Research Seminar

The research seminar invites external researchers on a regular basis and is open to the public. It is part of the RTG day and takes place Tuesdays from 16:15 to 17:30 in room WST-A 02.04 at University Duisburg-Essen, Weststadttürme, Essen during the summer term 2020.

Further information will be released on this website.

14 April 2020

Yanos Zylberberg (University of Bristol)

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21 April 2020

internal seminar

28 April 2020

Dennis Novy (University of Warwick)

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5 May 2020

Sibylle Lehmann-Hasemeyer (University of Hohenheim)

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12 May 2020

Hanna Brenzel (Destatis)

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19 May 2020

Gianmarco Ottaviano (Bocconi University)

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9 June 2020

internal seminar

16 June 2020

Arnaud Chevalier (Royal Holloway, University of London)

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23 June 2020

James Fenske (University of Warwick)

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30 June 2020

Andrew Seltzer (Royal Holloway, University of London)

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7 July 2020

Ines Helm (Stockholm School of Economics)

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14 July 2020

Yoto Yotov (Drexel University)

On the Heterogeneous Effects of Sanctions on Trade and Welfare: New Evidence Based on Structural Gravity and a New Database

Using a new, global data base covering the years 1950 to 2015, we study the impact of sanctions on international trade and welfare. We make use of the rich dimensionality of our data and of the latest developments in the structural gravity literature. Starting with a broad evaluation by sanction type, we carefully investigate the case of Iran. Effects are significant but also widely heterogeneous across sanctioning countries. Moreover, they depend on the direction of trade. We also perform a counterfactual analysis which translates our partial equilibrium sanction estimates into heterogeneous but intuitive general equilibrium effects within the same framework.


Each semester the group meets for an RTG day on Tuesdays. Students and professors will spend the day together at one of the universities discussing their research and ideas. In the morning and early afternoon, first year students will attend their core lectures and in the late afternoon everyone participates in the RTG research seminar. There will be time for bilateral / subgroup meetings discussing joint projects and opportunities for informal discussions e.g. during lunch and coffee breaks. The day will typically close with an informal dinner in a nearby restaurant.

RTG Retreat

The first RTG retreat will take place on October 1st to welcome the first cohort. Professors will present their research agenda and discuss ideas for joint projects within the RTG.

Further events will be announced.

The RTG supports students with children to organize and finance child-care for RTG events taking place outside usual child-care opening hours.