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Date: Sep 26, 2019

Celebrating BGSE’s 20th anniversary

The Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE) was founded 20 years ago. In July 2019 almost 300 guests celebrated this anniversary at a large event that took place in the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn.

We were delighted that so many alumni came back to Bonn to meet again with our faculty, our current students and staff.

The celebration started with speeches by the rector of the University of Bonn, Professor Michael Hoch, by the dean, Professor Jürgen von Hagen, and by BGSE’s director Professor Benny Moldovanu. They all underlined the achievements of BGSE’s alumni and BGSE’s contribution to the success of the Faculty of Economics and the University.

The academic part consisted of four lectures by distinguished alumni. Benjamin Enke, Professor at Harvard University talked about the political economy of moral universalism. Professor Nora Szech from KIT Karlsruhe presented an experiment that illustrates the (in)elasticity of moral ignorance. Her presentation was followed by Professor Philipp Strack from UC Berkeley (currently at Yale) who discussed the economic consequences of overconfidence and wrong beliefs. This part concluded with a keynote lecture held by Professor Markus Brunnermeier, Princeton University, who focused on monetary theory.

Professor Urs Schweizer, the founding director of the BGSE concluded the formal event with several personal remarks. Afterwards, there was plenty of time to (re)connect with other alumni during a buffet dinner. Our guests also had the chance to see the exhibitions in the Bundeskunsthalle.

We would like, once again, to thank rector Hoch, chancellor Gottschalk, dean von Hagen, and their predecessors for generously supporting us in the last two decades. We are looking forward to a future of cutting-edge research and graduate education, and to the many excellent graduates to come.


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