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Study programme

The interdisciplinary study programme provides in-depth theoretical, methodological and empirical skills in the field of labour market Research.

Studienprogramm GradAB

Structure of the Study Programme

Compulsory and compulsory optional courses

During the first year of the programme, all doctoral students participate in three compulsory courses: “Statistics and Econometrics” (including an introduction to IAB’s data products), “Fundamentals of Labour Market Research in Sociology and Economics”, and “Good Scientific Practice”.

In the second year, doctoral students start to participate in compulsory optional courses to extend their knowledge about advanced theories and empirical methods in economics, sociology and survey methodology. Doctoral students can either complete all necessary compulsory optional courses within the IAB, or they can participate in external courses, e.g. within the framework of the " "Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE)".

To successfully complete the compulsory and compulsory optional courses, doctoral students have to fulfil the respective examination requirements.

Presentation of own research in the GradAB jour fixe meetings

All doctoral students are required to present the progress of their research in annual GradAB jour fixe meetings, which are open to all members of the Institute. 

Research seminars

Research seminars of the IAB Colloquium or the School of Business and Economics of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) give doctoral students the opportunity to gather inspiration for their own work and to discuss new and ongoing projects with external researchers. 

Internships, conferences, national and international research visits

Doctoral students have the opportunity to attend scientific conferences, participate in national and international research visits, or to do an internship at a political or social Organisation.


After the doctoral students have passed all examinations of the study programme and successfully completed their dissertation, the FAU or one of the other cooperating universities (depending on the affiliation of the supervising professor) will grant the doctoral degree. The promotion regulations of the respective university apply.



GradAB-Compulsory elective courses 

  • Professor B. Fitzenberger
    Quantile Regression
    10./12. October 2017
  • Professor A. Spitz-Oener
    Causes and Consequences of Migration
    16./17. November 2017


GradAB compulsory courses