The Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research was founded in 1964 by the German Ibero-America Foundation in Hamburg in agreement with the Faculty of Economics at the University of Göttingen. The Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Lower Saxony expressly welcomed the establishment of the Ibero-America Institute. The initial equipment and running costs for the first 5 years were covered by the Volkswagen Foundation; since 1969, the running costs have been covered by the University of Göttingen.

Aims of the Institute at the time of its foundation: The Ibero-America Institute is to conduct economic research on Ibero-American development problems in close cooperation with economists and economic policy institutions in Ibero-America, if necessary by research teams with representatives from other disciplines; furthermore, a training program for Ibero-American specialists was planned. This task was to be carried out in the following manner:

  1. Promotion of Ibero-American studies with local scientists at the Göttingen Institute
    1. Foreign guests had the opportunity to learn about the economic development of Europe and Germany
    2. Göttingen students were familiarized with the economic and social problems of Latin America
  2. Running Ibero-American studies
  3. Establishment of a library with Ibero-American literature: start-up financing was provided by the Volkswagen Foundation from 1964-1969
  4. Lectures and lecture series, seminars and exercises dealing with Ibero-American problems

The library of the Ibero-America Institute was integrated into the Economics and Social Sciences Library (WiSo-Bibliothek) of the University of Göttingen in 2004.
  1. Currently, the Institute's library contains approximately 50,000 volumes dealing with economic and social issues concerning Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. The Institute's library is stocked with about 400 German and foreign magazines, series and newspapers. Of these, about 30 magazines come from various UN organizations, the IMF, the World Bank, the OECD and the EU.
  2. http://www4.sub.uni-goettingen.de → ‘individual catalogues of the local Göttingen library system’ →’Bibliotheken der wirtschafts- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultäten’ → ‘Ibero-Amerika Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung’

Head of the Ibero-America Institute/Directors of the Ibero-America Institute:
  • 1964-1969: Prof. Dr. Erich Egner (Founding Director)
  • 1969-1990: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Helmut Hesse
  • 1988-1992: Dr. Rolf Schinke (Provisional management of the institute)
  • 1992-2003: Prof. Dr. Hermann Sautter
  • 2003-2020: Prof. Dr. h.c. Stephan Klasen, Ph.D.
  • Seit 2020: Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs

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