Chair of Development Economics (Prof. Fuchs)

Chair of Development Economics (Prof. Fuchs)

The Chair of Development Economics investigates policy-relevant issues in development economics from a predominantly political-economy perspective and with quantitative methods. We deal with questions of international development, trade and investment policy. The effectiveness of international development cooperation projects and government-led interventions and policies are a central object of investigation. We also analyze the economics of natural disasters, conflicts, migration, and international organizations. Regional foci of our research are Asia (especially China) and Latin America. Our teaching focuses on development economics from a macroeconomic and political-economy perspective as well as on development policy. Here we offer a comprehensive range of courses at Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. level. The chair holder is Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs, Director of the Center for Modern East Asian Studies (CeMEAS) and the Ibero-America Institute of Economics at the University of Göttingen. For more information about the professorship holder, please visit

New research project: “Coming to America: Immigration, Political Campaigning, and Polarization”

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding our research project "Coming to America: Immigration, Political Campaigning, and Polarization." The project is a cooperation with the Chair of International Economic and Development Policy at the Ruprechts-Karls-University of Heidelberg and the University of Western Australia. The project is funded for 24 months.

New Dataset on Refugee Resettlement in the United States (1975-2018)

The Refugee Resettlement Data 1975-2018 provide individual refugee data (1975-2008) obtained from publicly held records as originally recorded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement in tandem with a second geo-coded version that covers the 1975-2018 period. These datasets are a result of a collaboration between the Universities of Göttingen, Heidelberg and Western Australia. You may access the dataset here.

When using these data, please cite:

Dreher, Axel, Langlotz, Sarah, Matzat, Johannes, Parsons, Christopher and Mayda, Anna Maria (2020). Immigration, Political Ideologies and the Polarization of American Politics. CEPR Discussion Paper 15587.

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.