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Conference on "New Approaches for Understanding Business Cycles"

Date: 30-31 August 2019

Venue: University of Mannheim

Organisation: Klaus Adam, Elisa Faraglia, Isabel Schnabel

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Workshop on "Trade Policy and Firm Performance in the Global Economy"

Date: 13-14 June 2019

Venue: Hardtwald Hotel, Bad Homburg

Organisation: Jan Schymik, Yanping Liu, Harald Fadinger



ECONtribute SPECIAL LECTURE: M&A im Bankwesen

Date: 28 May 2019, 16:15 - 17:45

Venue: University Bonn, Juridium Lecture Hall C

Organisation: Carola Braun



Third Bonn Mannheim PhD Workshop

Date: 11 May 2019

Venue: University of Mannheim

Organisation: Alina Bartscher, Marina Khismatullina, Raphael Epperson, Carl-Christian Groh, Mykola Ryzhenkov


This workshop provided an opportunity for Ph.D. students in Economics to present and discuss on-going work with fellow students and, more generally, served as a platform for the scientific exchange between Ph.D. students from the two nodes of the CRC TR 224, the University of Bonn and the University of Mannheim. Thirty-seven Ph.D. students participated in this workshop and the presented research covered a wide range of topics in Economics.


Compact Course by Asher Wolinsky (Northwestern University) on "Decentralized Markets and Simultaneous Search"

Date: 9 May 2019

Application Deadline: 18 April

Venue: University of Bonn, Juridicum, 3rd Floor, Room 3.006

Organisation: Stephan Lauermann



Frankfurt-Mannheim Macro Workshop 2019

Date: 08 March 2019

Venue: Schloss Mannheim, Ostflügel, Fuchs-Petrolub Saal O138

Organisation: Antonio Ciccone, Anne Hannusch, Zainab Iftikhar, Michèle Tertilt


The workshop, jointly organized by Antonio Ciccone (A04), Anne Hannusch and Michèle Tertilt (both A03), gathered around forty junior and senior researchers in macroeconomics from universities in Frankfurt and Mannheim. The workshop, funded by the CRC TR 224, provided a forum for the discussion and development of macro-oriented research projects using a wide range of methodological approaches. Topics included, but were not limited to: the relevance of household heterogeneity for aggregate labor market fluctuations, the importance of family structure in accounting for employment decisions of husbands and wives, rising household inequality and the American debt boom, and understanding the impact of migration on employment and the distribution of wealth.

Compact Course by Mark Armstrong (All Souls College, Oxford University) on "Theory Models of Advertising and Consumer Search"

Date: 13 - 14 December 2018

Application Deadline: 27 November

Venue: University of Bonn, Juridicum, Faculty Room

Organisation: Stephan Lauermann


Professor Mark Armstrong (Oxford) offered a two-day minicourse on “Theory models of advertising and consumer search.” The course was advertised to all graduate students and postdocs. Mark Armstrong is a renowned expert in economic theory and industrial organization with broad expertise who has served on the boards of many journals. The course consisted of a pair of lectures in the morning by Mark Armstrong. Over a joined lunch, the participants were able to ask further questions about the lectures and economics more generally. In the afternoon, advanced graduates students presented their own research projects and Mark Armstrong gave detailed feedback to the presenters (this included research projects in search but also many other areas in economic theory). The course was attended by students with an interest in theory not only from Bonn but also from Mannheim, Jerusalem, and Vienna.
Impact: The course was directly relevant for the research in the CRC, especially for the subproject B4 “Decentralized markets" which uses search theory in applications to decentralized markets such as the markets for housing and labor. Mark Armstrong presented work on the research frontier in “search theory” that would help both students who are already working in the area and provide a “kickstart” to those who think about the topic. Moreover, the course offered many young researchers from the CRC the opportunity to present their work in the afternoon from other subprojects as well.


Peer-to-Peer Markets: Airbnb and the Accommodation Industry

Date: 12 December 2018

Venue: Department of Economics, University of Mannheim (Room 458, 4th floor)

Organisation: Laura Grigolon


The goal of this workshop was to advance our understanding of peer-to-peer markets, as well as their impact on traditional providers, with a focus on Airbnb and the accommodation industry.The rapid growth of Airbnb is often attributed to a business model which uses technology to create markets for surplus resources. But part of the success of these online platforms may also come from the parallel legal universe they inhabit. Concerns about fair competition have grown with the size of these platforms. While it started as a platform for hosts to make some extra cash on the side by occasionally renting out spare rooms, entrepreneurs spied a more lucrative opportunity: acquiring a portfolio of empty properties and offering them as a direct, often cheaper, competitor to hotels,with consequences on sale prices of properties and long-term rentals. The workshop encouraged a discussion on these themes and a reflection on relevant research questions on the topic.


