Globalization of the world economy is an ongoing process which affects living conditions of most people in the world. Globalization research typically analyzes aggregate macroeconomic impacts on economies, mainly from the perspective of advanced economies. The impact of globalization on developing countries has been relatively less researched so far. Development research has rather focused on microeconomic issues, i.e., it is rich in institutional details of developing countries and often analyzes the behavior of individuals or villages but links them less systematically to the globalization process. Our Research Training Group (RTG) contributes to bringing the differing strands of globalization and development research closer together and thus to enrich research in a fruitful manner.
In short, we focus on how economic globalization - by flows of capital, labor and technology - affects individuals in developing countries and how they in turn respond and shape globalization. In more detail, we intend to connect globalization and development research in three ways, i.e., (1) by focusing on the transmission mechanisms between globalization and development at the individual and household level, (2) by studying the adaptation of households and institutions in developing countries to globalization and (3) by examining how these responses to globalization have repercussions on the globalization process itself. It is thus a common characteristic of our research program that analyses will go down to the individual or household level. Consequently, we develop, apply, and empirically test theories with micro foundations and study micro datasets providing information about individual and household responses.
The RTG is embedded in a large research environment focused on development economics and related fields due to its link to the Courant Research Center "Poverty, Equity, and Growth in Developing Countries" (Göttingen) and the DFG-Research Unit "Vulnerability in Southeast Asia" (Hannover). In line with the topic of this RTG, the group of applicants and even more the group of students will be truly international with about half of the students from all over the world. They will attend a specially designed course program, being complemented by field visits of all students and internships in institutions of development cooperation. Overall, this RTG builds on and extends a unique center of excellence for research in development economics in Germany with high international visibility.