The Chair of Macroeconomics offers bachelor and master theses' in different research areas. You can suggest your own topics if they fit to the research focus of the chair.

General Topics

Macroeconomicse.g. economic growth, emplyoment, income distribution
Monetary Policye.g. inflation, interest rate policy, (un-)conventional monetary policy, inflation expectations
Fiscal Policye.g. stimulus packages, government debt
Financial Crisese.g. bubbles, systemic risk, bank runs
International Tradee.g. trade aggreements, welfare gains
Experimental Economicse.g. social preferences, strategic uncertainty, survey methods, rational inattention, coordination
Behavioral Economicse.g. nudges and their applications, loss aversion, choice overload, cognitive load, learning
Behavioral Financee.g. overconfidence in markets, disposition effect, cognitive ability in markets, extrapolative expectations
Industrial Organizatione.g. market power, concentration, price transmission
Economics of Climate Changee.g. Climate Clubs, CO2-emission certificates


Students who would like to write a thesis at the Chair of Macroeconomics should have completed the basic course "Macroeconomics" (AVWL II) and at least one further course at the Chair or an equivalent course at another university. Ideally you have also completed one of our bachelor's or master seminars. Theses can be written in German or English, however, the ability to read scientific papers in English is indispensable.

Students who want to apply should hand-in a proposal in which the following questions are addressed:
(Formatting: 1-2 pages, Arial/Times New Roman/Calibri, 12pt, 1.5-2.0 line spacing, English or German)

1. What are the key research questions?

2. Why are these interesting questions and non-trivial to answer (motivation)?

3. What scientific literature (e.g. peer-reviewed journal articles), methods and/or model(s) will be used?

Please send your proposal and a current version of your transcript of records to macroeconomics-tb-info2(at) or to frank.heinemann(at) Please make sure to provide the following information:

  • Your name and your student ID number
  • Your study program (Studiengang) and your area of specialization
  • The preferred starting date to write the thesis

If you like, you can use the following template for the proposal: thesis_proposal