EPoS-MACCI-ZEW Workshop on Pan-European Evaluation of Climate Policies

Date: 6 - 7 December 2018

Application Deadline: 22 November 2018 (please send an email to [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]2 )

Venue: ZEW, Mannheim (Room Luxemburg)

Organisation: Ulrich Wagner, Dana Kassem


The MACCI-EPoS-ZEW Workshop on Pan-European Evaluation of Climate Policies, funded by the CRC TR 224, brought together 16 researchers from various European countries who are interested in the micro econometric evaluation of EU climate policy – particularly, CO2 emissions trading. From a policy perspective, the aim of the workshop was to prepare the basis for a much-needed pan-European evaluation of a pan-European policy – the EU emissions trading scheme.  During 1.5 days of presentations from researchers on each of the different European countries, the group shared their experiences with the econometric evaluation of climate policies using administrative microdata, and discussed approaches to program evaluation in this policy area. To carve the path towards a pan-European evaluation of the policy, the workshop participants collaborated in producing a pan-European database of information on the various data sources in each of the countries participating in the European emissions trading scheme as well as an overview of each national context.


MaCCI-EPoS Workshop on Mergers and Antitrust

Date: 29 November - 1 December 2018

Venue: Hardtwald Hotel, Bad Homburg

Organisation: Volker Nocke, Nicolas Schutz


The workshop, organized by Nicolas Schutz and Volker Nocke (both B03), gathered around twenty researchers to present and discuss empirical and theoretical research on horizontal mergers, common ownership, and other antitrust-related topics. The presenters were Christopher Conlon (NYU), Daniel Ershov (Toulouse), Mitsuru Igami (Yale), Justin Johnson (Cornell), Leslie Marx (Duke), Massimo Motta (Pompeu Fabra), Patrick Rey (Toulouse), Andrew Rhodes (Toulouse), Nicolas Schutz (Mannheim), Kosuke Uetake (Yale), and Xavier Vives (IESE). The discussants were Bernhard Ganglmair (Mannheim), Laura Grigolon (Mannheim), Volker Nocke (Mannheim), Andrew Rhodes (Toulouse), Pasquale Schiraldi (LSE), Philipp Schmidt-Dengler (Vienna), Nicolas Schutz (Mannheim), Anton Sobolev (Mannheim), Yossi Spiegel (Tel Aviv), and Christoph Wolf (Bocconi).


1st MaCCI-EPoS-CREST Workshop on Industrial Organization

Date: 22 - 23 November 2018

Venue: ZEW, Mannheim

Organisation: Volker Nocke

The first MaCCI-EPoS-CREST Workshop on Industrial Organization, co-funded by the CRC TR 224, covered empirical and theoretical research on a number of industrial organization issues connection to projects A02, B02, B03, B04, and B05. Presenters from CREST were Marie-Laure Allain, Philippe Choné, Xavier d'Haultfoeuille, Laurent Linnemer and Julien Monardo, presenters from MaCCI were Esteban Cattaneo, Volker Nocke, Nicolas Schutz, Anton Sobolev, and Michelle Sovinsky.


MaCCI Law & Economics Conference on the Law and Economics of Market Design

Date: 15 - 16 November 2018

Venue: ZEW, Mannheim (Room Brussels)

Organisation: Andreas Engert


Starting from market design as a comprehensive approach, the conference explored the practical implementation of theoretical concepts from economics, particularly with a view to the existing legal framework, potential reforms, and legal limitations. To this end, the conference covered four reference areas where enhanced market design can deliver important benefits: online market platforms, private and public procurement, markets for public infrastructure, and the allocation of critical resources in health care. Two keynote lectures provided a thorough analysis of specific market design applications: Kimberly D. Krawiec  (Duke University Law School) on “Designing Transactions in the Human Body” and Peter Cramton (Universities of Cologne and Maryland) on “Using Technology to Eliminate Traffic Congestion”.

MaCCI-EPoS Workshop on Governance of Platform Markets in the big Data Era

Date: 8 - 9 November 2018

Venue: University of Mannheim, Room O 026-028 Senatssaal (Schloss Ostflügel)

Organisation: Miriam Buiten, Eleftheria Triviza


The goal of this interdisciplinary workshop is to bring together economists and legal scholars in order to advance our understanding of platform markets in the big data era, as well as their implications for competition policy and privacy. The rise of large internet players such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, has raised concerns about whether platform markets may produce a “winner takes all” effect. Moreover, the collection and use of personal data has started a debate regarding the need for more privacy protection. This workshop aims to help us get a deeper understanding of how policy makers should respond to these economic peculiarities of platform markets.


