Seminar “The Rationality Assumption in Economics”

In the winter semester 2016/2017 the Chair of Economic Theory offers a Seminar “The Rationality Assumption in Economics” for Bachelor and Master students.

The first meeting takes place on Wednesday, October 19th 2016 in room LG 5.430.

If you are interested in participating, please send a brief application email in advance to Timo Hoffmann (Timo.Hoffmann@fau.de)

For further information on the seminar, see here.

Here you can find a list of possible topics.

(04.08.2016)
 
 

Project Seminar: Experimental Economics

In the winter semester 2016/2017 the Chair of Economic Theory offers a

 Project Seminar: Experimental Economics

 For Further Information on the seminar, klick here.
First Meeting & Preliminary Discussion: Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 11:30 in room LG 3.166.
If you are interested in participating, please send a brief application email in advance to Michael Seebauer (michael.seebauer@fau.de)
(29.06.2016)
 
Job Opening

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Energy Market Design

 The Chair of Economic Theory at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg offers a Post-Doctoral Position as of October, 2016 (or shortly thereafter)

For further information on the Position, click here.
(10.05.2016)
 
 
Job Opening

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Experimental and Behavioral Economics

 The Chair of Economic Theory at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg offers a Post-Doctoral Position as of October, 2016 (or shortly thereafter)

For further information on the Position, click here.
(10.05.2016)
 
Permanent Change of Venue: Lecture Behavioral Economics

Due to the large number of participants the remaining lectures in this semester will all take place in room FG 0.015.

(20.04.2016)
Seminar Behavioral Economics

In the summer term 2016 the chair of Economic Theory of Prof. Dr. Grimm offers a seminar „Behavioral Economics“ for Master students.

The seminar will be a block seminar. The orgnizational meeting will take place at Wednesday, February 24th, at 1 pm in LG 0.423. If you are interested in the seminar and have not yet signed up or the organizational meeting please contact Timo Hoffmann (Timo.Hoffmann@fau.de) by mail. The seminar will be held in English. Further information about the seminar can be downloaded below.

To sign up for the organizational meeting and in case of questions, please send an e-mail to Timo Hoffmann (timo.hoffmann@fau.de).

The course description can be downloaded here.

(11.02.2016)
 
 
Lecture Behavioral Economics

In the summer term 2016, the chair of Economic Theory will again offer the lecture “Behavioral Economics”.

The course consists of a weakly lecture and an exercise session that takes place about every two weeks. Please find below some downloads related to general information on the course. Teaching is in English.

If you should have some questions, please contact Timo Hoffmann (timo.hoffmann@fau.de).

For the syllabus of the lecture, click here.

(27.01.2016)
 
Exam Review Behavioral Economics

On August 5, 2015 from 9-10 am you are given the possibility to review the exam in “Behavioral Economics” in room 5.115.

If you intend to review it, please write an e-mail (timo.hoffmann@fau.de) in to register for it.

(31.07.2015)
 
Seminar Behavioural Economics - Nudging: How Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference

The Chair of Economic Theory offers a seminar on “Nudging” in the summer term 2015.

For the placard of the seminar, click here.

For the syllabus of the seminar, click here.

(30.01.2015)
 
Seminar Methods and Practice in Behavioral and Experimental Economics

In winter term 2014 the Chair of Economic Theory offers a seminar to specifically prepare students interested in writing a thesis (Master or Bachelor) in behavioral or experimental economics for this task.

For further information click here.

 
(02.10.2014)
 
 
Behavioral Economics exam review

On August 5, 2014 from 4-5 pm you are given the possibility to review the exam in „Behavioral Economics” in room 5.114. If you intend to review it, please write an e-mail (holger.rau [ät] fau.de) in to register for it.

(31.07.2014)
 
Project Seminar: Experimental Economics

In the winter semester 2014/2015 the Chair of Economic Theory offers a

 Project Seminar: Experimental Economics

 For Further Information for the seminar, klick here. First Meeting & Preliminary Discussion: Monday, July 14, 2014 at 16:00 in room LG 5.430

(04.07.2014)
 
Job Opening

Positions in Energy Market Design

 (75% or full time/ TV-L E13 or A13)

The Chair of Economic Theory at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg offers a Research Assistant and a Post-Doctoral Position as of September 1, 2014 (or later).
For further information for the Post-Doctoral Position, klick here.
For further information for the Research Assistant Position, klick here.
(14.05.2014)
 
Job Opening

Positions in Experimental and Behavioral Economics

 (75% or full time/ TV-L E13 or A13)

The Chair of Economic Theory at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg offers a Research Assistant and a Post-Doctoral Position as of August 1, 2014 (or later).
For further information for the Post-Doctoral Position, klick here.
For further information for the Research Assistant Position, klick here.
(09.05.2014)
 

Seminar Energy Markets in Summer Term 2014 in Cooperation with N-ERGIE

In the summer semester 2014, the Chair of Economic Theory, Prof. Dr. Grimm, and the Chair of Regulation and Energy Markets, Prof. Dr. Zöttl, will offer an interdisciplinary seminar on Energy Markets in cooperation with N-ERGIE Nuremberg. The seminar will be held as block course during the semester.

