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Goettinger Schule Development Economics Conference (June 2016)


From June 23-24th 2016, in celebration of the 50th birthday of Prof. Stephan Klasen, the University of Goettingen will host the Goettinger Schule Development Economics Conference.

The conference will bring together more than 150 participants from across the globe, with around 60 presentations in the field of development economics.
The participants also include many former doctoral students of Prof. Klasen, as well as his own doctoral supervisor, Prof. Amartya Sen, who will deliver the keynote lecture.

Prof. Klasen holds the Senior Chair of Development Economics, is the director of the Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research, coordinator of the Courant Research Center "Poverty, equity, and gorwth in developing and transition countries", and co-chairs the German Research Foundation's Research and Training Group, Globalization and Development (RTG1723).

Prof. Klasen came to Goettingen in the fall of 2003, and within a short time period, created an academic program which now holds the reputation as being one of Germany's top university research centers in the field of development economics. His work bridges academics with policy, and his Chair is engaged in numerous projects and consultancies with research and policy partners across the world, from Indonesia to Bolivia, and Washington, DC.

At the University, he lectures at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels - on courses giving both broad perspectives on poverty and development, as well as more advanced and technical insights. He also directly supervises BA and MA students' theses, and has supervised over 40 doctoral students since coming to Goettingen.

Portrait of the Department

The University of Göttingen is one of the most traditional universities in Germany. Moreover, the field of economic sciences at the University dates back to its founding in 1737. Today, over 20 professors and researchers from the Department of Economics work across faculties, at two institutes, and at two interdisciplinary centres.

Faculty from the Department of Economics also include the Chair of Economic and Social History and the Chair of Statistics and Econometrics. Chairs with an economic focus can also be found at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies Studies as well as at the newly created Courant Centre "Poverty, Equity, and Growth in Developing and Transition Countries".

In addition to economics, the Faculty of Economic Sciences includes 18 professors in the Department of Business Administration, comprising areas such as Business Administration, Business Information Systems and Business and Human Resource Education.