About the Program


The BGPE course program provides doctoral students with a sound knowledge of advanced economic methods and supports them in their own research.

It offers at least five block courses per year. Three core courses take place every year. These core courses are as follows:

  • Advanced Econometrics
    (i.e. Dynamic Panel Models, VAR-Models, Copulas in Financial-Markets-models)
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
    (i.e. New Growth Theory, Dynamic Models in Macroeconomics)
  • Advanced Microeconomics
    (i.e. Contract Theory, Information Economics, Game Theory)

They are complemented by courses on varying selected topics from the field of economics such as

  • Labor Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Health Economics
  • International Trade

The courses are taught by leading international researchers. Each course lasts one week, with lectures in the morning and the afternoon, and is completed by an exam.

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Research Workshops

Each year, the BGPE organizes two research workshops. They provide an opportunity for doctoral students from participating universities to present their research to peers and experienced scientists. This gives young economists an excellent opportunity to network and gather constructive feedback. Participation in research workshops is not open for external participants.

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Guest Program

To support international networking, the BGPE invites prominent economic researchers from around the world to visit Bavarian universities. These guests present their current work, are available for academic discussions, and advise our doctoral students.

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Discussion Papers

Our doctoral students circulate their research output in the BGPE Discussion Paper series before submitting it to refereed scientific journals.

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»BGPE Doctoral Student« status

Outstanding doctoral students from participating Bavarian universities can apply for the »BGPE Doctoral Student« status. This provides them with 1,000 Euro per year for research related expenditures, the opportunity to present their studies at BGPE workshops, and a BGPE certificate after completion of their doctoral degree.

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