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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 2017/18 include:

Macroeconomics in Open Economies Paul Bergin (Davis)
Financial Markets and the Macro-Economy Thomas Philippon (New York)
Monetary Economics Pierpaolo Benigno (Rome)
International Trade: Gravity Models and Applications Dennis Novy (Warwick)
Dynamics of International Trade Samuel Kortum (Yale)
Globalisation and Labour Francis Kramarz (Paris)
Economic Growth David Weil (Brown)
Economic Development Kaivan Munshi (Cambridge)
Field Experiments in Economics John List (Chicago)
Microeconometric Policy and Treatment Evaluation Methods Sourafel Girma (Nottingham)
Behavioural Economics Sanjit Dhami (Leicester)

The Governance of Trade and Investment in a New Era
of Globalisation

Iza Lejarraga (OECD)



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.


Olivier Godart

“We are looking for young economists with innovative thinking to learn and think with us about global solutions.”

Olivier Godart, Program Director



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