Applied Economics

Currently, the research programme consists of three groups:

Behavioural Economics

The Behavioural Economics group’s research concentrates mainly on decision under ambiguity (probabilities unknown) and intertemporal choice. The particular strength of the group is that it can both do sophisticated theoretical research and experimental and field research. The interplay between these types of research leads to new models of decision making that better describe real-world behaviour.

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Health Economics and Organisation

Core topics of the Health Economics research programme include the theoretical and empirical explorations of the causes of social inequalities in health and inequities in health care access. This includes econometric analyses of health care utilization as well as of behaviour more generally, including the linkages between health and labour force participation.

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Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Organisation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship covers areas of Applied Economics where strategic decision making of firms, entrepreneurs, innovators and consumers are central. Increasingly focusing on the micro-level of decision making processes, theoretically and empirically the research in this discipline addresses crucial sorting, heterogeneity and causality issues of productivity, entrepreneurial opportunities and employment in relation to contexts of sectors, cities and regions, trade, foreign investment and institutions. By nature this is highly policy-relevant, as industry and urban level policymakers increasingly make well-informed and evaluated decisions on investments and economic goals. Recently, research projects explicitly reflect on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, strategic investment agendas of cities and regions, Urban Europe JPI, and implications of system-changing shocks (e.g. Brexit in the United Kingdom).

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