Graduate Programme in Labour Market Research (GradAB)

Posted on: 
Jul 15, 2015
Start Date: 
Jan 1, 2016
Duration of the Program: 
36 months
Application Deadline: 
Oct 15, 2015

Program Details

PhD Programs
Title after Completion of Studies: 
PhD in Economics
Study Options: 

Regular Fee: 

Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB) der Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA)
Regensburger Strasse 104
90478 Nuremberg


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The Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and the School of Business and Economics of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg have set up a joint doctoral programme in labour market research.

  • The course programme promotes theoretical and empirical methods at an advanced level. Additionally, applicants are granted access to the excellent data resources (administrative and survey data) of the IAB on employment and social security.
  • Doctoral students benefit from the professional research environment that enables them to apply their knowledge in academic and applied empirical research.
  • We address outstanding graduates from economics, sociology or other social sciences who hold a master degree or diploma. Applicants are expected to submit a proposal addressing empirical and theoretical research questions in the field of labour market research or the development of the required statistical-econometric methods.

The central feature of the Graduate Programme is the networking that takes place between participants and the scientific community, with IAB and among themselves. The mutual exchange of information promotes mutual learning – both together with and from one another – and generates ideas that may prove useful in one's own work.

  • Networking with the scientific community:  it is desirable for graduates to take part in academic conferences where they can discuss their research results within a larger circle and receive stimulus from the research work of external scientists. Scholarship holders receive an individual budget for this (currently 1,150 euros per year).

Networking within IAB: Along with "external" networking, IAB also encourages "internal" networking. All graduates are provided with a workplace at IAB. If no other arrangement has been made, graduates are attached to the Research Department of their mentor.A mutual exchange of information between graduates takes place among other things at the monthly GradAB Colloquia.

This doctoral program has scholarships opportunities still available 

Overview of Courses: 

The programme is comprised of five partial tasks and is aimed at consolidating and extending theoretical, methodical and applied skills in the field of labour market research. Special value is laid on interdisciplinarity.

Structure of the Study Programme

Tasks 1-3: Compulsory modules and elective compulsory modules. Participants first enrol in two compulsory modules: statistics and econometrics; the sociological and economic basis of labour market research. The aim is to provide a basis of knowledge in the relevant subjects. In addition to this, graduates attend elective compulsory courses where knowledge is consolidated and access to important theoretic models and methods of empirical work facilitated. Although the elective compulsory modules are offered by IAB  (GradAB elective compulsory modules 2013), they may partially be completed externally e.g. "Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE)". Graduates give proof of their successful attendance of the compulsory and elective compulsory modules by taking an examination. Below you can find an updated list of courses offered by IAB since 2013

Prof. H. Brücker (IAB)

International Migration: Causes and Consequences


Prof. B. Fitzenberger (Uni Freiburg)

Quantile Regression


Prof. M. Jungbauer-Gans (FAU Nuremberg)

Welfare State and Social Policy


Prof. F. Kreuter (IAB)

Survey Methods


Prof. C. Merkl (FAU Nuremberg)

Macroeconomics of the Labor Market


Prof. J. Schmieder (Boston University)

Methods of Policy Evaluation


Prof. P. Dolton (Uni Sussex)

Causality and Identification


Prof. M. Windzio (Uni Bremen)

Advanced Methods in Event History Analysis


Prof. A. Schwanzer (PH Ludwigsburg)

Designing Posters for Conferences


Dr. D. Arribas-Bel (Uni Birmingham)

Applied Spatial Econometrics


Prof. F. Kreuter (IAB, Uni Mannheim)

Designing Questionaires


Prof. M. Promberger (IAB)

Kritische Wirtschaftssoziologie


Prof. A. Spitz-Oehner (HU Berlin)

Polarization and Rising Wage Inequality


Prof. Karen Anderson (University of Southampton)

The Political Economy of Inequality and Redistribution


Task 4: Presentation at the GradAB Jour fixe. Graduates present the progress of their dissertation once a year at the GradAB Jours fixes. Along with the graduates, mentors and supervising professors also attend.

Task 5: Attending lectures. During lectures within the framework of the IAB Colloquium or in the doctoral research seminars at the School of Business and Economics of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, doctoral candidates have the opportunity of discussing current research results and innovative projects and approaches with external academics in order to gain valuable feedback for their own work.

Application Requirements:

  • Graduate degree in related discipline
  • Outline of the project

For more information please visit the following page:

Language Requirements: 
The courses are held in English

Class Size: 
10 - 20 students

Average % of International Students: 
Not applicable


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