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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Internationaler Agrarhandel und Entwicklung

Writing your B.Sc./M.Sc. thesis at the IATD Group

A list of topics in which we are interested to supervise B.Sc. and M.Sc. theses is found below. Students can also suggest potential own topics and/or research questions. to one of the potential supervisors at the IATD group. Note that there are certain criteria to be fulfilled for your research work to qualify for a B.Sc. or M.Sc. Thesis. The following points are general guidelines:


  • Your thesis may include data collection and development, the application of methods such as simulation modeling or econometrics, and/or literature reviews on specific research fields presented in an analytical way.


Available thesis topics:





  • Depicting (natural) disasters in economy wide simulation models
    Supervisor/Contact person: Jonas Luckmann (luckmann@hu-berlin.de)
  • Income distribution and inequality in country-level databases: a comparative analysis and review of existing measures.
    Supervisor: Khalid Siddig (khalid.siddig@hu-berlin.de)


Country-level analysis of economic and/or agricultural policies using SAM-based simulation models

This MSc topic is only suitable for students who attended our course on “Introduction to simulation models in market and policy analysis” or an equivalent course. It would also be good if the student attends our one-week blocked PhD module on “Applied general equilibrium modeling” or the MSc module on “Intermediate CGE modeling”.

Under this topic, the MSc thesis includes the following activities:

  • Develop research questions of the thesis focused on one particular country of interest. They should be suitable for being answered using a SAM-based simulation model,
  • Develop/update a SAM (social accounting matrix) for the country of interest, and
  • Implement policy simulations to answer the research questions using either a CGE or SAM-multiplier model.
  • Supervisor: Khalid Siddig (khalid.siddig@hu-berlin.de)


B.Sc. and M.Sc.: