Our focus

Economic inequality shapes our times. Research training group 2281 provides a unique research environment that brings together ambitious doctoral students, expert members of the University of Bonn econ faculty, and external academics. RTG 2281 is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The research program focuses on the macroeconomic aspects of inequality, an aspect of first-order importance for society. What are the facts of inequality that matter for macroeconomic outcomes? How shall fiscal, financial, and monetary policy take account of the trends in inequality?

The website guides the general public toward our research results. In addition, it serves to inform prospective students and fellow academics. We welcome inquiries from each of these groups!

News And Upcoming Events


It brings us great pleasure to share that our own, Moritz Schularick, has been awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of 2022 by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The Leibniz Prize for Moritz Schularick honors his outstanding research achievements in the field of economics. This applies in particular to the reconnection of macroeconomics with economic history and its insights into the causes of financial crises and the historical development of the wealth distribution. He has provided a more fundamental understanding of crisis dynamics that can help anticipate and mitigate future financial crises. More recently, Schularick has focused on the causes of social inequality. Overall, his work has contributed significantly to a better understanding of current economic problems and is taken up in many economic and social policy debates.

Congratulations, Moritz!


Upcoming Events:

We are happy to have Jesse Perla (University of British Columbia) this Wednesday, December 15th, as part of our joint seminar series with UCL. The title of the presentation will be: Exploiting Symmetry in High-Dimensional Dynamic Programming

For more information or if you wish to participate in the seminar (as a speaker or spectator), feel free to contact us!