Seminar Public Finance - Winter Term 2018/19

Population and Family Economics


In this seminar we will deal with selected topics related to population change and demographic development. The main focus will be on the economic analysis of the effects of "demographic change", which is largely reflected in a changed age structure of the population and changing family decision-making processes. This covers, for example, aspects of demographic behavior such as fertility, child bearing and rearing and mortality. In turn, these aspects play an essential role against the background of an aging society, since they are important determinants for the functioning of social security systems. The aim of the seminar is to make students familiar with the economics of demographic change including current research findings.

Please note that you will have to read and understand original research papers as a part of this course. Many of these papers employ econometric techniques, and a basic understanding of econometrics, especially of regression analysis, is necessary. If you have not taken any econometrics courses so far, we recommend taking "Empirical Methods" (MW24.1) first.

June 2018 Central registration
13 July 2018 (1.00 pm, SR 114) For those students allocated to this seminar: Meeting and presentation of topics (slidespdf, 143 kb · de)
20 July 2018 Choice of preferred topics and a preferred start date (see next item). The preferences serve as the basis for the allocation of topics.
7 August 2018 to 11 September 2018 Start of your individual writing period.
You can choose to receive your topic on any Tuesday between August 7 and September 11. After receiving your topic, you have 5 weeks to complete a first version of your seminar paper. The paper will then be refereed by another student within 1 week. After receiving the referee report you have 2 more weeeks to improve your paper on the basis of the referee's comments.
1 October 2018 to 6 November 2018 Submission of the final version of your seminar paper (by email to your supervisor).
Soon after Time plan for the seminar (incl. allocation of discussants)
16 November 2018
22 November 2018
Seminar (blocked)


Basic knowledge of econometrics is required. For example, you should be fine if you attended Empirical Methods (MW24.1) or a similar class at another university / in your bachelor program.


For guidelines and regulations, see here

Schedule for Seminar Sessions

Time Presenter Topic Discussant Slides
Friday, 16 November 2018, Room 4.157
08.15 Kevin Bayer MA1 Becker's model 'A theory of marriage'pdf, 518 kb · de Rayan Aziz Slidespdf, 515 kb · de
09.05 Thi Anh Nguyen MA3 Macroeconomic implications of assortative matingpdf, 336 kb · de Patrick Bareinz Slidespdf, 633 kb · de
09.55 BREAK
10.10 Yazhou Wang PA2 Population ageing and social securitypdf, 115 kb · de Almario Uka Slidespdf, 4 mb · de
10.55 Santiago Lopez PA3 Mortality and economic growthpdf, 416 kb · de Li Luzhou Slidespdf, 2 mb · de
11.45 BREAK
12.00 Dominik Hecker IT1 Bequest and intergenerational transferspdf, 161 kb · de Kevin Bayer Slidespdf, 148 kb · de
12.50   END
Thursday, 22 November 2018, Room 4.157
08.15 Payan Aziz DI2 Divorce and its effects on childrenpdf, 772 kb · de Thi Anh Nguyen  
09.05 Patrick Bareinz IT2 Intergenerational transmission of preferencespdf, 335 kb · de Santiago Lopez Slidespdf, 157 kb · de
09.55 BREAK
10.10 Li Lushou PG1 The demographic transitionpdf, 428 kb · de Yazhou Wang Slidespdf, 1 mb · de
10.55 Almario Uka PG2 DEmographic transition and economic growthpdf, 305 kb · de Dominik Hecker Slidespdf, 162 kb · de
12.00    END