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Bachelor Theses (summer term)

We provide opportunities for writing bachelor theses on various topics in Economic History and Long-run Development.

If you are interested in writing a bachelor thesis supervised by members of the Economic History team, please contact Eduardo Villacís Hidalgo, submitting your CV and your current transcript of records to villacis(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de. Please note that, during the summer term 2019, communication and supervision of bachelor theses will only be available in English language.

We will accept applications for bachelor theses in the summer term 2019 between March 1, 2019, and March 22, 2019.

After the application period expired, we will communicate whether an application can be accomodated. Please note that we can only accomodate a limited number of thesis supervisions.

Candidates studying under Economics PO2015 that are required to take a bachelor seminar are asked to register for the "Bachelorseminar Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten in empirischer Wirtschaftsforschung" offered by Prof. Dr. Susanne Prantl (please register in KLIPS 2.0 with LV Nr. 14302.0503). This seminar aims to recap the empirical methods that will be core to each thesis. See the syllabus (coming soon) for further details.

Candidates that already collected credits for another bachelor seminar or that are studying under Economics PO2007 and thus are not required to take a bachelor seminar should however plan to attend Sections I-III and V of the above seminar.

If you are interested in registering for a bachelor thesis supervised by the economic history team, please take into account the following information:

(1) Typically, we offer topics that are well suited for acquiring a profound understanding of state-of-the-art empirical research in economics. Examples of topics in previous terms are:

  • “Extractive Institutions and Economic Activity - Evidence from Guild Abolition in Germany”
  • “The Long Run Effects of the Presence of Knowledge Elites on Innovation”
  • “Historical Institutions and Long-run Growth: A Nighttime Lights Analysis of the Mining Mita in Peru.”
  • “Demographic Shocks and Cultural Change - An Empirical Analysis of the Effect of the Transatlantic Slave Trade on Gender Roles in Africa”
  • “The Macroeconomic Consequences of the War of the Pacific”

(2) Participation in the bachelor course 'Wirtschaftsgeschichte' is highly recommended.

In addition, basic knowledge in econometrics (courses: „Angewandte Ökonometrie“ or „Aufbaumodul Ökonometrie“) is strongly recommended.

(3) In the summer term 2019, you can write your thesis only in English. Please see the “Prüfungsordnung” relevant to you for further administrative details.

Master Theses

We provide opportunities for writing master theses on various topics in the following fields:

  • Long-run development and growth

  • Economic History

  • Development Economics

We recommend participation in (one of) the following master courses:

  • Determinants of Growth in Economic History

  • Development Economics

You can write your thesis in German or English. Please see the “Prüfungsordnung” relevant to you for further administrative details.

If you are interested in writing your thesis with us, please contact Professor Dr. Erik Hornung, submitting your CV, academic transcripts as well as a concise statement of your major fields of studies (email with one pdf-attachment only, hornung(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de).