Our RTG 2281 is funded through a grant from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The DFG has a strong track record of supporting research training groups on the basis of scientific merit. Both the DFG’s guidance and funding help design programs that offer doctoral researchers an excellent environment for research and intensive supervision.


The Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE) coordinates the doctoral education in economics at Bonn. The BGSE has established a strong reputation for training and placing doctoral students []. The BGSE’s recent placements in macroeconomics alone include UCLondon, UC3Madrid, Mannheim, Tuebingen, ECB, IMF, Bank of England, Bundesbank, and Riksbank.

The RTG is established within the Department of Economics at the University of Bonn, one of the leading European economics departments []. The department is part of the European Doctoral Programme, providing a network of research institutions in Europe. In addition, the department has established formal exchange programs with UC Berkeley, and Yale University.


The Institute on Behavior and Inequality [] (briq) focuses on the microeconomic sources and consequences of inequality while pushing the frontiers of research in behavioral economics. briq supports the RTG through conference-funding and its research and a visitor network that is highly attractive for students of inequality. briq is located a few blocks from the department.


The Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) [] conducts and supports research on labor economics. IZA provides a highly visible international network of researchers as well as visitors interested in labor economics and inequality. IZA and the RTG 2281 work on jointly organizing conferences, and cooperating with regard to data management and access. IZA, too, is located only a few blocks from the department.