The decision-making process is the cornerstone of the social sciences.

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To understand how decisions are made on an individual basis and the impact they have on collective processes is a key to understanding human behaviour and the effects they have on society.

The Graduate School of Decision Sciences provides an ideal educational and research environment through an open, communicative and research environment. Benefiting from this environment are doctoral students who deal with issues of decision making and its application to important social scientific problems. The Graduate School of Decision Sciences has been funded by the German Excellence Initiative since 2012.

The Graduate School of Decision Sciences was initiated with the concept to combine the perspectives of the individual social science disciplines, and from these intersections, gain a comprehensive understanding of human decision making and its economic and political consequences. Therefore, the Graduate School of Decision Sciences is fundamentally an interdisciplinary institution. Political science, psychology and economics are at the heart of the research being done, but the complementary disciplines of computer science, sociology and statistics also contribute significantly. In terms of content focus, the graduate school incorporates four closely integrated research priorities: behavioural decision making, intertemporal choice and markets, political decisions and institutions and information processing and statistical analysis.