Center for Doctoral Studies in Economics (CDSE) of the University of Mannheim
The economics department in Mannheim is an excellent research hub and I really like the fact that we have a proper Graduate School. The University of Mannheim is very appealing for microeconomic theory which I want to investigate. I wanted a PhD program and this program is recognized worldwide. A successful PhD program has three pillars: First a solid foundation in terms of
methods, second good transition from coursework to own research, third good guidance to the students in becoming good members of the profession. We have intellectual leaders in all major areas of economics: Macroeconomics, in industrial organization, in labor economics, in development economics, in econometrics and so on. This diversity facilitates finding an optimal match between students and PhD advisors. I can freely choose my supervisor and do what I like, which is development and econometrics. It’s a US-styled system: That means you have a first year of core courses and then a second year of specialized courses. In the first two years you’re taught the key tools in economics and you’re brought
to the frontiers of research. Then: Three years of independent research time. Under the supervision of a PhD advisor, and this is complemented by a series of
seminars and special courses, for instance on presentation skills. And we have a chance to present our own work and listen to wonderful speakers who come to visit our department. Students are required to take at least one course from another social science, so sociology, political science, business administration or psychology. In addition, we provide ample opportunities for economic students to meet and interact with students from other social sciences. My fellow PHD students are really engaged and intelligent people, but above all they are very helpful in all matters of life in helping us come up with good research ideas but also in having a good time with each other. Well, going through PhD studies can be fairly demanding. The great thing about my fellow students is that they are very sociable, so whenever I need to escape, I can do it. They’re funny, they’re kind and supportive, from all over the world. For example I’m Russian and my best friend is French. Teaching PhD students means that
I’ve always to keep up to date with the latest developments, not only in my fields but also in other fields of economics. In a nutshell, PhD students keep me on my toes. The last five years we’ve had actually very successful placements in the United States, in Europe including Pompeu Fabra and we’ve had many central bank placements including the ECB. Grad School isn’t easy, so expect to work hard. At the same time, it will also be a lot of fun, so my advice would be: Be social. My advice for the prospective student is to be prepared to work hard, because the program is tough. But if you can make it, it’s gonna be a great experience.