Chair of International Economic Policy

Chair IEP 2021
(And a more historical version ...)

Our research unit works on a range of issues related to international economic policy, using methods of applied empirical economics and linking macro policies and dynamics with micro data. Among others, we are interested in the effects of globalization, institutional change and conflict on socio-economic outcomes around the world.

We teach introductory macroeconomics (I and II) and selected courses at the bachelor level (alternating lectures on labor economics, international economic policy and urban economics). We teach labor economics as well as applied empirical courses at the master level (involving mainly paper reading and replication courses on empirical political economy, migration economics, trade and labor and other globally relevant policy issues).

Remembering Professor Stephan Klasen

It fills us with extreme sadness that our esteemed colleague, Stephan Klasen, has passed away. He shaped the field of German development economics more than anyone else over the last two decades, by defining research agendas, teaching and mentoring students, leading big research initiatives, and engaging in high-impact policy advice. His generous support of younger researchers but also colleagues helped to build a large and vibrant German development community. We were lucky enough to still get to know him and will cherish his memory.

The following video recording of Stephan Klasen's farewell lecture from November 2019 reflects on his academic life in his own words:

The paper on The Multidimensional Stephan Klasen Exposure Index: Why Wonder Woman Should Become a Postdoc and Wear White Socks with Sandals offers a nice personal tribute by his students that we invite you to read.

Finally, if you would like to leave a personal note or share a memory, our faculty homepage has established a page of condolences and memories.


We collaborate with the following research projects and research training groups:

Collaborative Research Centre 990: Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems (Sumatra, Indonesia)
with the project
C10: Determinants of regional patterns of deforestation and land use in Indonesia

RTG 1723: Globalization and Development

RTG 2654: Sustainable Food Systems

TVSEP: The Thailand-Vietnam Socio-Economic Panel