Advanced Studies Program


Full-Time / Modular - Curriculum

The Kiel Institute offers one ASP degree in two formats: the traditional, full-time ASP over 10 Months or the Modular ASP over 10 to 34 Months.

Both formats require the same high admission standards, with a rigorous curriculum including course by leading researchers from top universities, being part of a unique global network and confer the same ASP Certificate. Full-time ASP participants can however also take advantage of optional courses at the Kiel University Ph.D “Quantitative Economics”, join German classes and participle regularly to seminars organized by the Kiel Institute and the Kiel University. 

The ten-month program includes several elements:

  • Courses:
    There will be 8-10 one-week and two-week courses in various important fields of international economics

  • Seminars:
    In addition there will be a number of one or two-day seminars given by representatives from international organisations, domestic policy institutions, academic institutions and international corporations.

  • Written Exams:
    At the end of each course the participants will prove their skills in a written exam. The standard of these exams is expected to be comparable to an exam at the lecturer's home universities.

  • Research Paper:
    As part of the Advanced Studies Program, participants are expected to prepare a research paper. As a rule, the paper should be a joint effort by two participants. There are also opportunities to write coauthored papers with researchers from the Kiel Institute. Participants who are heading for a Ph.D. after completion of the Advanced Studies Program can use the research paper to provide the foundation of their thesis. The papers are to be published in the Kiel Advanced Studies Working Paper Series.

  • Conferences:
    The research paper will be presented and discussed at a special conference; members of the Kiel University Faculty and of the Kiel Institute will be invited as discussants.

  • Selected Courses:
    Participants of the Advanced Studies Program have the opportunity to participate in selected courses of Kiel University's Ph.D. Program "Quantitative Economics".

The Modular Advanced Studies Program Certificate is:

a formal recognition of continuous professional development in international Policy research. The certificate allows you to strategically plan your development needs and the selection of courses at a pace that fits your career progression. Simply complete 9 courses, totaling 9 weeks minimum, over a 3-year period.


Timetable and Courses

2019 / 2020

August 19

Arrival day

August 20 - 30

Introduction, Welcome BBQ, introduction to all Research Areas, introduction to Econometrics

September 2 - 6

Macroeconomics in Open Economies

Evi Pappa (Madrid)

September 9 - 13

Monetary Economics

Gianluca Benigno (LSE)

September 16 - October 4

Preparation of ASP policy Lab Paper

October 7- 9

Topics in International Macroeconomics and Finance

Matteo Maggiori (Harvard)

October 14 - 18

Economic Growth

David Hémous (Zürich)

October 21 - November 8

Preparation of own ASP Policy Paper and opportunity to attend courses of Kiel University's Ph.D. Program "Quantitative Economics”

November 11 - 15

Forecasting Methods

Jens Boysen-Hogrefe (Kiel)

November 18 - December 6

Preparation of own Research paper and opportunity to attend courses of Kiel University's Ph.D. Program "Quantitative Economics”

December 9 - 13

Applied Microeconometrics

Sourafel Girma (Nottingham)

December 16 - 18

Topics in International Trade

Arnaud Costinot (MIT)

December 19 - January 10, 2020

Christmas Break

Timetable for 2020 available soon

Additional Courses at the Kiel University

An additional feature of the program is the opportunity to participate in selected courses of Kiel University's Ph.D. Program "Quantitative Economics" during the winter term 2018/19. The list of courses usually includes: Advanced Macroeconomics; Advanced Microeconomics; Foreign Exchange Markets - Theory and Empirics; Climate and Energy Economics; Advanced International Trade; Theory of Financial Markets; Advanced Statistics and Econometrics.   

Part of my role is to meet the ASP alumni from all over the world. One thing they always say is that it was one of the best year of their life!

Harmen Lehment
Founding and Former Director, ASP

Harmen Lehment (Founding and Former Director, ASP)

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