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ECONtribute - Markets & Public Policy

The Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute conducts research on markets at the intersection of economics, politics and society.


  • Funded since 2019
  • Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences
  • Key Profile Area “Social and Economic Behavior”
  • Doctoral researchers: 60
  • Professors: 11
  • Relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10), Gender Equality (SDG 5), Quality Education (SDG 4)

ECONtribute is the only Cluster of Excellence in economics in Germany and is a joint initiative of the Universities of Bonn and Cologne with the participation of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.

ECONtribute conducts research on markets, focusing on the intersections of business, policy and society. The aim of the scholars and scientists is to better understand challenges such as global financial crises, increasing inequality and political polarization, and to make recommendations on how political decision makers can develop evidence-based responses.

ECONtribute is the only Cluster of Excellence in economics and related disciplines.


Prof. Dr. Pia Pinger
Research leader
Phone: +49 221 470 8304

Prof. Dr. Matthias Heinz
Research leader
Phone: +49 221 470 7263

Dr. Carola Braun
Phone: +49 221 470 76227

Lara Hölzer
Project manager D7
Phone.: +49 221 470 76228