News from the Institute for Socioeconomics

Paul Marx spends a year at Sciences Po Paris

Paul Marx, Professor of Comparative Political Economy and Economic Sociology at the Institute of Socioeconomics, will hold an "Alfred Grosser Chair" at Sciences Po Paris for one year starting in the coming winter semester, where he will conduct research and teach. The Alfred Grosser Chair is awarded to two scholars from Germany each year in order, among other things, to consolidate comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives in research and teaching and to strengthen German-French relations.

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Inequality from a socio-economic perspective: MOOC launched.

Income and wealth are unequally distributed worldwide. The forms, causes and consequences of economic inequality are not only the focus of current political debates, but are also one of the main topics in research and teaching at ifso. As of now, a new free online course offers anyone and everyone the opportunity to gain initial insights into the topic.

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In four chapters, comprising a total of 34 lessons, 25 specially produced videos and numerous interactive applications, the course addresses the aspects of

  • Dimensions of Inequality,
  • Inequality in Macroeconomic Analysis,
  • Social Philosophy and Distribution, and
  • Taxes and Distribution.

The course offers a good opportunity to get to know a scientific approach characterized by disciplinary and paradigmatic diversity of perspectives. At the same time, the course provides a first insight into studying socioeconomics at UDE and opens up the opportunity to get to know four of the ifso professors*: Miriam Rehm, Till van Treeck, Jakob Kapeller and Achim Truger each lead through a chapter. To make the effort worthwhile, a successful completion of the course can be certified and even credited with 2 ECTS within the MA Socioeconomics.

In addition to those interested in the course, it is also relevant for teachers at schools and universities. This is because the content is largely published under open licenses, which enables extensive use, editing and (edited) distribution. Thus, individual course contents can be extracted, adapted to one's own teaching needs and passed on. The content thus follows the example of other open learning resources that have been created at and around ifso.

Daniel Obst and Julian Becker were responsible for the conception, implementation and editing of the course. They were supported by Rebecca Wangemann, and video production and animation were handled by Jonas Schulte. The development of the course was made possible by a funding program of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Stifterverband.

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Graduation ceremony 2022

For all past and current graduates of the MA Socioeconomics, the Institute of Socioeconomics is organizing a small celebration at the University of Duisburg-Essen:

Thursday, June 30, 2022, from 6:30 p.m. (small ceremonial walk-through at the NRW School of Governance) / from 8:00 p.m. (reception in the garden).

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Virtual info event MA Socioeconomics 2022/23

For all applicants and interested parties, the Institute of Socioeconomics is hosting an info webinar on the MA Socioeconomics:

Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 5:30 p.m.

Open for all prospective students & applicants

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Start of studies for the summer semester

The summer semester at the University of Duisburg-Essen begins in early April. At the institute, the summer cohort of the third year in the MA Socioeconomics starts with the master's program.

The Master's Student Alliance (reachable at: has planned a "Semester Kick-off Week" for all students. The more detailed program can be found in the overview. The institute will return to face-to-face teaching more than in previous semesters. More information on how to deal with Corona can be found in the Institute's mails and on the University's site. If the situation changes, further restructuring of teaching is possible. We wish you a good start into the new semester!

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Lea Elsässer moves to the University of Mainz

Lea Elsässer, previously PostDoc at the Institute of Socioeconomics and the University of Münster, will move to Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz as of April 1, 2022.

Lea Elsässer has worked at the Institute of Socioeconomics since 2017. Her focus is on social inequality, political representation and responsiveness, and comparative welfare state research. Her publications include the much-discussed and award-winning book "Wessen Stimme zählt? Social and Political Inequality in Germany." We wish her all the best for her start in Mainz and thank her very much for the years we spent together in Duisburg!

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Miriam Rehm

Miriam Rehm becomes professor at the institute

Miriam Rehm becomes professor at the Institute of Socioeconomics. Previously, she was already a junior professor at the institute since 2019.

Miriam Rehm's focus is on empirical inequality research. She conducts research on inequality, wealth distribution, labor economics, and gender. She is also a member of the Austrian Fiscal Council and has published in various internationally recognized journals. Congratulations! We are looking forward to our further time together.

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Virtual info event MA Socioeconomics 2022

For all applicants and interested persons, the Institute of Socioeconomics is organizing an info session on the MA Socioeconomics:

Thursday, January 20, 2022, 4:00 p.m.

Open for all prospective students & applicants

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Presentation of the SVR Annual Report 2021/22

On November 26, 2021, Prof. Dr. Achim Truger will present the SVR's Annual Report 2021/22 as part of the Economic and Social Policy Lectures of the Institute for Socioeconomics at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

The performance can be viewed live and retrospectively on Twitter and YouTube. It will be moderated by Carmen Giovanazzi. We look forward to the conversation!

