German Economic Association Annual Conference 2019  

30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Democracy and Market Economy

Date: 22. to 25. September 2019
Venue: University of Leipzig - Campus Augustusplatz
Core Conference Organisation: Monika Schnitzer (LMU Munich)
Open Meeting Organisation: Daniel Krähmer (University of Bonn)
Local Organisation: Gunther Schnabl (University of Leipzig)

Registration from May 1st possible via this Link.

Note: The deadline for the reserved hotel rooms will soon expire.

Institute for Economic Policy
Grimmaische road 1
04109 Leipzig
Phone: +49 341 97 33 560      
E-Mail: sonnenberg(at)                                           
Contact person for sponsoring, exhibition, infrastructure and matters on the site

Verein für Socialpolitik
Mohrenstrasse 59
10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 204 596 00
E-Mail: office(at)
Responsible for Call for Papers, Lectures, Program and Registration

Programme and Conference Planner

The detailed conference planner can be accessed here.

Hotel Booking - Rooms

In some hotels we have reserved a number of rooms for you. You can book via these request documents.

HotelDistance to conference venueContingentBooking deadline
Motel One Post220m30
Motel One Augustusplatz170m5011.08.2019
Motel One Nikolaikirche350m5011.08.2019
Ibis Leipzig City700m5004.08.2019
Intercity Hotel900m1512.08.2019

Core Conference

In the 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, the former planned economies in East Germany and Eastern Europe have undergone fundamental processes of change. In the new federal states, the economic structure has undergone fundamental changes, but convergence with the old federal states is not complete. The economic catching-up process of the transition countries of Eastern Europe, some of which are now members of the European Union, is continuing. Where are East Germany and the transition countries today? How have democratic institutions and market-economy structures developed in the transition countries?

Three keynotes, given by Maria Petrova from the New Economic School in Moscow, Adam Szeidl from the Central European University in Budapest and Davide Cantoni from the LMU Munich, will shed light on developments in the transition countries of Eastern Europe and for comparison in China. A policy panel will discuss the current situation in the new German states against the background of the transformation processes to date.

Open Meeting: Call for Papers February 1 to March 1, 2019

The Annual Congress of the Verein fuer Socialpolitik consists of a core conference with invited lectures concerning “30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Democracy and Market Economy” and of an Open Meeting with mixed topics. Presentations and Organised Sessions for the Open Meeting may be submitted from all fields of economics.

The submissions are evaluated by anonymous referees and subsequently selected by the Programme Committee. The decision of acceptance may be expected by the end of May 2019. Membership in the Verein fuer Socialpolitik and acceptance of its Code of Ethics are required for presenting at the annual conference. After acceptance of the submission, applications for membership can be made here.

Accepted contributions will be published in EconStor, the online publication database of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Center Economy which is a part of the collection of all VfS conference contributions. Further publication is not intended by the Verein fuer Socialpolitik.

EconStor ( is a disciplinary publication server for the distribution of economics research papers in Open Access. It is maintained by the ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics. Making your conference paper on EconStor as a pre-publication available, increases the visibility of your research (e.g. via RePEc) and does not conflict with the submission to a scholarly journal. If necessary, papers on EconStor can be withdrawn and deleted at any time. Further information here.

Programme Committee of the Open Meeting (Chair: Daniel Krähmer)

  • Axel Dreher (University of Heidelberg)
  • Ester Faia (University of Frankfurt)
  • Christina Gathmann (University of Heidelberg)
  • Peter Haan (German Institute for Economic Research Berlin)
  • Christoph Kucmicz (University of Graz)
  • Johannes Münster (University of Cologne)
  • Markus Reisinger (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management)
  • Melanie Schienle (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
  • Karl Schmedders (University of Zurich)
  • Nora Szech (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
  • Christoph Trebesch (University of Kiel)

Event Ticket Deutsche Bahn

Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH in cooperation with Deutsche Bahn provides you with an offer for your comfortable journey to and from events in Leipzig. You can find more information here.

Travel Discription

Arrival by car

Via the A9 motorway: exit Großkugel onto the B6 or exit Leipzig West onto the B181, each in the direction of the city centre.Via the A 38 motorway: Exit at Kreuz Rippachtal onto the B87 in the direction of the city centre. Via the A 14 motorway: exit Leipzig Mitte onto the B2 or exit Leipzig Nordost onto the B87, each in the direction of the city centre. Follow the inner city ring until Augustusplatz am Georgiring. Parking is available directly at Augustusplatz (underground car park) for a fee.

Arrival by train

Intercity and Intercity Express trains connect Leipzig with almost all European cities. Campus Augustusplatz is located in the immediate vicinity of Leipzig Central Station: 5 minutes walk along Nikolaistraße or Goethestraße, direction City-Hochhaus / One stop with tram lines 10, 11 or 16 direction south or with tram lines 4, 7, 12 or 15 direction east to stop Augustusplatz.

Arrival by plane

Leipzig/Halle Airport is about 30 minutes by car from the city centre. There is a train connection between Leipzig/Halle Airport and the main railway station. Trains leave every half hour, the journey takes about 15 minutes. From the main station, please use the route as described above. If there is no direct flight from your city to Leipzig, we recommend that you fly to Berlin (approx. one hour train journey to Leipzig), Frankfurt am Main or Hanover (approx. three / three and a half hours train journey to Leipzig). There are regular trains to Leipzig from all three cities.

last update: 27.08.2019 

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