Doctoral Research Group Economics

The doctoral research group comprises the fields of economics and econometrics and is associated to the same-named Department within the School of Public Affairs. In 2009, the economic research group of Lüneburg was admitted in the CHE Excellence Ranking, which certifies particular research strength especially for master's and doctoral programs.

Areas of Research

The research focuses of the Institute are:

  • Microeconometric Studies on International Corporate Activity, Business Demographics and Employment Dynamics and Industrial Relations
  • Economic Analysis for Regulation or Deregulation and of Insurance Markets
  • Education, Health, Labor and Personnel Economics
  • Financial Markets

The Institute of Economics publishes an annual research report

Doctoral Degree

The respective faculty confers the doctoral degree Dr. rer. pol.


  • Prof. Dr. Boris Hirsch

Doctoral Supervisors

  • Prof. Dr. Luise Görges
  • Prof. Dr. Boris Hirsch
  • Prof. Dr. Johannes Lohse
  • Prof. Dr. Mario Mechtel
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Pfeifer
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Wegener
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Wein



Doctoral Courses

As a doctoral candidate at Leuphana, you not only write your dissertation, but also participate in the interdisciplinary doctoral courses to the extent of 30 credit points, which include (inter)disciplinary colloquia (Research Forum I and Research Forum II) and furthermore comprises four interdisciplinary modules on research ethics, research methods, scientific practice and current perspectives on science. Please find more information about Leuphana's doctoral courses here.


If you wish to pursue your doctorate at Leuphana, you must be enrolled as doctoral student. Information about admission to the doctorate at Leuphana and the application procedure can be found here.

Leuphana Graduate School offers advice and coaching to academics in the qualification phase. The Graduate School's advisor will be happy to support you in questions of decision-making, challenges in the course of your doctorate, and career planning and development. You can find more information about the counselling and coaching services here.