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Seminar - Theory of Political Economy

anrechenbar für:

  • VWL-Politik (Wahlpflichtveranstaltung)
  • VWL-Theorie, Makroökonomie (Wahlpflichtveranstaltung)


The seminar will introduce participants to a wide range of important and topical issues in political economy.
Students are expected to deliver a seminar paper (in English) and participate in the general discussion (in English or, if helpful, in German).


The list of available topics can be viewed here.


Does inequality cause inflation?

The rational opportunistic political business cycle

The rational opportunistic political business cycle

The Curley effect

Political cycles and central bank independence

Corruption: A factor for currency crises?

Corruption: A factor for currency crises?

Inflation, instrument of redistribution or burden to the poorest?

Experiments with Public Goods


Preliminary Meeting: 15. February 2007, 12:00 (am), Kaminzimmer (Boltzmannstrasse 20)
General introduction; discussion of proceedings; introduction to topics;
Students must fill out an application form during the meeting.

Beginning of semester break:
Students will be informed of their topics for the seminar paper.

Until 02. April 2007:
Students have to propose an outline of the paper and discuss it with their advisor. Note that this is also the final date to register for the seminar.

7. May 2007:
Deadline for submission of seminar papers.

1./2. June 2007:
Seminar presentations and discussion (“Blockveranstaltung”)


Selection of Students:

Skills in political economy (for instance, classes visited) will be taken into account. A maximum of 20 students will participate.

Allocation of topics:

As a rule, more than one student will work on a topic. The allocation of topics will be based on students’ preferences. Students will be informed about their topic by email early in the semester break.


Seminar papers are to be submitted in English. Presentations and discussions should also be in English. Of course, students may switch to German during discussions whenever helpful.


Each participant will write a seminar paper (click here to view the specific requirements for seminar papers [text in German]) which (s)he will also present to the group.
In addition each student should be ready to discuss any other seminar paper. All papers will be available online two weeks prior to the seminar. The idea is that the specific problems and/or interesting issues of the topic should be highlighted for about five minutes (with just a few slides/transparencies) to prepare the general discussion of the presentation and paper. There will be a random selection of the discussants after each presentation.
Students are expected to participate actively in the general discussion.


Two hard copies (stapled) of the paper should be submitted as well as a PDF file (preferably, Word otherwise).


Final grades will be reflecting the grade received on the seminar paper as well as participant’s achievements in their presentation, their discussion of other papers, and their contribution to the general discussion.


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