Chair of Development Economics (Prof. Fuchs)

Chair of Development Economics (Prof. Fuchs)

Since September 2019, Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs is the new Professor of Development Economics at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. The chair investigates issues of development economics relevant to economic and development policy from a political economic perspective and with quantitative methods. The research focuses on international development, trade and investment policy with a special focus on emerging economies, especially China. In addition, the chair deals with the political economy of natural disasters, conflicts, migration and international organizations. The chair works with statistical-econometric methods and georeferenced data. Further information about the professorship holder can be found at

Current information related to the coronavirus

In light of the high coronavirus infection rates and the measures taken by the Federal Government and the Federal States, the Chair of Development Economics decided to not proceed with on-campus teaching at least until 1 March 2021. This means that all lectures, exercise sessions, tutorials, and seminars will take place exclusively online. Please see the syllabus of the respective course for details.

Please register for the respective courses in Stud.IP so that you can receive information on adjustments due to the corona situation in due course. Please also note the information page of the university.

Call for Papers: “Conflict, Migration, and Displacement“

The 17th Annual Workshop of the Households in Conflict Network will be hosted at the University of Göttingen from 11 to 12 October 2021. We are inviting submissions of (preferably) full papers or extended abstracts by May 31, 2021 (23:59 CET) to Authors will be informed about the final paper selection by June 30, 2021. Authors submitting extended abstracts will need to submit full papers by September 15, 2021. As in previous years, we also welcome creative and innovative papers analyzing violent conflict that do not directly address the annual theme. We are thus inviting papers on any topic within the empirical, micro-level analysis of the intersection of violent conflict and socio-economic development. Please see the Call for Papers for details.

Call for Applications

The Chair of Development Economics (Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs) at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is looking for a Student Research Assistant (f/m/d) (20-40 hours per month, initially limited to six months with possible extension). Please see the Call for Applications for details.

New research project on China in Africa with IfW Kiel

The Leibniz Association is funding the project “China in Africa: Exploring the Economic and Social Consequences” proposed by the Kiel Institute in cooperation with the University of Göttingen within the framework of the Leibniz Cooperative Excellence with almost one million euros over a period of three years. Under the responsibility of Rainer Thiele, scientists from several IfW research centers and, on the Göttingen side, the Chairs of Development Economics (Prof. Fuchs) and International Economic Policy (Prof. Kis-Katos) are involved. International partners in Africa and China participate as well. The project intends to examine the economic and social effects of the diverse activities of China in Africa in the area of bilateral trade agreements, development aid and Chinese migrant workers.

New Lecture Series: China's Economic Rise - Political Transformations in Asia and Beyond

The Centre for Modern East Asian Studies at the University of Göttingen and the Kiel Institute China Initiative are hosting a lecture series on China's economic rise from January to April 2021. The series is organized by Andreas Fuchs and Anja Jetschke and brings together leading national and international scholars. The series program is available for download here.

New dataset on political leaders and their regional and ethnic affiliation

In collaboration with Andreas Kammerlander (University of Freiburg), Kerstin Unfried (University of Göttingen), Axel Dreher and Charlotte Robert (both University of Heidelberg), Andreas Fuchs and Lennart Kaplan compiled a new global dataset on political leaders’ birth regions and ethnicity (Political Leaders’ Affiliation Database, PLAD, for 1044 leaders from 175 countries in the years 1989-2018). You may access the new dataset here and here.

In Memory of Professor Stephan Klasen

Professor Stephan Klasen, Ph.D., holder of the Chair of Development Economics and Director of the Ibero-American Institute for Economic Research since 2003, died on October 27, 2020 at the age of 54 after a long and serious illness.

Stephan Klasen shaped his field, development economics, like no other in Germany and Europe. The emergence of modern development economics in Germany since the early 2000s is largely due to his commitment and work. By establishing diverse and cross-faculty cooperation and networks, he has significantly expanded development economics in Götttingen and enabled cross-disciplinary research. Today, Göttingen is Germany's largest and internationally most visible location for research on developing countries. Unfortunately, we are losing our esteemed colleague, who was full of energy and ideas and was committed to the interests of his students, doctoral candidates and staff until the end, much too early. We will miss him. The Faculty of Economics and Business Administration will honor his memory. Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife and his four children.

Obituary of the Faculty of Economics

New DFG project at our Chair

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding our research project "Empirical Analyses of Emerging Donors in Development Cooperation." The research project is being carried out in cooperation with the Chair of International Economic and Development Policy at Heidelberg University. The project involves funding for 18 months.