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!

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On Tuesday, September 13,  the Hermann Heinrich Gossen Award 2022 was awarded to our own, Christian Bayer. The aim of the award is to promote the internationalization of German-language economics. The main criterion for the award is publications in internationally recognized journals. With this Award, the Verein für Sozialpolitik honors Christian Bayer’s contributions to the empirical analysis of macroeconomics impact mechanisms.

Congratulations, Christian!

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!