Annual Conference 2019

Annual Conference 2019

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


September 22nd – 25th, 2019


Jahrestagung 2019 Eröffnung

Foto: Christoph Kutta

Jahrestagung 2019 Panel

Foto: Christoph Kutta

Core Conference Organisation:

Open Meeting Organisation:
Local Organisation:

Monika Schnitzer
(LMU Munich)

Daniel Krähmer
(University of Bonn)   
Gunther Schnabl
(University of Leipzig)


We tahnk all participants, speakers, panelists and organisers for the successful annual conference 2019. Here on flickr you can get some impressions.


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Core Conference 2019:


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.


Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) – Projektnummer 428925943.


Open Meeting: Call for Papers (February 1 to March 1, 2019) - is now closed


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)

 Participation fees VfS Annual Conference 2019:


VfS member1149,00 €1acquired VfS membership by 30 April 2019
VfS member (reduced fee)189,00 €
Non-member (Externals)375,00 € 
Student (Bachelor / Master)240,00 €2study certificate to be sent to:
VfS new member3246,00 €

3new member = acquired membership after 30 April 2019

VfS new member (reduced fee)3                    
    142,00 €
New members participating at the annual conference don't pay the extra membership fee to the VfS in 2019.

Cancellation policy according to General Terms and Conditions

name change, change of invoice                  20,00 €handling fee                                                                
cancellation by 14/07/2019    20,00 €refund 100 %
cancellation from 15/07/2019            --refund 50 %
cancellation from 01/09/2019            --refund 0


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