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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), “The Sociological and Economic Basis of Labour Market Research”, and “Good Scientific Practice”.

In the second year, doctoral students start to participate in compulsory elective 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)" or in Summer Schools.

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.

Past compulsary elective courses

Prof. Claus Schnabel Writing, Presenting and Publishing Research Papers 2020
PD Johannes Ludsteck Python and Pandas 2020
Prof. Marco Caliendo Introduction to Matching and Weighting Estimators 2020
Professor Andrea Galeotti Networks 2019
PD Thomas Lampert Labour Market and Health 2019
Professor Claus Schnabel Writing, Presenting and Publishing Research Papers 2019
Professor Andreas Peichl Distribution and Redistribution of Income 2019
Malte Schierholz and Christoph Kern Machine Learning 2018
Professor Claus Schnabel Writing and Publishing Research Papers 2018
Uta Schönberg Programme Evaluation 2018
Uta Schönberg Practical tips for writing research papers 2018
Michael Gebel Panel Data Analysis 2018
Professor B. Fitzenberger Quantile Regression 2017
Professor A. Spitz-Oener Causes and Consequences of Migration 2017
Professor Annette Bergemann and Prof. Gerard van den Berg Topics in Labour Market Research 2017
Professor Ralf Wilke Limited dependent variables 2016
Professor Lutz Bellmann  German Establishments' Personnel Strategies during the Great Recession 2016
Joe Sakshaug  Survey Methods 2016
Professor A. Spitz-Oehner (HU Berlin)  Polarization and Rising Wage Inequality 2015
Professor Karen Anderson (University of Southampton, UK)  The Political Economy of Inequality and Redistribution 2015
Professor C. Merkl (FAU)  Macroeconomics of the Labor Market 2015
Professor D. Oberski (Tilburg University)  Structural Equation Modelling 2015
Professor P. Dolton (Uni Sussex) Causality and Identification  2014
Professor M. Windzio (Uni Bremen)  Advanced Methods in Event History Analysis 2014
Professor A. Schwanzer (PH Ludwigsburg)  Designing Posters for Conferences 2014
Dr D. Arribas-Bel (Uni Birmingham)  Applied Spatial Econometrics 2014
Professor F. Kreuter (IAB, Uni Mannheim)  Designing Questionaires 2014
Professor M. Promberger (IAB, FAU)  Kritische Wirtschaftssoziologie 2014
Professor H. Brücker (IAB)  International Migration: Causes and Consequences 2013
Professor B. Fitzenberger (Uni Freiburg)  Quantile Regression 2013
Professor M. Jungbauer-Gans  Welfare State and Social Policy 2013
(FAU) Professor F. Kreuter (IAB)  Survey Methods 2013
Professor C. Merkl (FAU)  Macroeconomics of the Labor Market 2013
Professor J. Schmieder (Boston University)  Methods of Policy Evaluation 2013



  • "Event History Modelling"
    14-15 January 2021
    Michaela Kreyenfeld (Hertie School of Governance)
    Online lecture
  • "Globalization and Labor Market Outcomes"
    February/March 2021
    Hans-Jörg Schmerer
    “Blended learning” course with self-study modules and 4 online meetings of 1,5 hours
  • "Changes in the Wage and Employment Structure"
    6-7 May 2021
    Alexandra Spitz-Oener
  • "Survival Analysis"
    20-21 May 2021
    Arne Uhlendorff