Institute of Economics - A portrait in questionnaires

Institute of Economics - A portrait in questionnaires

The first edition of  "wiwi aktuell", the magazine for our business and economics students at the University of Kassel, featured a portait of the Institute of Economics; all professors answered a questionnaire and were drawn by Viktoria Gochmann. This is the archive of those English translations of the questionnaires (done by Fiona Hayes) that we already featured in the news section, in alphabetic order.

Frank Beckenbach

Recommended book?
   John Ruskin: Stones of Venice (3 volumes).
Your favourite place in Kassel?
    Neue Galerie and the café in front of it.
What do you think annoys students most about your courses?
    My speaking rate.
Which fact about you could surprise students?
    My car preferences.
A research question you are currently working on?
    How is economic order attained other than by equilibrium.
Would you like to be the minister for economic affairs?
Why (not)?
   No! To little power to really create something.
Why are the business studies professors so likeable?
    Strange suggestive question.

Ivo Bischoff

Your career aspirations as a first-semester student?
   Manager.
Recommended book?
   Peter Watson, The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century, 2001.
Your favourite place in Kassel?
   Habichtswald.
What do you think annoys students most about your courses?
   The occasional confusion created by spontaneous examples and slightly off-topic discussions. The concept of the economics (VWL) III tutorial.
Which fact about you could surprise students?
    My taste in music.
A research question you are currently working on?
    Does beer taste good with antimatter? Which factors support or interfere with inter-municipal cooperation?
Would you like to be the minister for economic affairs? Why (not)?
    Yes (minister for economic affairs for a defined period of time). This would mean hands-on experience of public choice.
Why are the business studies professors so likeable?
    Because they (most of them at least) work well together with us if the progress of our faculty is concerned.

Holger Bonin

Your career aspirations as a first-semester student?
   Those were not very concrete. One thing was for sure: No job in the business.
Recommended book?
   Uwe Johnson: „Jahrestage“.
Your favourite place in Kassel?
   Staatstheater.
What do you think annoys students most about your courses?

   Too many slides with very complex formulas. And my terrible handwriting.
Which fact about you could surprise students?
   With 15 semesters behind my belt before graduation, this Professor was a long-time student.
A research question you are currently working on? 
   What would happen if Germany introduced a general minimum wage?
Would you like to be the minister for economic affairs?
Why (not)?
   I wouldn’t, because politicians often have to act against their better judgment.
Why are the business studies professors so likeable?
   Because those have opted for science rather than moneymaking.

Guido Bünstorf

Your career aspirations as a first-semester student?
   Minister for economic affairs.
Recommended book?
   Thorstein Veblen: "The Theory of the Leisure Class" - Behavioural Economics from the 19th Century!
Your favourite place in Kassel?
   Bergpark.
What do you think annoys students most about your courses?
   Complex sentences with many foreign words. And my recommended readings.
Which fact about you could surprise students?
   At least those who have visited me during my office hours: I am, in fact, a very orderly person.
A research question you are currently working on?
   Are university dropouts better entrepreneurs?
Would you like to be the minister for economic affairs? Why (not)?
   No. As a researcher I can say what I really think is right and not what others want to hear.
Why are the business studies professors so likeable?
   They are interested in markets and businesses operating in them.

Astrid Dannenberg

Your career aspirations as a first-semester student?
   Nothing specific.
Recommended book?
   Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.
Your favourite place in Kassel?
   Bergpark and Vorderer Westen.
What do you think annoys students most about your courses?
   My temptation to address students who sit in the back of the room checking their phones.
Which fact about you could surprise students?
    I thought for a while about becoming a skiing instructor because I love the mountains and skiing.
A research question you are currently working on?
    Does “naming and shaming” also work for groups of people? How do climate negotiators assess the outcomes of the negotiations?
Would you like to be the minister for economic affairs? Why (not)?
    No. I’m happy where I am.
Why are the business studies professors so likeable?
    I really admire how they take care of their (many) students, do great research, contribute to the self-organization of the faculty, and are still fun to hang out with.