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SVR Annual Report 2021/22

Under the title "Shaping Transformation: Education, Digitization and Sustainability", the new annual report 2021/22 of the German Council of Economic Experts was presented to the German government on November 10, 2021 - co-authored by our institute member Prof. Dr. Achim Truger.

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Lisa Hanzl receives the Eduard March Award

Lisa Hanzl received the Eduard March Award of the Young Economists Conference 2021 for her paper "Less Work, More Labor: School Closures and Work Hours during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Austria". Congratulations!

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Achim Truger gives keynote speech on German Unity Day

Achim Truger gave the keynote speech at the ceremony to mark German Unity Day in Duisburg in 2021. In it, he addressed the major economic challenges of climate change, digitization, education and social cohesion.

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Our new research blog is online. The ifsoblog is the new platform for knowledge transfer of the Institute of Socioeconomics at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

On a regular basis, our scientists summarize their research contributions and important expert discussions here. In addition, the ifsoblog is intended to bundle further activities of the Institute's researchers in the field of knowledge transfer.

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Theodor Heuss Professorship in New YorkTill van Treeck at the New School

It is a special honor: For ten months, Prof. Till van Treeck will teach at the renowned New School for Social Research in New York. The visiting professorship is part of a great tradition in the social sciences and humanities. Well-known intellectuals have taught there.

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Jakob Kapeller

New director at the institute

The Institute of Socioeconomics has a new director: Prof. Dr. Jakob Kapeller assumed the office of managing director at the institute with his election on June 23, 2021. His deputy is Prof. Dr. Paul Marx.

Founding Director Prof. Dr. Till van Treeck, who had led the Institute since its inception in 2017, had previously stepped down from his position to take up a visiting professorship at the New School for Social Research in New York City for one year starting in August 2021.

Jakob Kapeller joined the Institute for Socioeconomics in 2019 as a professor, specializing in Plural Economics. He is a speaker at the Gerhard Mercator Kolleg Weltoffenheit, Toleranz und Gemeinsinn at UDE and editor of the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, which regularly informs over 6000 people about developments in the field of plural economics. He is also the Institute Director at the Institute for the Comprehensive Analysis of Economics (ICAE) at Johannes Kepler University Linz.

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SVR Annual Report 2020/21

The 2020/21 annual report of the German Council of Economic Experts has been published. The report is entitled "Overcoming the Corona Crisis Together, Resilience and [...]

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Digital Textbook Introduction Macroeconomics

Available free of charge and online: the digital textbook "Introduction to Macroeconomics: plural and interactive" by the authors Franz Prante and Achim Truger (both ifso) as well as Alessandro Bramucci and Eckhard Hein.

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Kurt Rothschild Prize 2020

Achim Truger was awarded the Kurt-Ruthschild-Prize 2020 of the Renner-Institute in Austria for his contributions on the topic "The German Debt Brake: No Model for Europe".

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Kapp-Preis 2020

Claudius Gräbner, Jakob Kapeller (both ifso), Philipp Heimberger and Bernhard Schütz were awarded the Kapp Prize 2020 for their article "Structural change in times of increasing openness: assessing path dependency in European economic integration".

Read more - Web offer for school and study

With a plural and openly licensed online learning tool on economic policy, we offer students at secondary level II and first-year students an innovative offer for digital learning. It is suitable for teaching in upper secondary schools or at universities and can be used as a collection of materials or as a textbook.

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Virtual info event MA Socioeconomics 2020

For all applicants and interested parties, the Institute of Socioeconomics is hosting an info webinar on the MA Socioeconomics:

Friday, June 5, 2020, 13:00.

The info webinar will be conducted via Zoom. You can register here and leave your contact information so we can send you more information. If you do not wish to submit any data, simply click on "Go to participation link (without registration)" below and you will also receive the participation link.

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Socio-Ecological Economic Policy in and after the Corona Crisis

Socio-Ecological Economic Policy in and after the Corona Crisis. New study by Katharina Bohnenberger, Miriam Rehm and Achim Truger (all Institute for Socioeconomics / University of Duisburg-Essen ) in cooperation with Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung e.V, Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft and the Macroeconomic Policy Institute.

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SVR Special Report on the Corona Crisis

In view of the Corona pandemic, the German Council of Economic Experts (Sachverständigenrat zur Begutachtung der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Entwicklung, SVR) drew up a special report.

Achim Truger, Professor at the Institute of Socioeconomics, as one of the currently three SVR members, together with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Lars Feld and Prof. Volker Wieland, Ph.D. contributed intensively to the report.


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Doctoral Program "The Political Economy of Inequality

The PhD program investigates the extent, causes and consequences of rising socioeconomic inequality. Material differences are the focus, but are always placed in relation to political, social and ecological aspects. Our research practice is characterized by an interdisciplinary and application-oriented socio-economic approach. We integrate economic inequality research, political economy and economic sociology as well as current economic and socio-political reform discourses on an equal footing.


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News from 2019

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