Chair of Development Economics / Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)
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Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer

Center for Modern Indian Studies
Waldweg 26, Altbau
Raum 1.117
37073 Göttingen

Department of Economics
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3
Raum 2.147
37073 Göttingen

Tel. +49 (0)551 / 39-8170
Fax +49 (0)551 / 39-20417

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    Teaching Winter Term 2016/17


    Selected Media Coverage

    Why do children become stunted?

    Most existing research on the association of parental education with childhood undernutrition focuses on maternal education and often ignores paternal education.Stunting 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.
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    Development Economics Conference - Göttinger Schule

    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.Klasen and Sen2 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.
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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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