Department of Economics

Department of Economics

Prof. Stephan Klasen receives an honorary doctorate from Jaume I University in Spain

Klasen Ehrendoktor

On April 19, 2018, Prof. Stephan Klasen, Ph.D. was awarded an honorary doctorate from Jaume I University in Spain at a ceremony in Castellón, near Valencia. The laudatory speech was given by Prof. Dr. Celestino Suárez-Burguet from the Institute of International Economics at Jaume I University. In particular, he emphasized Prof. Klasen's research contributions to poverty, inequality, and specifically, gender inequality in developing countries. He also spoke to Klasen's accomplishments in strengthening development economic research in Germany and his role as mentor and supervisor to over 50 doctoral students and young researchers.

Prof. Klasen also gave a speech titled “From #MeToo to Boko Haram: Some comments on the state of gender relations in the world”. During the ceremony, Prof. Alan Kirman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Aix-Marseille III and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, was also awarded an honorary doctorate.

Since 2003, Prof. Klasen holds the Chair of Development Economics of the University of Göttingen Faculty of Economic Sciences. His research covers the areas of poverty, inequality, environment, and gender in developing countries. He is also a member of the UN Committee on Development Policy, President of the European Development Research Network, and was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the 5th Assessment Report.


CHE master’s rankings: degree programmes of the Faculty were ranked high in the top and middle groups

In the current ZEIT Campus magazine publication, the ranking of the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) for master’s programmes at higher education institutes; the master’s degree programmes in economics of the University of Goettingen Faculty of Economic Sciences scored excellent results in the top and middle groups.

The ranking is based on the results of a survey of all participating faculties and departments as well as master’s students, which was conducted for the CHE 2016/ 2017 rankings. As with the undergraduate study programmes (see: the strong results in the CHE 2017 university rankings for business administration, economics, and business information systems -> Link:, the student population was generally very positive about the quality of their studies as well as the quality and offerings of the faculty. In addition to the quality of studies, the faculty’s degree programmes ranked very high in areas such as course offerings, relevance to careers, study support, transition to master’s studies, academic relevance, and IT facilities.

For the current rankings, CHE analysed more than 190 degree programmes at universities of higher education in both Germany and Austria. The master’s programmes were ranked in terms of 20 different indicators. In addition to the evaluation of students, fact-based indicators are included, such as the number of master’s students in a programme, or the international focus of a programme. The CHE university rankings is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking in the German-speaking world.

Further information about the ranking results can be found here (in German; registration required):
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Handelsblatt ranking: Holiger Strulik, top economist in the German-speaking world - Göttingen economics ranks number 6

Workshop internationale Wirtschaftsbeziehungen

Prof. Dr. Strulik, the Chair of Macroeconomics and Development at the Faculty of Economic Sciences, is now ranked as the top research-oriented economist in the German-speaking world, according to the new Handelsblatt ranking. In places 35 and 44 are respectively, Prof. Dr. Helmut Herwartz (Chair of Econometrics) and Prof. Stephan Klasen, PhD (Chair of Development Economics). Recent research was evaluated for the ranking, primarily publications in prestigious field-specific journals within the last five years. The ranking included 100 people.

For the ranking of overall research performance (“Lebenswerk”), the Göttingen researchers placed:

14: Holger Strulik
94: Stephan Klasen
106: Helmut Herwartz

250 researchers were evaluated for this overall research ranking. For more information on the ranking, click here (in German).

In the ranking of the best research faculties in economics, Göttingen placed number 6, up three places from the last evaluation in 2015. This ranking is based on the publications of individual researchers. In 2017, a total of 100 faculties were evaluated.

Every two years, the ETH Zurich, on behalf of the business newspaper, the Handelsblatt, produces a ranking of the top research economists in the German-speaking world. Publications from more than 3,000 researchers were evaluated, from those who conduct research in the German-speaking world or who come from the region but work abroad. The Economic Research Society considers more than 2,200 international journals, including all journals in the Econlit database of the American Economic Association.

The quality of journals is also evaluated. The publications are weighted differently depending on the quality of the journal, which are then summed. Further details on the methodology behind the rankings can be found here (in German).