Econometrics, Statistics and Empirical Economics

S510/S520 Topics in Economics and Finance

This seminar is jointly offered by the departments of Prof. Dr. Martin Biewen (Statistics, Econometrics, and Quantitative Methods) and Prof. Dr. Joachim Grammig (Econometrics, Statistics, and Empirical Economics).

Due to the Corona pandemic, there will be no preliminary meeting in person. Instead, please join the ILIAS folder, where you will have to upload a current transcript of records and fill out a survey regarding your topic preferences by April 18, 11:55pm. Your supervisor will be assigned to you based on your indicated preferences, and you will be contacted by her/him once the decision has been made.


Prof. Dr. Martin Biewen

Prof. Dr. Joachim Grammig

Dr. Jantje Sönksen

Dalia Elshiaty

Constantin Hanenberg

Marian Rümmele

Miriam Sturm

Level Master

At least one successfully completed master course offered by the departments of Prof. Biewen or Prof. Grammig

Language English
Credit Points 9

1. Term paper

2. Paper presentation

3. Discussion of another paper


until 18.04.2021, 11:55pm Upload transcript of records to the Ilias folder and fill out survey  
until 23.04.2021 Assignment to supervisor via email
until 29.04.2021 Discussion of the chosen topic with supervisor  
30.4.2021 Start of working time  
09.07.2021, noon (12:00) Deadline for submitting seminar thesis  


Presentation of final thesis time and format tba

Seminar outline

The seminar will be held jointly by the departments of Prof. Biewen and Prof. Grammig. Topics of the seminar will include:

Each participant will be assigned a specific topic. We expect all participants to prepare a professional presentation and a term-paper on his/her topic, which may include a small empirical application using data such as German Socio-Economic Panel Study or a data set from the field of finance.

Formal guidelines