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Obstacles to Modernization in the Economy and Science of the GDR (Mod-Block-DDR)

Emergence and Consequences - an inner-German comparison and a comparison to neighbouring countries in Central Eastern Europe

Information about the project

In the year 2017, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) published the call for project proposals in the field of “GDR Research” in order to support social scientific research about the “heritage of socialism” in the German university landscape and to strengthen the research structure in this field of expertise on a competitive basis.

The research consortium “Hurdles to modernisation in the economy and science in the GDR” (Mod-Block-DDR) was selected for funding as one out of 14 projects in total. The project will run empirical and comparative analyses focusing on the question in how far the hurdles to modernisation in the GDR impact the economic development and structures of East Germany until today. Four universities in Germany together with their international cooperation partners participate in the research consortium. Jutta Günther from the University of Bremen, Faculty of Business Studies and Economics, is head of the interdisciplinary research team. Young researchers are actively participating in the research and will be promoted through a PhD or postdoc career. Further, the results of the research will be disseminated broadly in the scientific community, policy, economy and general public. Especially the transfer of new knowledge about the GDR into society will be paid special attention.

The consortium started its work on December 01, 2018 and will be supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in a first stage until the year 2022.

In the context of the research project and in order to strengthen sustainable research structures, the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics of the University of Bremen filled a professorship position in economics with the specialisation “Institutional Change”. This newly established professorship is an additional action, financed by the University of Bremen and will work in close cooperation with the research consortium on complementary topics. It will particularly engage in research about institutional factors, which impact the economic catching-up process in transition economies until today.

Press release of the BMBF

Press release of the University of Bremen


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Jarina Kühn

Jarina Kühn: Successful proposal defense in the BIGSSS

On June 09, 2020, Jarina Kühn successfully defended her PhD proposal in the BIGSSS. As a PhD student at the Bremen International Graduate School for Social Sciences (BIGSSS) she has thus passed an important milestone.

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Mod-Block-DDR starts online colloquium

As a result of the restrictions due to Covid-19, the research consortium Mod-Block-DDR also has no possibility to hold regular working and consortium meetings with physical presence. We regret this very much, but would like to use the benefits of technical progress to maintain scientific exchange…

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Charlotta Cordes: Sucessfull Defense in the BIGSSS

On 12 May 2020, Charlotta Cordes successfully defended her PhD proposal in the BIGSSS. She has thus passed an important milestone as a PhD student at the Bremen International Graduate School for Social Sciences (BIGSSS).

Charlotta Cordes is a research associate in the joint project Mod-Block-DDR…

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Thore Sören Bischoff visits Bremen as a guest researcher

From February 3 to 7, 2020, Thore Sören Bischof will visit the working group "Innovation and Structural Change" in the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics. During this time, he will work with Ann Hipp on an empirical paper analyzing the influence of informal institutions on innovation. This…

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Blick auf das Zeitgeschichtliche Forum in Leipzig

"The GDR - Perspectives of their Research 30 Years after the Peaceful Revolution" - Meeting of the Research Projects in Leipzig

On 11th and 12th December 2019, the 14 research projects financed under the BMBF's "GDR Research" funding line met in Leipzig to presented their work and exchange information on activities in the field of transfer and the promotion of young researchers. Four representatives of the "Mod-Block-DDR"…

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Michael Rochlitz together with his two colleagues Rebecca Maurer and Olga Masyutina

Inaugural lecture by Michael Rochlitz

On December 5, Michael Rochlitz, Professor of Economics, especially Institutional Change, gave his inaugural lecture at the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics of the University of Bremen. He gave a broad overview of his current research on the relationship between political institutions and…

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Jarina Kühn

Jarina Kühn takes part in the Qualiservice user workshop

On 14 and 15 November 2019, Jarina Kühn attended a user workshop of Qualiservice. Qualiservice is an accredited research data centre for qualitative social science research data in the SOCIUM (Research Centre for Inequality and Social Policy) of the University of Bremen, supported by the DFG (German…

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Jarina Kühn und Dr. Anna M. Steinkamp

Presentation by Anna Steinkamp and Jarina Kühn on entrepreneurial habitus in the workshop "East German Crisis Experiences and their Consequences" at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

On 8 and 9 November 2019, the workshop "East German Crisis Experiences and their Consequences" took place in Göttingen. To mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, scientists from various disciplines presented a range of topics on the effects of transformation: life satisfaction and…

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Regional Studies Association

Ann Hipp has participated in the conference on resilience and transformation research at HTWK Leipzig

From 06 to 07 November 2019, an international conference of the Regional Studies Association took place in Leipzig. Ann Hipp has participated in the conference by presenting current research results from the Mod-Block-DDR project. The Regional Studies Association hosted a workshop about „Future…

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30 Years of the Fall of the Wall - Jutta Günther as studio guest at "buten un binnen"

On the occasion of the event "30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall" the Bremen regional TV magazine "buten un binnen" dealt with the question of the social and economic integration of East and West Germany. Jutta Günther was invited as a studio guest and answered the questions of the…

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