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Seminar Public Finance (MW23.4): Population and Family Economics

Content of the Seminar

In this seminar we will deal with selected topics related to population change and demographic development. The main focus will be on the economic analysis of the effects of "demographic change", which is largely reflected in a changed age structure of the population and changing family decision-making processes. This covers, for example, aspects of demographic behavior such as fertility, child bearing and rearing and mortality. In turn, these aspects play an essential role against the background of an aging society, since they are important determinants for the functioning of social security systems. The aim of the seminar is to make students familiar with the economics of demographic change including current research findings.

Please note that you will have to read and understand original research papers as a part of this course. Many of these papers employ econometric techniques, and a basic understanding of econometrics, especially of regression analysis, is necessary. If you have not taken any econometrics courses before, we recommend taking "Empirical Methods" (MW24.1) first.


June 2018
Central registration
13 July 2018
(12.00 am, SR 114)
For those students allocated to this seminar: Meeting and presentation of topics
20 July 2018
Choice of preferred topics and a preferred start date (see next item). The preferences serve as the basis for the allocation of topics.
7 Aug 2018 to
11 Sept 2018
Start of your individual writing period.

You can choose to receive your topic on any Tuesday between Augsut 7 and September 11. After receiving your topic, you have 5 weeks to complete a first version of your seminar paper. The paper will then be refereed by another student within 1 week. After receiving the referee report you have 2 more weeks to improve your paper on the basis of the referee's comments.
1 Oct 2018 to
6 Nov 2018
Submission of the final version of your seminar paper (by email to your supervisor).
Soon after
Time plan for the seminar (incl. allocation of discussants)
End of November/ Beginning of December
Seminar (blocked)


Basic knowledge of econometrics is required. For example, you should be fine if you attended Empirical Methods (MW24.1) or a similar class at another university / in your BA program.


Guidelines for Seminar Papers and Final Papers

Questions for Referee Reports

Guidelines for Seminar Presentations and Discussions


To be announced