Seitlicher Blick auf das D4 Gebäude.

Emphasis in Research



The department hosts nine institutes, whose specific priorities encompass additional research topics.


main research fields

  • Applied microeconomics and empirical industrial organization

  • Macro and international economics

  • Economic policy with focus on public and labor market economics


Core research areas

Core research areas: Globalization and regional economic integration; economic growth; income inequality; development; dynamic geographical economics ; migration, trade, and FDI; labor economics; public economics; behavioral economics, gender and economics; international taxation; models of spatial competition; competition and regulatory policy; effects of mergers.


Research institutes

The department members are connected to a variety of university-wide research institutes. Four of WU's research institutes are headed by members of the Department of Economics: the Research Institute on International Taxation, the Research Institute for Regulatory Economics, Research Institute Economics of Inequality, and the Research Institute for European Affairs.

The Department's research output is documented in numerous publications in internationally renowned journals, in books, third-party funded research projects, an own Economics Working Paper Series, and numerous lectures and scientific awards of its members.