Given the research themes of the Economic Frontiers Program presented on the main page and pages of the research groups on Economics of Equal Life Chances (EELC) and Economics of Disruptive Change (EDC), the program especially welcomes applications for the YSSP 2024 surrounding the following topics:

  • Research relating to unequal access to essential goods and services and the implications for development opportunities, vulnerability and well-being.
  • Distributional impacts of climate and agricultural transitions.
  • The modelling of social tipping in dynamic climate systems.
  • Household responses to disaster risks.
  • Theoretical and empirical modelling relating to the accumulation and allocation of human capital (health and education) and other productive factors (wealth, retirement decisions) in response to transition processes.
  • Economic modelling of disruptions (e.g. climate tipping, eco-system collapse, technological breakthrough, pandemics, drastic political change) and resilience.
  • Dynamic and game-theoretic modelling of environmental and climate policies as well as in the setting of energy transitions.
  • Modeling economic dynamics (e.g., transitional paths, strategic interaction) and analysis of policy implications.
  • Modelling of health and health care for well-being and in the process of transitions.
  • Modelling of the circular economy and different market structures.

Applicants focusing on other research topics not listed above are still highly encouraged to apply to the Economic Frontiers Program, if the research questions align with the topics covered in the Program.

In terms of methods researchers of the EF Program can offer expertise in

  • economic dynamics,
  • optimal control and differential game theory,
  • overlapping-generations modelling,
  • advanced and structural econometrics,

including both theoretical and numerical approaches. Hence, the Program can provide particularly in-depth supervision to students working within these frameworks but also very much welcomes applications based on different methodological approaches.

Further information information on the organisational structure of the YSSP can be found here.