Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Suggested topics

For those interested in writing a Bachelor's or Master's thesis at the Institute for Economic History, we provide a list of suggested topics. Some topics are suitable for both, a BSc or MSc thesis.

 

Bachelor's thesis

 

  • First Names in the Eastern Provinces of Prussia before 1914
  • The effect of Treuhand Privatization on local employment and the depreciation of human capital
  • Industry composition and the functional income distribution: Is there a dispersion in the labour share across European regions?
  • Real Income Inequality in Germany. Accounting for housing costs differentials
  • Economic and political power in Prussia
  • The effect of World War I on the stock market
  • Persistently poor? The geography of poverty in Berlin, 1871-1914 and 1990-2021
  • Rural backwaters and frontier cities? The network of public health officials in 19th century Prussia
  • The geography of cholera in Prussia, 1831-1892

 

Master's thesis

  • First Names in the Eastern Provinces of Prussia before 1914
  • Are utilities equalized across German regions? Amenities and housing
  • The Incentive to Vote: Evidence from Saxony

  • Early strikes in Imperial Germany

  • The „Kriegervereine“ in Imperial Germany

  • Foreign Trade and Legal Unification

  • Economic and political power in Prussia

  • The effect of World War I on the stock market

  • Did Bismarck's welfare state end local poor relief paternalism? Evidence from 19th century Berlin

  • On the long-run stability of the "Berlin mix": Did Hobrecht succeed?

  • Segregation through connectivity? Transport infrastructure and occupational concentration in 19th century Berlin