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Bachelor Theses

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

We will accept applications for bachelor theses in the summer term 2018 between February 1st and March 25th 2018.

If your application is accepted you should plan to take part in the bachelor seminar organized by Prof. Susanne Prantl from April 9th 2018 onwards. For further information on the bachelor seminar please see the syllabus.

Candidates studying under Economics PO2015 that are required take a bachelor seminar are asked to register for Module 14302.0503 in KLIPS 2.0. Candidates that do not need ECTS for the seminar are required to participate in Einheit I-III of the bachelor seminar.

If you are interested in applying for a bachelor thesis, 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. Please see the “Prüfungsordnung” relevant to you for further administrative details.

(4) If you are interested in writing your bachelor thesis with us, please contact Erik Hornung (hornung(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de), submitting your CV, your academic transcripts (high-school diploma, current B.Sc. transcript), as well as a brief statement of your major fields of interest. Please send these documents by email with one pdf-attachment only, including information on the "Prüfungsordnung" relevant to you. Note that we will not be able to deal with incomplete applications.

 

 

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).