2142 Research & Policy Seminar: Money, Credit, and Finance
ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Guido Schäfer
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/18/23 to 09/24/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Thursday 10/05/23 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM D4.0.144
Thursday 10/12/23 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM D4.0.144
Thursday 10/19/23 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM D4.0.144
Thursday 11/02/23 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM D4.0.144
Thursday 11/09/23 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM D4.0.144
Thursday 11/16/23 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM D4.0.144
Thursday 11/23/23 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM D4.0.144
Thursday 12/07/23 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM D4.0.144
Thursday 12/14/23 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM D4.0.144
Thursday 12/21/23 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM D4.0.144
Thursday 01/11/24 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM D4.0.144
Thursday 01/18/24 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM D4.0.144
Thursday 01/25/24 08:00 AM - 11:30 AM D4.0.144

The Research and Policy Seminar is a research lab covering current research topics in the area of monetary policy and the financial sector. Building upon the accompanying specialisation course, students develop research projects by replicating existing research papers, modifying them or setting up their own projects.

Among others, the following fields can be covered:

  • Conventional and Unconventional Monetary Policy
  • Macroprudential Policy
  • Monetary Policy in Macro Models with Financial Frictions
  • Inflation and Deflation
  • Financial Regulation and Supervision
  • Financial Crises and Policy Reforms
  • Current Topics, e.g., Digital Money and Cryptocurrencies, Monetary Policy Strategy Review, Monetary Policy and the Corona Crisis

In fall 2023 the focus will be on using text as data for problems in monetary and financial economics.






Learning outcomes

The course develops students' skills in monetary and financial economics to

  • investigate a specific policy topic in depth,
  • become familiar with theoretical and empirical models in monetary and financial economics,
  • identify research gaps and discuss possible approaoches to fill those gaps,
  • develop a research idea, set up a research project and write a paper about it,
  • work in small research groups as a team,
  • present a research project at a workshop,
  • get prepared for writing a master's thesis.
Attendance requirements

Pursuant to the general guidelines issued by the Vice-Rector for Academic Programs and Student Affairs, the attendance requirement is met if a student is present at least 80% of the time.




Teaching/learning method(s)

The course will be a mix of lectures by the instructor and research conducted by students on a project which is developed over the course of the semester. Key literature and methodological foundations are discussed jointly at the beginning of the course. Then students work in small groups on their research projects, regularly discussing their projects with the instructor and preparing progress reports. The eventual output will be a research paper that is presented at a workshop in January.






Research paper: 50 %

Progress reports and participation: 25 %

Presentation at the workshop: 25%

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Students taking the Research and Policy Seminar must also take the accompanying specialisation course "Money, Credit, Finance" (course No. 1615) by Schäfer and Schubert.


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Availability of lecturer(s)

office hours: by appointment (please register via e-mail to

Last edited: 2023-10-06