Below you find the latest events of the RSIT. The RSIT regularly invites both senior researches as well as young and ambitious scholars to discuss research. Organising workshops, conferences and summer schools for our PhD students is also an important element of the RSIT.
Our first RSIT conference took place at the in
the castle Hohentübingen, University of Tübingen. It included presentations by all PIs as well as the doctoral
students working on the different sub-projects. Rita de la Feria, a professor of tax law and an international research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Business Taxation, gave a keynote lecture
on "BEPS challenges of digitalisation, anti-avoidance rules and global tax fairness".
The RSIT's PhD students are located at several universities across Germany. At the PhD workshop in Tübingen, the students met and got to know each other in person for the first time. Each student was provided the opportunity to present their work to their peers as well as Professors and Postdocs of the RSIT. The schedule left plenty of room for valuable feedback and discussions. In addition to the research-based presentations, our PhD students enjoyed the informal exchanges among each other and with the PIs during coffee breaks, and the joint dinner. During the first day we also held a women's brunch.
Just in time for International Women's Day, our female PhDs came together to work on their presentation and networking
skills. Career coach Kathrin Keune walked them through a creative and intense 2-day workshop with lots of hands-on exercises to reflect on their professional achievements and performance. They
practiced their elevator pitch to present their work and learned how to use their voice and body language to be authentic and visible. Finally, strategies to build and enlarge their scientific
network were also discussed and practiced in role plays. Big thanks to Ms. Keune for this insightful workshop!
Fostering the next generation of researchers is a big part of advancing the state of knowledge in economics. Our PhD workshop saw our current PhD students presenting their current research to the rest of the research unit, receiving valuable feedback in the process. PhD students also attended a workshop by our junior professors, who were able to share advice on the international job market based on their recent experience.
Professor Ron Davies, PhD (University College Dublin) held afour-day online workshop on "Innovation in a Global Economy". In addition to presenting his own work, Prof. Davies provided an
excellent discussion on empirical challenges and data sources that can be used for empirical research. While the focus of his lectures was clearly on tax incentives and innovation, he also gave
an introduction on seminal contributions (empirical and theoretical) to the literature on innovation. The workshop nicely fit into the different research fields of the RU. In bilateral talks, our
young researchers had the opportunity to discuss their research. All of them received very helpful feedback.
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In March 2021, Dr. Matthew McKay and Dr. Chase Coleman provided a Python workshop at the RSIT. They did a great job introducing tools for data management, connecting Python with Stata 16, and looking into web scrapping and other useful techniques for gathering data online. Matthew and Chase are both part of QuantEcon, an organization dedicated to improving economic modelling by enhancing computational tools for economists.
On March 17, 2021, we held our first RSIT data workshop. The aim of the workshop was to have first presentations on the data collected for the ITI database. All doctoral students and PIs contributing to P1 participated in this workshop to comment and discuss data issues such as measurement, sources, legal definitions, etc.
Georg Wamser explains why it makes sense for governments to put a price on carbon emissions, from an economics point of view. (Event organized by Global Marshall Plan Tübingen and Bürgerlobby Klimaschutz).
In July 2019, Yoto Yotov took us into the world of gravity by giving a three-day course on “Analyzing Trade and Trade Policy with the Structural Gravity Model”. The course offered a comprehensive and balanced approach between theory and empirics on the workhorse model in international trade. With his enthusiasm and passion for the profession, Yoto inspired us all. Many thanks to Yoto who donated all proceeds to children with autism in his Bulgarian hometown!
Leslie Robinson offered a very interesting three-day lecture on international tax research with a specific focus on profit shifting in June 2019. The students became acquainted with recent methods and data sources for measuring BEPS. We all enjoyed the background discussion on the U.S. Tax Reform (especially the discussion on the behavioural effects of the GILTI provision) which was very informative and we thank Leslie for three great days of lecture!
The United Kingdom is about to leave the European Union. On October 26, 2018, the University of Tübingen hosted an international conference on the consequences of BREXIT for the future of Europe (see here). Hans-Werner Sinn completed the day with an inspiring keynote speech.
On October 18, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Clemens Fuest, President of the ifo Institute for Economic Research, gave a talk on "European Tax Policy for the 21st Century". In his talk he highlighted the challenges of international taxation and also addressed the role of taxing the digital economy.
This spring school, organised by Frank Stähler and Willi Kohler, introduced students to the economic policies carried out by the institutions of the European Union and their background. The spring school started with a visit to the European Central Bank on April 15. During this two-week course, students learned how and why economic policies are designed in the world's largest trading power.
On April 13 2018, the first Tübingen-Hohenheim Orbis User Conference took place in Tübingen. Students working with the Orbis database presented their ongoing work. Special thanks to Prof. Peter Egger (ETH Zürich) who gave a very interesting keynote lecture!
James R. Markusen is a professor of economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is among the leading scholars worldwide in the field of international trade. Over the last 25 years his work has concentrated on the location, production, and welfare effects of large-scale firms and multinational corporations. His most recent work explores how demand shifts due to rising incomes and helps explain empirical and policy puzzles.
RSIT Lunch Seminar, Tuesday, 12-1 pm (see program)
Research Seminar in Economics, Tuesday, 2-4 pm (see program)
Business Research Seminar, Wednesday, 2-4 pm (see program)