The lecture series Working in International Development – Field Experiences from Practitioners targets students from Development Economics, International Economics and students from other fields that seek a closer look at international development cooperation. By using specific projects in developing countries as examples, the lecture series offers unique insights into the entire project work of development cooperation, including the initiation of projects, their implementation in the field, as well as their evaluation. Interested audience is thus given the opportunity to take a closer step towards the professional field of international development cooperation and the thematic and methodological discussions involved.
Most existing research on the association of parental education with childhood undernutrition focuses on maternal education and often ignores paternal education. We systematically investigate differences in maternal and paternal education and their association with childhood undernutrition. Using 180 Demographic and Health Surveys from 62 countries covering the years 1990 to 2014, we show that both higher maternal and paternal education levels are associated with lower childhood undernutrition, with maternal education being the stronger determinant in specifications failing to adjust for household wealth and local area characteristics. However, when these controls are introduced, the observed differences are strongly attenuated or disappear entirely. Our results suggest that paternal education is similarly important for reducing childhood undernutrition as maternal education and should therefore receive increased attention in the literature.
On June 23rd and 24th, more than 150 development economists from all over the world gathered in Göttingen to celebrate the 50th birthday of Stephan Klasen. The celebration took place in Pauliner Church in form of a two-day conference covering a broad range of topics in development economics such as gender, education and agriculture. All of Klasen's former and current PhD students, and many collaborators and friends were invited to participate.