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Abschlussarbeiten / Thesis

Das Fachgebiet Makroökonomie bietet Bachelor- und Masterarbeiten zu aktuellen Fragestellungen aus den Forschungsbereichen des Lehrstuhls an.


The Chair of Macroeconomics offers bachelor and master thesis' on current topics in our research areas.

Voraussetzungen / Requirements

Studierende die eine Abschlussarbeit am Fachgebiet Makroökonomie anstreben, sollten neben dem Grundlagenmodul "Makroökonomik" (AVWL II) mindestens eine weitere Lehrveranstaltung [1] am Lehrstuhl erfolgreich abgeschlossen haben. Im Idealfall haben Sie auch ein Bachelor- bzw. Master-Seminar des Lehrstuhls belegt.


Students who would like to write a thesis at the Chair of Macroeconomics should have completed the basic course "Macroeconomics" (AVWL II) and at least one further course [2] at the Chair. Ideally you have also completed one of our bachelor's or master seminars.

Themenfindung / Topic selection

Die wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiter des Lehrstuhls bieten jeweils Themen aus ihrer eigenen Forschung an. Einige Vorschläge mit aktuell zu vergebenden Themen finden Sie weiter unten.

Zusätzlich gibt es die Möglichkeit eigene Themenvorschläge einzubringen. Um eine angemessene Betreuung sicherzustellen, sollte der eigene Themenvorschlag inhaltlich zu den Forschungsschwerpunkten des Lehrstuhls (Makroökonomik, Geldpolitik, Finanzkrisen und Experimentelle Ökonomie) passen.


Our scientific staff offer topics from their own research. You can find a list of current topics below.

In addition there is the opportunity to suggest your own topic. To ensure adequate support your topic should match the research interests of the chair of macroeconomics (macroeconomics, monetary economics, financial crises, and experimental economics).

Themen / Topics

Topic 1:Corona and the economy

Content: The Corona pandemic is not only a threat to health, but also a major shock to economic activity all over the world. Why does the pandemic affect the economy? First, many people get sick and some die which has direct consequences for the labor force. Even more people change their behavior and stay home and/or change their consumption habits to avoid infections. This affects labor supply and consumption demand. The effects are reinforced by public interventions such as the shutdown of certain industries and/or contact restrictions. This thesis should combine an extended SIR model to describe the pandemic development with a micro-founded macro model for describing aggregate supply and demand of labor and commodities. The aim is to calibrate the model and analyze the interaction by which economic activities influence infection rates and vice versa.

Research Area: Macroeconomics


Topic 2: Sustainable growth in the light of climate change

Content: The Solow model is the basis for understanding the connection between savings capital accumulation and growth. In the 1970s, this model was extended to capture the usage of ressources as a second state variable (besides capital). Later came extensions that capured endogenous human capital formation. This thesis should lay out the further development of standard growth models in the light of the debate about climate change. Some questions that could be raised in this thesis fall in the area of descriptive theory, for example: How do external effects in the usage of natural ressources affect the growth path of a market economy? How is the savings rate affected by the prospect of climate change? Other questions are closer related to normative theory, as: How can optimal growth be defined, when issues of intergenerational distribution arise? How do externalities affect the relation between the growth path arising in a market economy and an optimal growth path? How does the optimal growth path depend on eventual tipping points? Finally, we also want to attempt some conclusions and recommendations for policy.

Research Area: Macroeconomics


Topic 3: The effect of money supply shocks in the example of the Demonetization of the Indian Economy in 2016

Content: In November 8th 2016, the Indian government unexpectedly declared 86% of its legal tender invalid on midnight. This money supply shock created a significant disruption on the Indian economy.   The aim of the thesis is to give an overview of the impact the demonization had on the Indian economy. How did it affect payment behaviour, consumption, financial inclusion, the informal sector and other economic sectors? The natural experiment in India should then be compared and put in context to the theoretical predictions of a money supply shocks, as well as to other empirical evidence on money supply shocks.


Chodorow-Reich, Gabriel, et al. "Cash and the economy: Evidence from India’s demonetization." The Quarterly Journal of Economics 135.1 (2020): 57-103.

Banerjee, A., E. Breza, A. G. Chandrasekhar, and B. Golub (2018) When Less is More: Experimental Evidence on Information Delivery During India's Demonetization," Working Paper 24679, National Bureau of Economic Research.

Khanna, G., & Mukherjee, P. (2020). Political Punishment and Financial Safety Nets: Evidence from India's Demonetization. Available at SSRN 3514947.

Research Area: Macroeconomics

Weitere Hinweise / Further information

Bitte informieren Sie sich bei Ihrem zuständigen Prüfungsamt bzw. in Ihrer Studien- und Prüfungsordnung über die Bedingungen (Anmeldung, Fristen, Abgabe, etc.) zur Anfertigung von Abschlussarbeiten.

Allgemeine Informationen zum wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten finden Sie im Leitfaden "Qualitative Anforderungen an wissenschaftliche Arbeiten an der TU Berlin [3]".

Ein weiterere Leitfaden unseres Fachgebiets finden Sie hier: Academic writing guide (English) [4]


Please inform yourself independently about the conditions (application, deadlines, etc.) of writing a thesis. You can get the relevant information at the examination office (Prüfungsamt) and/or in the study and examination regulations of your study program.



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