University of Rostock

The University of Rostock has been a partner of the YES! – Young Economic Summit since 2021.

Seit 1419 hat die Universität Rostock als älteste und traditionsreichste Universität im Ostseeraum die Zukunft im Blick. Im interdisziplinären Zusammenwirken der verschiedenen Fachkulturen ihrer neun Fakultäten liegt ihre Stärke. Die große Vielfalt ihrer zukunftsorientierten Studiengänge bietet ein breites Spektrum an Studienmöglichkeiten. Eine Besonderheit bildet die Interdisziplinäre Fakultät. Sie bringt als zentrale wissenschaftliche Einrichtung Forschende und Studierende aller Fachrichtungen zur Lösung drängender Gegenwartsfragen zusammen.

Located in an old harbour and Hanseatic city, the University of Rostock is a real insider’s tip with its variety of subjects and excellent student-teacher ratio. More than 12,500 students, including 1,500 international students, are enrolled in about 170 degree programmes at the university in the fields of agriculture/environmental sciences, engineering, mathematics/natural sciences, medicine/life sciences, linguistics/humanities, economics/social sciences/law and teaching.

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Participating Researchers

Erik Dasenbrock

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Erik Dasenbrock has been working as a research assistant at the chair of Applied Macroeconomics at the University of Rostock since April 2020. Previously he studied economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen and at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen.

His research focuses on macroeconomics, secular stagnation and labor markets.

Robert Fenge

Robert Fenge has been Professor of Economics, especially Finance, at the University of Rostock since 2010. He studied economics and philosophy in Berlin and Bonn. He completed his doctorate in economics at the University of Magdeburg in 1997 and habilitated at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich in 2006. From 1999 to 2009 he worked at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich. His research areas are social policy, family policy, labour markets in ageing societies and fiscal federalism.

Ekaterina Gavrilova

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Ekaterina Gavrilova is a research assistant and doctoral candidate at the Chair of Finance at the University of Rostock. Her research focuses (theoretically and empirically) on interpersonal relations and collective decision-making in household models. She studied economics at the University of Rostock and dealt with economic and ethical issues of migration and the environment during her studies.

Britta Gehrke

Britta Gehrke has been professor of applied macroeconomics at the University of Rostock since April 2020. She is further affiliated with IAB (Institute for Employment Research) Nuremberg and IZA – Institute of Labor Economics. Before, she was assistant professor at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and at IAB. She was a visiting researcher at the University of Queensland and Adelaide and at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. In 2014, she gained her doctoral degree from the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Her research interest focuses on macroeconomics, labor markets and business cycles. For example, her projects investigate the role of policies such as fiscal policy or short-time work over the business cycle, structural reforms and the interaction of financial and labor markets. Her work has been published in international economic journals and is discussed in policy pieces. She is associate editor of the Journal for Labour Market Research.


Fynn Kemper

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Fynn Kemper received his doctorate in 2021 from the Chair of Microeconomics in Rostock. Before that, the Rostock native studied economic mathematics at the University of Rostock. His research focuses on individual risk behaviour and non-monetary factors of individual decisions.

Felix Kunert

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Felix Kunert is a research assistant at the Chair of Finance at the University of Rostock and is currently researching questions of basic security for older people and the women’s quota. He studied economics and business administration at Leuphana University Lüneburg and taxation at Georg-August University Göttingen.

Philipp Wichardt

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Philipp Wichardt has held the Chair of Microeconomics at the University of Rostock since 2012. As a native of the North (Kiel), he is happy to be back at the Baltic Sea. He previously studied in Bonn, Kiel and Lund (Sweden). Afterwards he was a doctoral student at the Bonn Graduate School of Economics with stays in London (UCL) and Zurich (IEW). Mr Wichardt completed his doctorate in Bonn in 2006. After substitute professorships in Bonn and Munich, he came to Rostock. Mr Wichardt is an Associate Member at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and a Research Fellow at CESifo Munich.

In his research, Mr. Wichardt is primarily concerned with psychological factors influencing individual (economic) decisions, game-theoretical models for modelling non-rational behaviour as well as scientific-theoretical questions on the problem of how models in the sciences are to be understood when they always contain assumptions that are not really true.