Denkfabrik Europa 2030

Europe 2030 –What are our young generation´s visons for the next decade?

The “Denkfabrik Europa 2030” brought student together to discuss and develop their ideas and visions for Europe in 2030.

The event, jointly organized by ECONtribute, Deutsche Post DHL Group and “Denkraum Soziale Marktwirtschaft, took place on 13th May 2019 in Bonn.

Participants came up with mesmerizing projects and future visions on the European Union in 2030. How can we foster a European sense of identity? How can we ensure safety for our citizens and provide them with a good infrastructure? How can we improve our parliamentary system? Shall we aim for “a European Republic”? And what about the economy and social security?

Students presented their projects to an audience of 120 people and four judges: Professor Isabel Schnabel (Spokesperson ECONtribute), Cem Özdemir (Alliance ’90/The Greens), Dr. Thomas Ogilvie (CEO Corporate Incubations at Deutsche Post DHL Group) and Dr. Dirk Aßmann (Director General of GIZ, German Association for International Cooperation). The winning team´s project “Europaexpress” aims to improve Europe’s infrastructure by introducing a “European ministry of transportation”.

(From left to right:) Dr. Thomas Ogilvie, Dr. Dirk Aßmann, Cem Özdemir & Prof. Dr. Isabel Schnabel
© Jörn Wolter / Denkraum

Partner: ECONtribute, Deutsche Post DHL Group

Call for Papers – Financial Intermediation in a Globalized World

Deutsche Bundesbank – IWH – ECONtribute – CEPR Conference on Financial Intermediation in a Globalized World


The organizing committee invites submissions of high-quality theoretical or empirical research papers on financial intermediation. The conference calls for papers especially covering topics on financial intermediation and regulation.
The conference will feature plenary sessions with keynote speeches by Allen N. Berger (University of South Carolina, Wharton Financial Institutions Center, and European Banking Center) and Linda S. Goldberg (Federal Reserve Bank of New York and NBER) and a dinner speech by Joachim Wuermeling (Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank).

Please submit your paper by the 31st of May via email to with reference to “Financial Intermediation in a Globalized World”. Economy class travel expenses and accommodation (both subject to price limits) will be covered for invited speakers and discussants.

The conference is sponsored jointly by the Deutsche Bundesbank, the IWH Halle Institute for Economic Research, the Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) under Germany’s Excellence Strategy – EXC-2326/1 – 390838866, and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).



Call for Papers – Heterogeneity and the Labor Market

Joint ECONtribute – IZA Workshop

Location: IZA, Bonn
Date: November 22 – November 23, 2019
Submission Deadline: July 01, 2019

The workshop will focus on the causes and effects of heterogeneity among workers, households, or firms on macroeconomic outcomes. This includes but is not limited to research on wage dispersion, heterogeneity in unemployment and participation, the roles of firms and technologies in shaping heterogeneity, labor market outcomes for females and males, consequences of skill heterogeneity, or the heterogeneous effects of technological change, demographic change, labor market concentration, and labor market institutions. Empirical and theoretical papers are both welcome. The workshop is sponsored by the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) and the Cluster ECONtribute (EXC 2126) at the Departments of Economics at Bonn and Cologne.

We are happy to announce that participation has already been confirmed by Arindrajit Dube (University of Massachusetts Amherst and IZA), Iourii Manovskii (University of Pennsylvania), Hélène Turon (University of Bristol and IZA), and Abigail Wozniak (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and IZA).

Researchers interested in participating should submit a full paper or an extended abstract by July 1, 2019 using the Online Application Form. Decision of acceptance or rejection will be announced by August 1, 2019.

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RSI Lecture by Paul Milgrom was very well received

Guest lecturer Professor Paul Milgrom, Shirley R. and Leonard W. Ely Jr. Professor of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, gave a lively presentation with the title ‘Beyond the Vickrey Auction’ in front of an interested audience consisting of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students from Bonn and Cologne. The lecture focused on the theoretical and practical aspects of the recently conducted “Incentive Auction” for the reallocation of spectrum in the US.

Universitäten Köln und Bonn erhalten neue Fördergelder

Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, 27.09.2018 | Dirk Riße

„Die Kölner Universität hat im Wettbewerb um den Titel der Exzellenz-Universität eine weitere wichtige Hürde genommen. Alle vier Förderanträge der Hochschule wurden am Donnerstag von einer Expertenkommission bewilligt. Damit werden die Projekte (Cluster) in den kommenden sieben Jahren jährlich mit drei bis zehn Millionen Euro gefördert. […] Bewilligt wurden auch Anträge für die Projekte „Econtribute“ (Märkte und Public Policy) in Zusammenarbeit mit der Uni Bonn […].“

RSI Workshop on New Challenges, New Objectives and New Tools for Public Policy

On March 5 and 6, 2018, the RSI hosted a research workshop on “New Challenges, New Objectives and New Tools for Public Policy” with international speakers and panelists and participants from Bonn and Cologne.

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RSI Lunch Session at the EEA-ESEM 2018

The 33rd Annual Congress of the European Economic Association and the 71st European Meeting of the Econometric Society (EEA-ESEM 2018) took place at the University of Cologne from August 27 to August 31. The Reinhard Selten Institute (RSI) organized a lunch session with a special focus on Market Design at which new challenges, tools and objectives in that field were discussed.

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Universitäten Köln und Bonn bewerben sich bei der Exzellenzinitiative

Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, 24.04.2017 | Anna Hörter

„Die Universitäten Bonn und Köln planen mit gemeinsamen Projekten in den Bereichen Ökonomie und innovative Rechenmodelle in den Naturwissenschaften ihre Chance im bundesweiten Wettbewerb zu vergrößern. […] Dass die Zusammenarbeit gut klappen kann, zeigt die Gründung des Bonn-Cologne Research Institute in Economics (BCecon).“

Universitäten Bonn und Köln gründen Wirtschaftsinstitut

RP Online, 20.04.2017

„Es entstehe ein einzigartiges Forschungsinstitut in der Tradition von Reinhard Selten, in dem internationale Gastwissenschaftler und Studenten die aktuellen Herausforderungen der theoretischen und angewandten Wirtschaftsforschung adressieren würden. […] Zu den aktuellen Herausforderungen zähle die Analyse drängender gesellschaftlicher Probleme, wie zum Beispiel die Digitalisierung oder der Klimawandel mithilfe moderner Erkenntnisse aus der Wirtschaftstheorie und Verhaltensökonomik.“

Uni in Köln und Bonn gründen gemeinsames Institut

Kölnische Rundschau, 18.04.2017

„Die Universitäten Köln und Bonn haben ein Forschungsinstitut gegründet, das neue Wege in der Ökonomie erforscht […]. Als „international sichtbares Flaggschiff“ […] erforschen die Experten Fragestellungen in Verhaltensökonomie, Wirtschaftstheorie und Marktfunktionen.