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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - School of Business and Economics

Research Training Group 1659 “Interdependencies in the regulation of markets”


The Research Training Group (RTG) 1659 “Interdependencies in the regulation of markets” offers outstanding young researchers a full-time, internationally competitive doctoral program with a unifying research focus and financial support in the form of scholarships. With its participating faculty, the RTG represents all major academic institutions in economics in Berlin: the Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, ESMT, WZB, and DIW. The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) finances the scholarship and the overall program of the RTG as part of its program "Graduiertenkolleg".


The RTG's doctoral program is based on the unifying research theme "Interdependencies in the regulation of markets". With a focus on the regulatory issues, the doctoral program combines demanding course work and a particularly early start of individual research. The course and research program are held entirely in English. The RTG works in close cooperation with the Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science (BDPEMS).


The group's research agenda “Interdependencies in the regulation of markets” studies in particular the interdependence of regulation in and between the three classical market segments:

  1. product markets
  2. labor markets
  3. financial markets


The program funds up to eight excellent doctoral students per year with a three-year scholarship for students with a master's degree in economics. These scholarships cover the student's living expenses and are financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG-Graduiertenkolleg). The recipients are selected competitively from all applicants based on academic excellence and research interest. The program does not charge tuition fees.

Upon entering the research program, students receive intensive supervision by a mentoring program of young researchers and two Ph.D. supervisors. The aim of supervision is to prepare students for independent research as quickly as possible. Students leave the program after completing a dissertation consisting of three research papers. They are expected to present their work in local workshops and at international conferences and to disseminate it initially in the program’s working paper series and ultimately in international, peer-reviewed journals. The program's final goal is international placement of its graduates at top academic institutions. The program provides financial assistance to achieve this goal. The program’s placement director and a career platform support the graduates in their next career step.

Doctoral students

  1. are taught the state-of-the-art knowledge of theoretical and applied economics that is essential at the frontier of economic research.
  2. get a profound overview of the current fields of research in modern regulatory economics.
  3. start their own independent research as soon as possible and present their progress regularly in front of faculty members and colleagues.
  4. get in touch with the international research community in economics and – as of entering the program – become part of the research community in Berlin (in particular, the Collaborative Research Center 649 "Economic Risk" and Transregio 15 "Governance and Efficiency in Economic Systems").



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