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


Gefördert vom BMBF
Jutta Günther

Jutta Günther affiliated at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)

On April 10, 2019 the general assembly decided to affiliate Jutta Günther as a faculty member at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS).

Michael Rochlitz

Michael Rochlitz newly appointed professor of economics

Since April 01, 2019, Michael Rochlitz is professor of economics with the specialisation “institutional change” at the University of Bremen.

New release - Handbook of Political, Social and Economic Transformation, co-edited by project member Hans-Jürgen Wagener (Kopie 1)

The “Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation” brings together contributions from a wide range of researchers related to transformation research covering theoretical frameworks, research approaches, methods, historic waves and types of societal transformation.

Jutta Günther

Jutta Günther appointed as a member of the scientific advisory board of the Research Centre for East European Studies

In February 2019, Jutta Günther was appointed for four years as a member of the scientific advisory board of the Research Centre for East European Studies (FSO).

European Association for Comparative Economic Studies

HSE-EACES Workshop 2019

The International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development (ICSID) at Higher School of Economics in Moscow will together with the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES) organize the workshop on "Topics in Political Economy of Development".

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Does transition still impact the economic development in East Germany? – Job advertisement for a scientific position in a large research project

Nahezu 30 Jahre nach dem Zusammenbruch des Sozialismus und der „Wende“ sind in den Neuen Bundesländern technologisch hochmoderne Wirtschaftszweige und Infrastrukturen sowie eine leistungsstarke Wissenschaftslandschaft entstanden.

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