zum Inhalt springen

Bachelor Theses

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, you should follow the guidelines given by the Center for Macroeconomic Research (CMR). For further information see the CMR bachelor thesis page here. When submitting the application form, please check the box for "Growth, Education and Inequality."

Candidates studying under Economics PO2015 that are required to take a bachelor seminar are asked to register for the CMR bachelor seminar in KLIPS 2.0 between July 17 and August 7, 2018. More precise, please register in KLIPS 2.0 with the group "Macro and Public Economics oder Wirtschaftsgeschichte" in LV Nr. 14302.0008.

Candidates studying under Economics PO2007 that are not required to take a bachelor seminar should register for the thesis with the CMR and plan to participate in the kick-off meeting on October 8th and the presentation meeting during the first half of december (to be scheduled).

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 statistics (courses: „Basis- and Aufbaumodul Statistik“ or „Beschreibende Statistik und Wirtschaftsstatistik“ and „Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung und schließende Statistik“) and econometrics (courses: „Angewandte Ökonometrie“ or „Aufbaumodul Ökonometrie“) is strongly recommended.

(3) You can write your thesis in German or English. A limited number of topics will exclusively be supervised 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).