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Economic Discussion 2022

The RWI-Economic Discussion 2022 took place on November 29 2022, at 6pm at the RWE Pavillon within the Philharmonie Essen, with freindly support by the NRW.Bank.

Details and the program are summarized in the Flyer.

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Flyer und Program

Videos of the discussions on Youtube:

Debatte 1: Digital conscience is not matter of luxury

PRO: Claudia Nemat, Board member deutsche Telekom

CONTRA: Alena Haub, Student of biology, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Debatte 2: We havo to work more and longer

PRO: Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Christoph M. Schmidt, President of the RWI

CONTRA: Christopher Gack, Analyst at Thoughtworks Deutschland

Debatte 3: It should not be permitted to make profits from assisted suicide

PRO: Prof. Dr. Christiane Woopen, Professor for Ethics at Bonn Univeristy 

CONTRA: Angélique Herrler, Doctoral student in „Interdisciplinary Program Health Sciences”


Ansprechpartnerin für die Veranstaltung

Sandra Frommhold

Since 1997, the "RWI Economic Discussion" has brought together representatives from business, science and politics each year to discuss current economic policy issues. The event is organized by the Society of Friends and Sponsors of RWI together with RWI. Since 2019, an innovative event concept is established with "3x3: 3 Celebrities, 3 Topics, 3 Challengers."

The sponsoring society also presents annual awards at the Wirtschaftsgespräch for outstanding academic achievements at RWI that have made a significant contribution to RWI in one of the three areas - research, promotion of young researchers, and economic policy advice - and have thus contributed to the institute's reputation.


The RWI Economic Discussion 2021 took place on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 6 p.m. as a live stream from the Oktogon at Zeche Zollverein.



Flyer and program

Videos der Veranstaltung auf YouTube:

Debatte 1: Soll das Ehegattensplitting abgeschafft werden?
PRO: Dr. Nicola Brandt, Leiterin des OECD Berlin Centre
CONTRA: Jonas Frey, Doktorand in „Philosophy in Finance“ an der Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Debatte 2: Der Mathematik-Unterricht in der Grundschule gehört abgeschafft
PRO: Katharina Schüller, Vorständin der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Statistik und Geschäftsführerin von Stat-Up
CONTRA: Jan-Gunther Gosselke, Master of Arts in “Banking and Finance”

Debatte 3: Nein zur Erhöhung der Pendlerpauschale – ein Ausgleich der CO2-Bepreisung muss anders erfolgen
PRO: Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Christoph M. Schmidt, Präsident RWI und Professor an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum
CONTRA: Chiara Throner, Studentin der Allgemeinen Rhetorik, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

RWI Economic talk 2019

RWI Wirtschaftsgespräch 3x3: 3 celebrities, 3 topics, 3 challengers

The RWI Business Talk 2019 took place on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the RWE Pavillon of the Philharmonie Essen(see invitation flyer).

This year we tested an innovative event concept with "3x3: 3 celebrities, 3 topics, 3 challengers". In doing so, we brought the arguments on three current economic policy topics to the fore. Three prominent representatives from the worlds of science and business took on the questions and opinions circulating in the public debate - brought to a head by three representatives of the Association of Debating Clubs at Universities. For the professional debaters, their own position did not matter; the only thing that counted was good argumentation and debate with the arguments of the opposing side. The student debaters thus brought their expertise in the art of argumentation to the podium, and the prominent guests their specialist knowledge of the subject matter of the debate. We would like to thank our partners and sponsors Sparkasse Essen and WAZ for supporting the event!

During the event, the "Prizes for Outstanding Scientific Work at RWI" were also awarded by the Society of Friends and Sponsors of RWI. A list of the award winners can be found at friends and sponsors.



This year's "RWI Economic Discussion" will take place on November 11, 2021. Details will be published on this page at a later date.