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Bachelor Theses (Winter 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 Hidalgo, submitting your CV and your current transcript of records to hidalgo(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de.

We will accept applications for bachelor theses in the winter term 2019/20 until September 15, 2019.

We will communicate whether an application can be accomodated until September 20, 2019. A list of topics will be distributed via email after this date. Please note that we can only accomodate a limited number of thesis supervisions.

Succesful applicants studying under Economics PO2015 that are required to take a bachelor seminar should register for the "Bachelorseminar Volkswirtschaftslehre: Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten in empirischer Wirtschaftsforschung und Wirtschaftsgeschichte" offered by this chair (LV Nr. 14302.0908). This seminar aims to recap the empirical methods that will be core to each thesis. See the syllabus for further details. Please contact the office under office-cmr(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de if you missed the deadline to register for the seminar.

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.”
  • “Gender Equality in Economic History: Industrialization and Female Labor Force Participation”
  • “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) 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).