Master Dissertations At The Chair Of Empirical Economics

Admission Requirements

The admission to a Master dissertation in Economics or Management and Economics requires at least 60 ECTS. We require the attendance of Microeconometrics and at least one more M.Sc. module in Empirical Economics (Empirical Economics: Selected Problems, Labor Economics, Seminar in Microeconometrics, Econometric Evaluation of Economic Policies, Economics of Migration, Data Analysis using Stata). These courses have to be passed with a grade well above average.

Preliminary discussion

If you are interested in writing your Master thesis at this chair for empirical economics and you meet the requirements mentioned above, please register personally or via e-mail to Michael Tamminga.

Should the number of people applying exceed the available places, we will select the students on the basis of their grades from the field of econometrics and empirical economics.


The time frame for a Master dissertation is 14 to 20 weeks. You can either write a literature based dissertation in 14 weeks, which should cover a current problem concerning economic policy using the existing theoretical and empirical literature. Alternatively, if you have advanced knowledge in the areas of econometrics and empirical economics, it is possible for you to conduct your own empirical analysis. In this case, the time frame will be up to 20 weeks. Your dissertation should cover one of the following topics:

Applied Econometrics
Economics of the Household
Education Economics
Labor Economics
Migration Economics
Population Economics


We have compiled some guidelines for the creation of a dissertation which you should follow closely. They can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. In order to mark your work, you are required to provide us also a pdf-version of your thesis.

Oral exam

After you have handed in your dissertation, there will be an oral exam of about 30 minutes. It consists of a 15 minute presentation of your work. In the second part of the exam, the examiners will pose questions about your presentation. The chair will provide a laptop and a beamer for you to visualize your presentation.

Grades and ECTS

The grade of your Master dissertation is a weighted average of the grades of the dissertation (24 ECTS) and the oral exam (6 ECTS).

Guidelines   (438.1 kB)