Families and the Macroeconomy

Date: 18 - 20 October 2018

Venue: ZEW, Mannheim

Organisation: Matthias Doepke, Min Yum, Holger Stichnoth and Michèle Tertilt



Unobservables? The measurement of individual heterogeneity and its use in economic models

Date: 27 - 28 September 2018

Venue: University of Bonn, Juridicum

Organisation: Katja Kaufmann, Pia Pinger, Hans-Martin von Gaudecker


The idea of the workshop was to bring together a group of researchers who are interested in measuring and using quantities that are economically relevant, but have typically been treated as unobservable. Examples are preference parameters such as risk aversion or social preferences, abilities of various kinds, or beliefs about the human capital production process. Take risk preferences as an example: In which situations is a self-assessment more useful, in which situations a measure derived via revealed preference arguments from incentivized lotteries? How could each be used in models of “real-world” behavior, say of portfolio choice? The workshop assembled a great range of presentations of empirical or methodological work on the entire spectrum from pure measurement to the use of such measures in empirical models.


Asset Prices and the Macro Economy

Date: 31 August - 1 September 2018

Venue: University of Mannheim, Castle of Mannheim, Fuchs-Petrolub-Festsaal (O138)

Organisation: Klaus Adam, Isabel Schnabel


The CRC TR 224 contributed funding to the EABCN - CRC TR 224 Conference on "Asset Prices and the Macroeconomy", which took place on August 31 - September 1, 2018 at the University of Mannheim. The program was organized by Klaus Adam (University of Mannheim), Isabel Schnabel (University of Bonn) and Elisa Faraglia (University of Cambridge). It comprised 15 paper presentations from presenters on both sides of the Atlantic, including keynote presentations by Stefan Nagel (University of Chicago) and Nicola Gennaioli (Bocconi University).


7th Research Workshop in Financial Economics

Date: Friday, 20 July 2018

Venue: Faculty Lounge, Juridicum, University of Bonn

Organisation: Hendrik Hakenes, Isabel Schnabel


On July 20, 2018, the projects C03 and C04 organized a Research Workshop in Financial Economics. The workshop was held in cooperation with the Collaborative Research Center CRC TR224 (Economic Perspectives on Societal Challenges) was aimed especially at young researchers, that is, doctoral students shortly before their dissertation (especially job market candidates), or postdoctoral researchers. Topics concentrated on banking, financial intermediation in general, financial regulation, supervision, financial stability, central banking, and other related topics. There were discussions for all papers. The participants came partly from the region, but we also had participants from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Madrid. The participants were happy with the feedback they got, and they also used the dinner for networking. We tried to attract especially women to the workshop, and we had four women on the program in the end. We will hopefully be able to repeat this format in the next year.


Mannheim Workshop in Quantitative Macroeconomics: Economic Perspectives on Societal Challenges

Date: 18 - 19 May 2018

Venue: Department of Economics, University of Mannheim, L 7, 3-5

Organisation: Minchul Yum


The workshop was intended to provide a forum for junior economists based in Europe with a special interest in quantitative macroeconomics. The workshop attracted many young macroeconomists from top European universities such as Bocconi, Cambridge, EUI, IIES, Oxford and Toulouse (among others) who presented their recent research coupled with critical yet productive discussions.

The workshop was highly successful in providing researchers with opportunities to engage in highly relevant policy debates. A subset of topics targeted some country-specific episodes such as social housing policies in Germany, housing bubbles in Spain, and commuting costs in the U.K. On the other hand, some other papers promoted active discussions on more general policy issues such as exchange rates, monetary policy, labor market mismatches and fertility.


Panel Discussion on April 17 in Bonn: The Need for Euro Area Reform - How to Move Forward?

Date: 17 April 2018, 18:30 - 20:00

Venue: University Forum, Center for International Security and Governance, Heussallee 18-24, 53113 Bonn

Organisation: Isabel Schnabel


Participants: Prof. Dr. Isabel Schnabel, Professor of Financial Economics at Bonn University and Member of the German Council of Economic Experts, and Gabriele Giudice, Head of Unit for the EMU Deepening and the Macroeconomy of the Euro Area, European Comission (DG ECFIN). Moderation: Prof. James Bindenagel, Henry-Kissinger Professor and Head of the Center for International Security and Governance.

On Tuesday, April 17th 2018, the Center for International Security and Governance in cooperation with the Reinhard Selten Institute hosted a panel discussion on the topic of Euro area reform at the University Forum. While the event had to compete with best conditions for an evening outdoors as the warm and sunny weather reminded of early summer, the high attendance signaled the significance of the topic.

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