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Kiel Institute PhD Supplementary Courses

The course program of current PhD studies usually has a strong emphasis on teaching technical skills, but is comparatively short when it comes to familiarizing students with cutting-edge research and teaching them how to address actual economic policy problems.

The PhD Supplementary Courses which are organized by the Kiel Institute make a contribution to fill this gap. They provide PhD candidates with the opportunity to learn about issues at the frontier of current research, taught by some of the most prominent economists in the field, and to apply modern tools of analysis to economic policy issues. Participation in these courses can be expected to not only provide impulses for the ongoing dissertation project, but to also improve long-run employment perspectives, in particular with respect to a position with international organisations and domestic policy-oriented institutions.

The PhD Supplementary Courses Program consists of various one-week or two-week courses which the Kiel Institute has developed in the context of its Advanced Studies Program in International Economic Policy Research. The courses cover the areas of International Trade, Growth and Development, Open Economy Macroeconomics, Monetary Policy, and Labour Markets.

Written exams are offered for all courses, with 3 credit points for a one-week course and 6 credit points for a two-week course.

The list of courses 2014/15 includes:

Macroeconomics in Open Economies       Giancarlo Corsetti (Cambridge) 
       and Philip Lane (Dublin)
Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy       Atif Mian (Princeton)
Monetary Policy: Theory and Practice       Simon Gilchrist (Boston)
Exchange-Rate Economics       Lucio Sarno (London)
Firms in International Trade       Esteban Rossi-Hansberg (Princeton)
International Trade: Gravity Rules       Thierry Mayer (Paris)
Globalisation and Labour       Gordon Hanson (UC San Diego)
Economic Growth       Gino Gancia (Barcelona)
Economic Development       Abhijit Banerjee (MIT)


PhD candidates can apply for participation in one or several courses of the program. They are entitled to substantially reduced course fees. They can also apply for low-price accommodation at the Kiel Institute´s guesthouse.

New: PhD candidates can attend the full ASP program (10 months) and acquire the Advanced Studies Certificate (which is a particularly valuable additional qualification for professional careers at international organizations and policy institutions). Candidates have time to continue working on their PhD thesis during their participation in the ASP. Scholarships to cover tuition fees are available for participants in the full program.

Course outlines and application forms for selected courses or the full program are provided at