We offer Bachelor and Master Theses in one of the following areas:
- Health economics (e.g., efficiency of health care markets, e.g., do physicians make the right treatment decisions; effects of informal care; effects of sleep on mental and physical performance)
- Economics of education (e.g., returns to education such as the effect of high school graduation on wages, cognitive skills, or health; effects of educational expansion; teacher influence on learning levels)
- Labor economics (determinants of labor wages, e.g., experience, education, the size of the firm, the size of the local labor market; determinants of labor supply decisions)
- Family economics (determinants of fertility decisions).
If you do not have a well-developed research question, we will help you to develop your ideas into a research question. You are welcome to propose topics from a general area of applied microeconomics.
In Bachelor Theses, we encourage you to conduct your own small empirical analyses of individual data provided by us. In Master Theses, empirical evaluations (also with micro data), if possible with the aim of estimating causal effects, are obligatory. As long as you are motivated to work on your own empirical projects, a lack of practical experience is not a disadvantage for empirical work.
Appropriate data sets for empirical theses:
- The German Socio-economic Panel (SOEP)
- The National Educational Panel Study
- The NAKO Health Study
- Labor Market Data from the IAB
We accept requests for final papers at any time of the year.
Finally, here is a list of current and past theses:
- „Compulsory schooling and cognitive abilities in old age in Europe--An empirical analysis using the SHARE data“ (Masterarbeit)
- „Der langfristige Effekt von informeller Pflege auf das Arbeitsangebot und die Löhne – eine empirische Analyse mit administrativen Rentendaten“ (Masterarbeit)
- „Allokative Ineffizienzen im Gesundheitswesen – Eine ökonomische Analyse am Beispiel von Herzinfarktbehandlungen“ (Masterarbeit)
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from Campus North to Campus South by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus North and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".
Street navigation from and to the TU Dortmund University:
The document and the graphic represent the motorways and federal highways around the TU Dortmund University in a very simplified way:
This interactive map helps you find and navigate between facilities and buildings on campus:
This document contains a simple campus map in German and English: