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!

Summer School

Each year, the RTG organizes a week-long summer school. The summer school brings together leading international faculty and ambitious doctoral students. The summer school is open to our own doctoral students and interested students from other universities. The idea is to create a stimulating environment to discuss and start research.

The first “Summer School — Macroeconomics of Inequality” will be held from June 25 – 29, 2018. We are particularly pleased that Per Krusell (IIES Stockholm) and Kjetil Storesletten (University of Oslo) have agreed to be the lecturers of this year’s first edition. The location is at the Universitätsclub in Bonn.
We would like to thank Prof. Dr. Tom Krebs who is kindly supporting us, financially, with his Priority Programme 1578 Financial Market Imperfections and Macroeconomic Performance also funded by the DFG.

The morning of each day features lectures on the state of the art. The focus is the lecturers’ choice. This may include empirical methods, such as the use of microeconomic data for macroeconomics, state-of-the-art theory, or numerical tools to quantitatively deal with inequality and heterogeneity in macroeconomics. The afternoon is reserved for student presentations. Lecturers and the group will provide feedback and discuss the ongoing research or research ideas.

The RTG’s summer school provides a unique opportunity to learn from leading researchers in the field about their approach to the macroeconomics of inequality.

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