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Chair of Labour Economics – Prof. Dr. Elke Jahn

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General Requirements

A prerequisite for writing a bachelor or master thesis at the chair of labour economics is that you have successfully passed at least the class Labour Economics (Arbeitsmarktökonomik) or Empirical Labour Economics. You should have passed the class at least with grade 2 (good). Possible topics of your thesis need to be in the area of labour economics.

It is necessary that you present your work at least once at the bachelor / master thesis seminar. During the seminar you will have a chance to present the outline of your thesis and first findings. The seminar aims to tutor you during the writing of your thesis and is intended to improve the quality of your work. It does not provide extra credits.

Formal Requirements 

Details regarding the formal requirements of written papers at the chair of labour economics:

The registration of the thesis will be made at the chair by the secretariat via Campus Online. After agreement with your supervisor regarding the topic and start of the processing period, please contact the secretariat for registration.


Students, who will write their thesis at the Chair of Labour Economics, can apply for access to the data of the Socioeconomic Panel (SOEP) of the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW). This socio-economic microdata is mainly useful for topics in applied (labour) economics.

In order to receive access to the SOEP data, a student has to register his or her thesis at the Chair of Labour Economics first. Upon successful registration please sign the following document twice (including the data protection statement on page two) and hand in two copies at the office of Sandra Hörath sandra.hoerath@uni-bayreuth.de (RW II Room: 1.74).

The documents are subsequently sent to the DIW for final inspection, which can take up to two weeks. Please plan your thesis accordingly.

For more details on getting permission and access to the data in the PC lab, consult this short guide HERE. It explains the structure and characteristics of the SOEP, and gives tips on how to handle the data in STATA (also see the exemplary do-file HERE).

SOEP Activation File 1
SOEP Activation File 2
SOEP Activation File 3
SOEP Activation File 4
SOEP Activation File 5

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