RTG 2484 - Regional Disparities & Economic Policy

Welcome to the homepage of the doctoral research training group (RTG) 2484 – “Regional Disparities and Economic Policy”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and jointly instituted in 2019 by the TU Dortmund, the University of Duisburg-Essen, and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

The overarching goal of the RTG “Regional Disparities and Economic Policy” is to provide an outstanding education for doctoral students while at the same time contributing to frontier research in the exciting and dynamic field of regional economics. Combining the expertise of scholars from distinct economic backgrounds (e.g. labor, public, health, macro) and thus different methodological skills, institutional knowledge, and data access, we establish a graduate program that promises internationally visible scientific output and an excellent academic training environment for PhD candidates.

Regional disparities – for example with respect to income, housing costs, labor market, education and health outcomes – are pronounced, persistent, and at times divergent, but the debate about their origins, consequences, and appropriate policy responses is still largely unresolved. The RTG “Regional Disparities and Economic Policy” aims to improve our knowledge of underlying economic mechanisms and hence lay the groundwork for well-founded policy recommendations by applying and further developing recent methodological advances in regional economics as well as utilizing unique data sets. To this end, the Research Data Center at RWI – Leibniz-Institute for Economic Research, specialized on regional data, constitutes an important partner of the RTG.

Qualification Program

The RTG “Regional Disparities and Economic Policy” provides doctoral students with an excellent environment for a completion of high-quality dissertations in its research area. The comprehensive qualification program combines a short, concentrated course program with structured research guidance and ample opportunities for feedback and discussion, allowing for dissertation completion within three years and promoting careers in academia, research institutes, the private economy and the public sector, including international organizations.

The RTG brings together ten internationally visible professors from different sub-disciplines within economics (e.g. labor, public, macro, gender, health and regional economics) who share a genuine interest in regional aspects of the economy and access to and expertise in handling highly relevant data sets. Together with  five to seven incoming doctoral students each year they form the RTG group. RTG activities geared to outgoing and incoming (guest) researchers place our research and qualification program at the center of the international research environment in the field. The combination of methodological and topical knowledge from different sub-fields makes this RTG unique.

The RTG is a diverse group with regard to gender, seniority and national origin. We believe that diversity is an invaluable asset in our mission to advance academic research within the field of regional economics.

The RTG “Regional Disparities and Economic Policy” admits approximately five to seven doctoral students every year. The Call for Applications of the RTG 2484 will be announced in the second half of March, 2024.