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 www.andreas-fuchs.net.


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 15 May 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 hicn2021@uni-goettingen.de. 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.


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.