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Collaborative Research Centers

Collaborative Research Center 649 "Economic Risk":
What dangers and opportunities does risk hold?

In the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 649 "Economic Risk", economists, mathematicians, and statisticians from Humboldt-Universitaet, Technical University Berlin, Free University Berlin, Potsdam University, the Weierstrass Institute, and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), perform research on fundamental questions and issues such as "What are the significant economic risks and their consequences?" and "How can these risks be spread and controlled?" The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding three project groups: Individual and Contractual Answers to Risks, Capital Markets and Risk Analysis, and Macroeconomic Risks. In addition, for the first time funding is going to a data center. The Financial and Economic Data Center (FEDC) forms the base of the empirical and computer-aided quantitative-theoretic research of SFB 649 and is used by SFB researchers and visiting scientists from around the country and abroad.


Collaborative Research Center/ Transregio 15 (SFB/TR 15) “Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems”
participating chairs: Kamecke, Röller, Strausz, Wolfstetter
In 2003, the German Research Foundation (DFG) approved funding for Collaborative Research Center/ Transregio 15 (SFB/TR 15) “Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems”. The SFB/TR 15 is a twelve-year collaborative project between Humboldt University, Free University Berlin, and the universities of Bonn, Mannheim and Munich, as well as the Center for European Economic Research in Mannheim (ZEW). The SFB/TR 15 is the first Collaborative Research Center in economics in which several institutions cooperate in a network.
The SFB/TR 15 is organized in three project areas.

Project Area A "Strategic Interdependence and Institutions Design"
This project area forms the theoretical core of the research approach. It is concerned with the analysis of contract and competitive structures (e.g. auctions and tournaments) that are frequently used, particularly in electronic commerce.

Project Area B "Corporate Governance"
This project area analyzes the organization and decision-making problems within a company as well as between company owners and managers, including regulatory influences.

Project Area C "Market Organization"
In this project area, the central research questions are "Which market consequences result from the behavior of  market participants and which market structure will arise within a given institutional framework?" and "What is the forming role of the state and its influence on market developments?"


Collaborative Research Center 373 "Quantification and Simulation of Economic Processes"


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