Sebastian Becker studied at RWTH Aachen University and Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg with the subjects political science, macroeconomics and economic and social history.

Since November 2014 Sebastian Becker is working for the School of Business and Economics at RWTH Aachen as a research assistant. He is responsible for the scheduling process and applications for master's degree programs at the School of Business and Economics.

Since January 2015 Sebastian Becker has been working for the Teaching and Research Unit for Economics and Social History and History of Technology as a research assistant.

Sebastian Beckers research interests are public finance, budget consolidation, empirical economic research and energy economics.



Dissertation Project

„Einflussfaktoren kommunaler Haushaltskonsolidierung – Eine empirische Analyse“ (Working title, german)

The public budgets of German cities and municipalities have been in a desolate state for years. Although this process has been slowed down by the positive economic development of recent years, the total debt (both in the public and private sectors) increased by a further 13% between 2010 and 2016 and reached a total volume of 337 billion euros. This corresponds to a per capita debt of slightly more than 4.400 euros.

The research project investigates the underlying causes of this enormous debt and attempts to develop an optimal solution strategy in the course of a long-term and holistic empirical analysis with the help of which the deficit can be reduced in the future. The work focuses in particular on the influencing factors of budgetary control on the consolidation process.

Research Project

Technology-based Energy System Analysis (TESA) in the course of the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA)

In the course of the project house TESYS (Technology-based Energy System Analysis /, the Department of Economic, Social and Technological History is responsible for a subproject on the topic of global factors influencing the innovation and diffusion process of renewable energy technologies.

The focus here is on the interdependencies of political, technological, social and economic variables on the maturity of a new technology and its subsequent market penetration. This approach, known as STEPLE methodology, is applied in a long-term and holistic empirical analysis using the case study of Viktor Kaplan's hydroturbine. The aim of the research work is to identify general trends and counter-trends, as well as drivers and possibly inhibiting factors of innovation processes in the field of renewable energies, in order to draw conclusions about further developments in the course of the energy turnaround.



Winter Semester 2015/16

  • Bachelor seminar: The role of Germany in the process of European integration (assistance)
  • Master seminar: Technological Progress between economy and society (assistance)
  • Lecture: Economy, Society and Technological Innovation in Divided Germany (1939-1989) (assistance)

Summer Semester 2015

  • Master seminar: Big Business – Corporate culture in the USA (19./20. century)  (assistance)