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ifo Insti­tut – Leib­niz-Insti­tut für Wirt­schafts­for­schung an der Uni­ver­si­tät Mün­chen e. V. - ifo Center for Public Finance and Political Economy

The ifo Institute is one of the leading economic research institutes in Europe. It works on economically and politico-economic issues of international relevance at the highest scientific level and with an international impact and develops research-based recommendations for action for politics, business and society. Through its five fields of activity - research, promotion of young researchers, political consulting, participation in public debates and information/services - it contributes to maintaining and increasing sustainable economic prosperity and social participation under constantly changing conditions.

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PhD candidate (f/m/d) (75%)

for the ifo Center for Public Finance and Political Economy

Working field:

To strengthen our team, we are looking for a graduate students (f/m/d) to complete a PhD in economics at the chair of the Center Director Professor Niklas Potrafke at the University of Munich and to work on research projects in public economics and political economy.

How should we assess the instruments of economic policy used in Germany, the European Union and globally? How do political decision-makers and institutions influence economic policy and its outcomes? And how do political factors shape expectations of agents and their behavior? The ifo Center for Public Finance and Political Economy investigates these questions and derives policy recommendations. The team examines public debt in Germany and Europe, the evaluation of fiscal policies, and fiscal federalism and local public finances. The focus is on current issues, such as the record debt levels following the Corona crisis and economic policy strategies to consolidate budgets. We conduct international survey experiments and investigate how individuals form expectations. Excellent research is our top priority. We publish our research results in renowned international journals. Join us in this task!

Your area of responsibility

  • You will work on research projects in the field of public economics, contributing to solutions for current societal challenges with applied econometric analyses.
  • You will complete a PhD in economics at the chair of Center Director Professor Niklas Potrafke at the University of Munich (LMU).
  • You will participate in the structured doctoral student training program run by the Munich Graduate School of Economics (MGSE) of the LMU.


What we expect from you

  • You have a strong master’s degree in economics.
  • You have sound knowledge of the foundations of economics, relevant empirical methods, and public economics.
  • With excellent English language skills, both written and spoken, you will be able to interact confidently in the international network of researchers.
  • Knowledge of the German language is an advantage.
  • You are a team player who values professional exchange with your colleagues and like to take responsibility for yourself and others.
  • With us, you will find an ideal working environment for excellent research. This was also confirmed by the European Commission, which awarded us the "HR Excellence in Research" award in 2019.

Our membership in the Familienpakt Bayern (Bavarian Family Pact) reinforces our measures to reconcile family and career.

We promote professional equality regardless of ethnic origin, gender, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual identity. We strive to increase the proportion of women in research and therefore expressly encourage women to apply.

What we offer:

Why ifo?

  • You can expect an interesting and challenging job at one of the leading economic research institutes in Europe.
  • You will conduct policy-oriented empirical economic research in a top-class research team.
  • You will benefit from comprehensive further scientific qualification at one of Germany’s best economics faculties.
  • In line with our claim "Shaping the Economic Debate", you will make your research results accessible to the general public and thus contribute to the debate on economic and fiscal policy.
  • Your working contract will initially be limited to three years with an option to extend depending on the progress of your PhD.
  • Your remuneration is analogous to the collective agreement for the public service of the Länder (German public service pay scale TV-L E13, 75%).
  • Through our close connection to the CESifo network with over 1,800 members from all over the world, you will have the opportunity to acquire enriching international experience and networking.
  • We support you in your work, personal development and work-life-balance with flexible working hours, the opportunity to partly work from home, many opportunities for further training and education, and the possibility for research stays abroad.
  • Our institute is a very nice place to work with its own garden and close to the Isar and the English Garden.
  • Employees who move to Munich or the surrounding area from a radius of 200 km or more receive a relocation allowance after passing their probationary period.
  • We support non-German-speaking employees with German language courses.

How to apply:

Your application

Interested? Then please send us your application documents with the reference number 2023-032 ÖF-Dok by September 10, 2023 using the form here:,id=c38a120f-2139-4fef-9e41-ea55ad5ce6ba,popup=y

Please attach a letter of motivation, your CV, references and other documents relevant to your application in the lower section of the form.

Letters of recommendation can be sent directly from the creator to the following email address: The letters will then be added to your application in our system and forwarded to the appropriate people.

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