About Me

I am Lecturer at the Department of Economics of the University of Mannheim, where I am cooperating with the Chair of Economic History (Prof. Dr. Jochen Streb).

My research focuses on the economic history of Germany in the 19th and early 20th century. In my dissertation, I analyzed the effect of economic controls and state interventions in the German steel industry during the Nazi period.  My current research focuses on the historical determinants of regional disparities in innovation, the evolution of German patent laws in the 19th century, and the economic consequences of the German division. Furthermore, I study cartels and business concentration. 

I hold a PhD (2013) in Economics from the University of Mannheim. During my doctoral studies I was visiting researcher at NTNU Trondheim. I completed my Master degree (Diplom-Volkswirt) in Economics at the University of Mannheim in 2008. During my studies, I worked at the Centre of European Economic Research (ZEW) and for a private bank (fund management).   

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University of Mannheim 

Department of Economics

L7, 3-5 68131 Mannheim


E-Mail: donges@uni-mannheim.de

Phone: +49 621 181 3428