Springe direkt zu Inhalt

Seminar Aktuelle Forschungsfragen der Makroökonomie

Aktuelle Forschungsfragen der Makroökonomie - Seminar

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



Preliminary meeting at 23rd of April 2010 (12-2pm, Botzmannstr. 20, Room 328): General introduction; discussion of proceedings; introduction to topics.  Students have to make a  decision about mandatory registration (verbindliche Anmeldung). When registered students will be informed of their topic for the seminar paper as soon as possible.

1. Block at 30th of April 2010 (12-2pm, Botzmannstr. 20, Room 328) :The block provides (1) a short introduction to scientific writing and (2) a short introduction to fiscal policy and theory.

Deadline at 21st of June 2010, 9.00 am: Students hand in their final seminar papers (this deadline is mandatory, i.e. please make sure you meet this deadline!).

2. Block at 25th of June and 2nd of July  2010 (12-6pm, Botzmannstr. 20, Room 328): Seminar presentations and discussion.

Selection of Students:

Skills in macroeconomics and monetary economics (for instance, classes visited) will be taken into account. A maximum of 15 students will participate.

Allocation of topics:

Reading List

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 as soon as possible.


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. The  length of the presentation should not exceed 25 minutes.

• Each student should be ready to discuss any other seminar paper. A discussion of a seminar paper is supposed to initiate a general discussion among all participants. Prepare two or three slides on which you review the respective paper very briefly (one or two sentences). Then, highlight important aspects of the paper (this may be crucial assumptions, interesting results, strange results, issues not addressed in the paper but relevant to the topic, questions that came to your mind when reading the paper, etc.) We randomly select a discussant after each presentation. All papers will be available online after 21st of June for preparation of the discussions.

• Students are expected to participate actively in the general discussion.

Modes of submission:

Submit one hard copies (stapled) of your paper and a PDF file (preferably, Word otherwise).


Final grades will reflect the quality of the seminar paper and the participant’s presentation, the discussion of other papers, and their contribution to the general discussion.