The seminar will be in German and count as “Seminar zur Wirtschaftstheorie” (WiSo, Bachelor),  “Wirtschaftstheoretisches Seminar” (WiSo, Master) and „Energieökonomisches Seminar“ (TechFak). 

The objective of the seminar is to discuss both, model-based and practical problems and developments on the energy markets on the basis of economic theories. The participants will deal with scientific papers and models, but they will also learn to combine theory and practice and apply economic models to real-world problems in close cooperation with N-ERGIE.

The seminar will include an exclusive program including supervision of experts at N-ERGIE, group dinners and guided tours at N-ERGIE.

Organizational aspects:

  • The seminar is open to Bachelor and Master students (3 CP / 5 ECTS)
  • Requirements: Seminar paper (15 pages), presentation (20 minutes), discussions
  • First meeting & binding registration:

Thursday, February 06, 2014,

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.,

LG 5.155

 

If you have any questions, please contact: Dr. Claudia Leepa                   Email: claudia.leepa@fau.de                             Phone: 0911 / 5302-413

(22.01.2014)
 

Seminar: Tax Avoidance and Corporate Tax Shelters

Seminar: Tax Avoidance and Corporate Tax Shelters

 

Winter Semester 2013/2014

First mandatory meeting: 17th October 2013 at 16:45

 

 

In the winter semester 2013/2014 the Chair of Economic Theory (Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm) offers a Seminar on Corporate Tax Shelters. The seminar will be in English and is open to Bachelor and Master students.

The goal of the Seminar is to study some of the most important tax shelters used by multinational corporations with the objective of minimising their tax bill. Examples of prominent tax shelters are transfer pricing, cross-border dividend capture, corporate-owned life insurance, offshore intellectual property havens, and many others. We will focus not only on the mechanisms through which tax benefits accrue, but also on the various economic and legal aspects of tax shelters. In particular, we will explore the difference between legal and abusive tax avoidance based on various judicial doctrines such as the sham transaction and economic substance doctrines. In addition, we will go over some major legal cases in detail.

 

Some questions to be addressed are

  • The effect of an aggressive use of tax shelters on companies’ debt policy;
  • The various transfer pricing methodologies
  • A discussion of the consequences of aggressive tax avoidance on corporate reputation as illustrated by the recent cases of Starbucks, Google, etc.
  • Economic experiments concerning transfer pricing

 

Students’ task is to select a topic (e.g. specific shelter) of their choice and investigate in-depth its economic, legal, and, if possible, accounting features, producing a compelling presentation and a research paper. Applications to the German context are welcome.

 

There are some places left in the seminar and they will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis. Please email Boryana Madzharova (boryana.madzharova@fau.de) in case you would like to attend.

 

The seminar counts as “Seminar zur Wirtschaftstheorie” and “Seminar zur Finanzwissenschaft” but might be approved by other chairs as well.

(22.07.2013)
 

Behavioral Economics Seminar

Why obey the law? – Norms, rules and lows: Real world, theory and behavioral experiments

 

Winter Semester 2013/2014


First Meeting & Preliminary Discussion:

Friday October 18 at 3.00 p.m. - room 5.430

 

In the winter semester 2013/2014 the Chair of Economic Theory (Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm) holds the Project Seminar on Behavioral Economics (previously hold by Verena Utikal, Juiorprofessur for Behavioral Economics). The seminar is open to Bachelor and Master Students.

The objective of the seminar is the attempt to answer the broad question “Why people obey the law?”. The term “law” serves as a description of norms. The student will write a seminal paper, in which he will try to link literature and media from different sources. Some of the methods described in the suggested literature are classical theoretical constructs, while other methods are behavioral economical expetiments, neuro-econimcal experiment, psychological experiments, questionnaire data, etc. The student should try to link the findings from the literature to real-world situations and apply the conclusions.

Please look here for further information.

