352 Bachelorarbeit in International Business Taxation

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Martin Ruf

General Topic: The content of the seminar and the registration deadlines and modalities will be announced on the homepage of the chair before the end of the lecture period of the previous semester. 

Seminar Type: blocked

Number of participants: 12 participants

B362 Bachelor Thesis Seminar on Leaders and Teams

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Philip Yang

General topic: This seminar deepens the understanding of selected topics within the fields of leadership and teams through a bachelor thesis. Analytical and argumentative skills are further trained.

Seminartype: blocked

Limited attendance: 12 participants

B382 Bachelor Thesis Seminar on (International) Accounting, Auditing and Corporate Governance

Lecturer: N.N.

General Topic: The content of the seminar and the registration deadlines as well as the modalities will be announced on the homepage of the chair before the end of the lecture period of the previous semester!

Seminar Type: blocked

Number of participants: 24 participants

B392 Bachelor Thesis Seminar in International Business

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Markus Pudelko

General topic: Students writing their Bachelor thesis with the Department of International Business will have to attend this seminar in order to present the key outcomes of their thesis. In order to write the Bachelor thesis and participate in the Bachelor Thesis Seminar, students will have to pass beforehand the seminar “Introduction into Research Methodology for B.Sc.” also offered by the Department of International Business. The final mark will be based on the thesis and its presentation.

Seminartype: blocked

Limited attendance: 12 participants

B302 Bachelorarbeit in Finance

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Christian Koziol

General Topic: Students work intensively on a given topic through independent analysis, the presentation of the findings in the form of a written paper, as well as the findings found in the discussion.

Possible topics for the bachelor's thesis are:

  1. Risk premiums on the stock market
  2. Share certificates: valuation and risk analysis
  3. Investment strategies on the German bond market
  4. Current challenges on the capital markets

The students intensively work on and analyze a given topic within the framework topic of the seminar. Through independent analyses, the presentation of the findings in the form of a written paper as well as the discussion of the findings in the context of a short presentation, the students are enabled to comprehensively assess their topic and to compare it with the models/concepts commonly used in the literature; block course.

Seminar Type: blocked

Number of Participants: 12 participants per lecturer

E312 Bachelor Thesis Seminar on Empirical Public Economics

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Georg Wamser

General topic: The seminar will deal with selected topics in public economics. Students are expected to write an essay (bachelor thesis) and to present their results in class (both in English). The presentations are mandatory. The seminar is based on journal articles at the frontier of modern economic research. The articles typically evaluate public policies using modern empirical techniques. Having some basic knowledge in empirical economics is therefore very helpful.

Seminartype: weekly; registration by sending an e-mail to georg.wamserspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de (subject: E312 registration); more information available online; prerequisites: E376 A toolkit for writing your bachelor thesis

Limited attendance: 12 participants

E342 Bachelor Thesis Seminar on Selected Topics in Economics

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Frank Stähler

General topic: This seminar will deal with different selected topics in economics, mostly, but not exclusively, from the field of international economics. Having attended an international economics class is therefore helpful, but not mandatory. There is a two-stage process to attend this seminar: first you have to sign up with the Examination Office, and second, you will get an email from us with the details of the seminar. You are expected to write a 20 page essay.

Seminartype: blocked

Limited attendance: 12 participants

E352 Bachelor Seminar in Industrial and Innovation Economics

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Manfred Stadler

General Topic: In the bachelor seminar, the material from industrial and/or innovation economics is deepened in terms of model theory and applied to suitable case studies. Possible topics have already been mentioned in the lectures and can be inquired at the research unit. In addition, own suggestions can be made. Students become familiar with writing and presenting a bachelor thesis on selected topics of economic theory. They learn to understand a research question in terms of model theory and to derive implications for corporate and/or economic policy from it.

Seminar Type: blocked

Number of participants: 24 participants

E362 Bachelor Seminar in Economic History

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Baten

General Topic: In a bachelor thesis on economic history, economic history data sets are independently processed and analysed. The focus can be on a specific world region or on the comparison of different world regions. In coordination with the supervisor, the students select their central topic themselves and can thus deepen their specialisation in a world region during their studies. Depending on the topic, the data sets used can either be collected independently or provided by the chair. During the working process, the students are accompanied in writing this scientific work. The main results are presented and defended in the seminar. In addition to individual supervision, there are also small group lessons (n.a.).

Seminar Type: blocked (n.a).

Number of participants: 20 participants

E372 Bachelor Thesis Seminar on International Economics

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Merlo

General topic: The seminar deals with topics in international, geographical, and development economics. The focus of the seminar will be on the empirical evaluation of economic policy. Having some basic knowledge of microeconometrics and microeconomic theory is necessary. Students are expected to write an essay (bachelor thesis) and to present their work (both in English). There are two different modalities: (i) students may choose to critically discuss a recent research paper, or (ii) they may conduct their own empirical research. In any case, they may choose their area of interest. The specific topic or research question will be developed together with the supervisor. For information on possible areas and topics please visit our website (Link: https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/146781)

Some examples of recent bachelor theses:
Replication and extension of empirical studies using original data:

  • Gendered Effects of COVID-19 on Paid and Unpaid Work - Insights from School Reopenings in the UK
  • The Effects of COVID-19 in Developing Countries - A Critical Analysis of Bharati and Fakir (2020)
  • The effects of cash-transfers on labor informality: Evidence from Argentina
  • Factor Immobility and Regional Impacts of Trade Liberalization: Evidence on Poverty from India

Discussion and critical assessment of a paper:

  • Perverse Consequences of Well Intentioned Regulation: India's Child Labor Ban
  • Transport Costs, Trade and Urban Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Roads, Exports and Employment: Evidence from a Developing Country
  • Skill Transferability, Migration, and Development: Evidence from Population Resettlement in Indonesia
  • The Global Economics of Water: Is Water a Source of Comparative Advantage?
  • The Productivity Advantages of Large Cities: Distinguishing Agglomeration from Firm Selection
  • What causes Industry Agglomeration?
  • Identifying Agglomeration Spillovers: Evidence from Winners and Losers of Large Plant Openings
  • The Costs of Remoteness: Evidence from German Division and Reunification
  • Trade Liberalization and the Wage Skill Premium: Evidence from Indonesia
  • The China Syndrome: Local Labor Market Effects of Import Competition in the United States
  • Globalization and Wage Inequality: Evidence from Urban China
  • Explaining Job Polarization: Routine-Biased Technological Change and Offshoring
  • The Wage Effects of Offshoring: Evidence from Danish Matched Worker-Firm Data
  • Services Reform and Manufacturing Performance: Evidence from India
  • Transfer Pricing by Multinational Firms: New Evidence from Foreign Firm Ownerships
  • Knocking on Heaven’s doors: Multinational Firms and Transfer Pricing

Seminartype: weekly

Limited attendance: 12 participants

Registration: students who have been assigned to this bachelor thesis seminar should send an E-mail to secretary.v6spam prevention@wiwi.uni-tuebingen.de (subject line "E372") within the deadline announced each term via ALMA. Please check detailed Information on our website

S312 Bachelorseminar in Empirical Economics

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Martin Biewen, Prof. Dr. Joachim Grammig

General Topic: Topics in Empirical Economics, Business and Finance. Students learn how to write a term paper on a topic related the research interests of the chairs of Prof. Joachim Grammig and Prof. Martin Biewen. They learn how to present their paper in front of a critical audience.

Seminartype: blocked

Limited attendance: 24 participants

The information listed here has been reported back to the Dean of Studies by the individual chairs. Should you require further information, please contact the chairs directly.