S520 Topics in International Economics and Finance


Lecturer:Prof. Dr. Martin Biewen
Dipl.-Math. Andos Juhasz
Profiles:M.Sc. in International Economics and Finance
M.Sc. in European Economics
M.Sc. in International Economics and American/ East Asian/ European/ Middle Eastern Studies
M.Sc. in Accounting and Finance
M.Sc. in General Management
M.Sc. in European Management
Prerequisites:Basic knowledge of Statistics and Mathematics
Time and Place:

Block seminar, third or fourth week of January 2011

Introductory Session:13.10.2010, 1 pm, Mohlstr. 36, Room E 05
Exam:1) Term paper
2) Paper presentation
3) Discussion of another paper
Credits:7,5 ECTS

Seminar outline

All participants are expected to read F. Cowell's article on "Measurement of Inequality" in the Handbook of Income Distribution (Cowell, F.: Measurement of Inequality, in: Handbook of Income Distribution, Volume 1, edited by A. B. Atkinson and F. Bourguignon, Elsevier Science B.V., pp. 87 - 166).

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 from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study.

For the presentation and the term paper, it may be necessary to consult further references.


1) Ranking distributions

2) Axiomatic approch to inequality measurement

3) Welfare functions

4) The structure of inequality

5) Multidimensional approaches

6) Statistical inference

7) Further topics

Course materials

Some course materials will be made available through Ilias. In order to receive the password, please contact Andos Juhasz.

Further information

If you are interested in participating in this seminar, please contact Andos Juhasz.