The CRC 649 is a center of transdisciplinary research where insights from economics,
mathematics and statistics converge and stimulate new research initiatives.
The exchange of information occurs via the daily cooperation among researchers
from different research groups. Although it is hosted by the Humboldt-Universität,
the CRC 649 cooperates with the Department of Economics at TU/WZB Berlin,
home to principal investigators of projects A6 (D. Kübler), B3 (A. Werwatz) and C
10 (F. Heinemann). The TU has sharpened its academic profile in recent years by
recruiting new faculty members and by creating two new degree programs, a BA
in Economics and an MA in Industrial and Network Economics.
The Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS), the Institute
for Mathematics at the Humboldt-Universität and the Institute forStatistics and
Econometries at the School of Business and Economics at the Humboldt-Universität
have been working together successfully for several years in research and education.
The WIAS Seminar entitled “Mathematical Statistics” (currently supervised
by W. Härdle, V. Spokoiny, N. Hautsch, and O. Ohkrin) is the most well-established
seminar of this kind in Germany.
Furthermore, the “Versicherungswissenschaftliches Netzwerk Berlin” (VersNetzB)
network connects Berlin researchers in the field of insurance economics and actuarial
theory at all the three universities including the university of applied sciences
(TFH) and German Insurance Association (GDV). Three colloquia per year offer
excellent opportunities to the joint research projects.
The CRC 649 has been instrumental in raising the quality of doctoral research
and reducing the average time needed for graduation, thereby, establishing the
Berlin Doctoral Program in Economies and Management Science (BDPEMS) as a
blueprint for doctoral education. The BDPEMS was established in 2003 to provide
young researchers with a structured doctoral education emphasizing the integration
of economics and management science and the application of rigorous analytical
and quantitative methods. The program is based on a network of top researchers
from the Humboldt-Universität, Freie Universität, Technische Universität,
European School for Management and Technology (ESMT), Wissenschaftszentrum
Berlin (WZB), and German Institute for Economic Research (DIW).
::: International Cooperation
The Collaborative Research Center 649 seeks intellectual exchange with researchers
from all around the world. In 2008 the School of Business and Economics
(Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät) of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
started a joint Master of Science (M.Sc.) program with Xiamen University, Xiamen,
China. The Xiamen University Economics department also hosts the Wang
Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE), which ranks among the five best
departments in China. A joint MSc program in quantitative finance is planned.
Talks are currently underway with the highly ranked Economics Department of
Fudan University, Shanghai to create a similar joint program.
For the past ten years, the faculty has organized a joint diploma/master program
with the “Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique”
(ENSAE) one of the leading “Grandes Ecoles” in Paris. The program is targeted
towards students with a strong interest in quantitative economics and methods;
an area in which the courses offered at Humboldt-Universität and ENSAE complement
each other. Upon successful completion and in contrast to traditional exchange
programs, the French and the German participants obtain degrees from
both institutions. The program intends to increase students’ mobility and to foster
students’ European identity. It is currently coordinated by Alexandra Spitz-Oener
In addition to the BDPEMS, an international doctoral program exists in marketing,
which was first sponsored by the UNICA (Network of the Universities from the
Capitals of Europe). The program offers doctoral courses in quantitative marketing
and marketing theory and combines the expertise of the marketing departments of
the three universities: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, University of Vienna, and
the University Paris Dauphine. The program started in 2007 with three courses
on Measurement and Modelling in Paris (June 2007), Berlin (October 2007) and
Vienna (April 2008). In addition, it is offered to other local institutions. In the first
year approximately 20 students participated from six universities.
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