Björn Frank   

Your career aspirations as a first-semester student?
   Journalist.
Recommended book?
   Georg von Wallwitz: “Mr Smith und das Paradies: Die Erfindung des Wohlstands”.
Your favourite place in Kassel?
   Penone tree.
What do you think annoys students most about your courses?
   The “gradual formation of thought in the process of speech” (Kleist). And that there aren’t any video recordings yet.
Which fact about you could surprise students?
   I have published a few things under the pseudonym of Lillebjörn.
A research question you are currently working on?
   How did people think about game theoretic problems before game theory was developed?
Would you like to be the minister for economic affairs? Why (not)?
    No. I cannot memorize numbers very well and I prefer to immerse myself into specialized problems and questions instead of having a basic overview sufficient for appearing in talk shows. And because of the dress code.
Why are the business studies professors so likeable? 
   Because the best among them use microeconomic methods.

Reinhold Kosfeld

Your career aspirations as a first-semester student?
    At the time, studying was mainly an end in itself for me.
Recommended book?
   Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, David L. Weaver-Zercher: “Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy.“
Your favourite place in Kassel?
    I like the cycle path along the Fulda.
What do you think annoys students most about your courses?
    With a high (subjective) probability I would say the many statistical formulas.
Which fact about you could surprise students?
    … that I play the trumpet in a trombone band.
A research question you are currently working on?
    Which methods can be used to identify industrial clusters for regional politics and evaluate them with respect to their performance?
Would you like to be the minister for economic affairs? Why (not)?
    No. Although I am interested in current economic policy issues, I feel more comfortable doing empirical-analytical work.

Jochen Michaelis

Your career aspirations as a first-semester student?
   Studying was in end in itself, not a means to obtain an occupation.
Recommended book?
   Eugen Herrigel: Zen in the Art of Archery.
Your favourite place in Kassel?
   Rammelsberg.
What do you think annoys students most about your courses?
   Anyone who is looking for a great show with lots of multimedia, funny anecdotes and entertainment is rarely going to find this.
Which fact about you could surprise students?
   Would you have thought that your professor has repeatedly won the German championship in sport shooting and is currently a member of the national team in archery?
A research question you are currently working on?
   What would happen if financial policy lowered interest rates below zero?
Would you like to be the minister for economic affairs? Why (not)?
   No. I definitely prefer a room in an ivory tower to always having to put on a great show.
Why are the business studies professors so likeable?
   In practice, they can earn many times what we do, so they must be real scientists.

Sandra Ohly

Your career aspirations as a first-semester student?
   Clinical psychologist to help others…

Recommended book?
   Bill Bryson: A Short History of Nearly Everything.
Your favourite place in Kassel?
   Karlswiese in front of the Orangerie.
What do you think annoys students most about your courses?
   Too many slides!
Which fact about you could surprise students?
  
I am a great fan of the TV series “Tatort” apart from the one in Munster.
A research question you are currently working on?
   Why do people use smartphones for job-related purposes after work?
Would you like to be the minister for economic affairs? Why (not)?
   No. I definitely prefer learning and discovering new things.
Why are the business studies professors so likeable?
   
Why only business studies professors?

Rainer Voßkamp

Your career aspirations as a first-semester student?
   Teacher at secondary school (maths and physics)

Recommended book?
   Kehlmann, D. (2005) Measuring the World.
Your favourite place in Kassel?
   [N51°18‘40‘‘, N51°19‘10‘‘] x [O9°23‘10‘‘, O9°25‘30‘‘].
What do you think annoys students most about your courses?
   My dear friends: pi, e, ln, alpha, delta, del & friends.
Which fact about you could surprise students?
  
I am a good tractor driver..
A research question you are currently working on?
   What influence do socioeconomic, educational and motivational as well as emotional variables have on study performance?
Would you like to be the minister for economic affairs? Why (not)?
   Rather not. Maybe minister of education? But: cabinet meeting, Monday mornings at 8 a.m. (with … !) instead of a mathematics lecture? No, thank you.

Andreas Ziegler

Your career aspirations as a first-semester student?
   I think I still dreamt of becoming a football star, even though I was a very untalented player.

Recommended book?
  
Travel guides from Michael Müller Verlag.
Your favourite place in Kassel?
  
Vorderer Westen and the campus Holländischer Platz, of course.
What do you think annoys students most about your courses?
   My hectic pace, fast speech and impatience..
Which fact about you could surprise students?
  
That I am a longtime fan of FC Bayern München and nevertheless hope for Uli Hoeness to resign soon due to his unsocial crime.
A research question you are currently working on?
   Empirical analyses regarding the energy transition.
Would you like to be the minister for economic affairs? Why (not)?
   Well, being able to influence our energy policy a little bit would be nice…