If you are interested in participating, please send a brief application email in advance to Lilia Zhurakhovska (lilia.zhurakhovska@fau.de) or simply attend the first mandatory meeting. Please indicate a ranking of three topics, which you would like to work on (favorite, second best, third best). Once enough students have signed up, you will be informer, which topic you are assigned to. Please be aware that the number of participants is limited. However, there is still a room for a few additional participants. Once you will are assigned a topic and you approve the topic, you are officially registered for the course.We are looking forward to your participation!
(01.10.2013)
 
Project Seminar: Experimental Economics, Winter Semester 2013/14

In the winter semester 2013/2014 the Chair of Economic Theory (Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm) holds the annual Project Seminar on Experimental Economics. The seminar is open to Master and Doctoral Students.

The objective of the seminar is the development, execution, and analysis of an experimental research project. This includes the development of an own research question (which is appropriate for an experimental investigation), designing an experiment to investigate this question, the technical implementation of the design as well as actually conducting the experiment in the experimental laboratory (LERN), and the statistical analysis of the results. The goal of the seminar is to get to know the method of experimental economics and to get a comprehensive overview of the single steps an experimental consists of. By developing a very own small research project the seminar relates closely to scientific practice.

In a first step the students develop and present an experimental research idea (ideally in small groups). One idea will be selected and implemented by the whole seminar group. This includes the development of the experimental design, programming and organizing the experiment, and the analysis of the experimental data. The single tasks will also be distributed among small groups. Accompanying the seminar there will be a brief introduction to z-Tree, the most common experimental software, and to non-parametric statistics which is used to analyze experimental data. The experiment will be conducted in the Laboratory for Experimental Research Nuremberg (LERN). In a last step the data will be analyzed and the project will be summarized by the students in a joint paper. The seminar grades will be determined by the project proposal as well as contributions to the design development, data analysis and the final paper summarizing the project. Additionally, there will be a short compulsory homework assignment about the introduction to programming and non-parametric statistics. The seminar should result in a first joint research paper.

Summary of the seminar’s main objectives:

  • Transformation of a (very own) research question into an experimental design
  • Introduction to programming with z-Tree
  • Preparation and execution of the experiment
  • Introduction to non-parametric statistics
  • Analysis of the experimental data

 

If you are interested in participating please send a brief application email in advance to Michael Seebauer (michael.seebauer@wiso.uni-erlangen.de).

The planned schedule for the seminar is as follows:

  • First Meeting & Preliminary Discussion: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 10:00
    in room LG 5.452
  • Selection of experimental research idea (calendar week 42)
  • Discussion of the experimental design (calendar week 45)
  • Testing of the experimental program in the laboratory (calendar week 49)
  • Execution of the experiment (calendar week 51)
  • Discussion of experimental results (calendar week 4, 2014)
  • Paper submission deadline (February 28, 2014)
We are looking forward to your participation!
(02.07.2013)
Dii Call for Applications
Dii is currently looking for an intern and/or working student to support the Regulation and Markets team.
(12.06.2013)
 

Graduate program EBE

Bavaria’s elite network promotes, beginning in 2013, the newly funded international graduate program “Evidence Based Economics” for a duration of (at first) 4 years. The cluster, led by the Munich-based Ludwig-Maximilian-University, engages the Universities of Regensburg, Würzburg, as well as the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg. During the first period of promotion in 2013-2017, the graduate program will procure € 2.2 Mio., offering 10 Ph.D. positions and covering additional material expenses.

Scientific initiator of the international graduate program is Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm. Within the cooperating universities, scientists involved include Profs. Dres.  Davide Cantoni, Martin Kocher, Klaus Schmidt, Joachim Winter, Florian Englmaier, Uwe Sunde and Andreas Roider.

The international graduate program “Evidence Based Economics” (EBE) pursues two main objectives. First, the graduate program will procure the Ph.D. students with the methodological means to carry out innovative and high-end research in economics. Second, the program will enable students to apply their knowledge to important real-world problems. The graduate program will procure an environment attractive to both foreign and German students. Based on existing cooperation, students will be granted access to a large number of contacts and research centers worldwide.

You can find the advertisement of the doctoral scholarships here.

For further information see the website of the graduate program.

(15.02.2013)
EFI Lectures winterterm 2012/13

Nine outstanding and original projects were launched within the Emerging Fields Initiative in 2012. FAU hosts the Emerging Fields Lectures to introduce these cutting-edge research projects and offer participants the opportunity to ask questions and discuss EFI projects. Four lectures will be held in the current winter term on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. in the Auditorium (Aula) of the Erlangen Castle, which will each focus on a specific project. The lectures will be continued in the summer term.

The lectures will be recorded and made available online after the completion of the lecture series:

(25.10.2012)

 

Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics

The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences of 2012 goes to the two scientists Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley. Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm, chair of Economics and Economic Theory explains why she thinks that this award for the two US-Americans is well-deserved, which relation she has to the award and to which extent the findings of Roth and Shaply are already used in practice. For futher information click here and here.

(16.10.2012)