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ECONtribute: Markets & Public Policy

The joint initiative of the Universities of Bonn and Cologne, will be funded as a Cluster of Excellence in the German Excellence Strategy. The goal of the Cluster is to advance a new paradigm for the analysis of markets & public policy in light of fundamental societal and technological challenges.


The Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI) is one of Europe’s leading research institutes in the field of energy economics. Focusing on energy markets and infrastructures, the institute is especially competent in issues regarding the electricity, coal and natural gas markets, particularly when using complex energy economics simulation models. It also researches the consequences of current or potential regulatory state interventions into these markets.

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies conducts basic research on the governance of modern societies. It aims to develop an empirically based theory of the social and political foundations of modern economies by investigating the interrelation between economic, social and political action.

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Initially founded as a Max Planck institute that investigates the provision of collective goods, the ­institute has developed into an international hub that focuses in its research mainly on applied economics and on behavioral law.