Juniorprofessur für Entwicklungsökonomik
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J-Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer

Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3
Raum 2.146a
37073 Göttingen

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Tuesday 4-5pm

Tel. +49 (0)551 / 39-8170
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    Lehre Sommersemester 2016



    Selected Media Coverage

    Midline Survey of Gram Varta

    In spring 2016, the midline survey of the Gram Varta (GV) program was rolled out, exactly one year after the baseline survey. Gram-Varta_Midline2The midline survey included 25% of the baseline population, which translated into roughly 1000 households from 45 randomly drawn villages. In advance to the midline survey, the baseline questionnaire was rigorously reviewed, discussed and adapted to insights gained during baseline.
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    Monks, Gents and Industrialists

    We examine the long-run economic impact of the Dissolution of the English monasteries in 1535, which is plausibly linked to the commercialization of agriculture and the location of the Industrial Revolution. Monks_small Using monastic income at the parish level as our explanatory variable, we show that parishes which the Dissolution impacted more had more textile mills and employed a greater share of population outside agriculture, had more gentry and agricultural patent holders, and were more likely to be enclosed. Our results extend Tawney's famous "rise of the gentry" thesis by linking social change to the Industrial Revolution.
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    Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer: 2015 KfW Development Bank Prize for Scientific Excellence

    Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer, Chair of Development Economics ('Juniorprofessur'), has received the 2015 KfW Development Bank Prize for Scientific Excellence. Vollmer The prize was jointly awarded to Sebastian Vollmer and Dr. Kenneth Harttgen (ETH Zürich) for the paper "Association between economic growth and early childhood undernutrition: evidence from 121 Demographic and Health Surveys from 36 low-income and middle-income countries" published in The Lancet Global Health. The authors investigate the relationship between economic growth and childhood undernutrition. While it is a common belief that undernutrition diminishes in the course of economic growth, the authors find that economic growth does not automatically entail reductions in childhood undernutrition.
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