Department of Economics

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship for Dr. Elías Cisneros

Dr. Elías Cisneros has been awarded an EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (Global Fellowship). He is a post-doctoral researcher at the Chair of International Economic Policy (Prof. Dr. Krisztina Kis-Katos).

Within the next three years, Dr. Cisneros will conduct research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global deforestation dynamics in tropical countries at the Universities of Göttingen and Texas at Austin, USA. For detailed information about his research project, "From human to planetary health: Global land-use impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic", please visit

Individual Fellowships support the mobility of researchers within and outside Europe. The fellowship enables them to carry out a research project at one or more host institutions in or outside Europe. There are two types of Individual Fellowships: the European Fellowship (mobility within/to Europe) and the Global Fellowship (mobility outside Europe with a mandatory 12-month return phase to Europe).

Dr. Elías Cisneros
Chair of International Economic Policy


Science podcast with Professor Sebastian Vollmer

Professor Sebastian Vollmer (Chair of Development Economics/ CeMIS) participated in a science podcast about how to measure the broader impacts of healthcare:

The synergistic linking of increasing health and wealth is broadly accepted - it's an integral part of the thinking between the Sustainable Development Goals, and the World Bank's call for universal healthcare as a way of boosting a country's economy. But the quantification of that link - the extent to which a particular health intervention, has broader economic impacts, is actually pretty poorly understood. In the podcast, Sebastian Vollmer and his colleagues from several international universities explain, how we could measure those impacts at the same time we measure clinical efficacy.
Sebastian Vollmer and his colleagues also have published a paper about this topic that you can find 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 Göttingen 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.