Chair of Development Economics (Prof. Fuchs)

Chair of Development Economics (Prof. Fuchs)

From September 2019 Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs will be the new Professor of Development Economics at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. The Chair analyzes research questions of relevance for economic policy in development economics from a political-economy perspective and with quantitative methods. The Chair’s main research areas relate to development, trade and investment policies with a special focus on emerging economies and China in particular. The Chair also investigates the political economy of natural disasters, humanitarian crises, and international organizations. Further information about the new professor can be found at the Internet address

This website is under construction and will be updated at the end of September 2019 with detailed information on research and teaching.



Andreas Fuchs was born in 1982 in Bad Nauheim. From 2002 to 2008 he studied economics at the universities of Bamberg, Paris-Nanterre, Frankfurt and Paris-Dauphine. Subsequently, he worked as a research assistant for Prof. Dr. Axel Dreher in Göttingen and Heidelberg and received his doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) at the University of Göttingen in 2012. The title of his dissertation was "Political Determinants of Foreign Aid and International Trade of Emerging Economies."

From 2012 to 2013, Andreas Fuchs was a researcher at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in the United States. He went on to continue his work as a postdoctoral researcher at both the Research Center for Distributional Conflict and Globalization as well as at the Alfred-Weber Institute for Economics at Heidelberg University. During this time, the database "AidData's Chinese Official Finance to Africa Dataset", co-developed by Andreas Fuchs, was published and thus provided systematic information on China's development projects in Africa.
From 2018-2019 he was a Professor of Environmental, Climate and Development Economics at the Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg and at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW). In 2019 he accepted a position at the University of Goettingen to become the new Chair of Development Economics.

In addition, Prof. Fuchs is an associate member of the AidData program of the College of William and Mary, the Development Economics Committee of the German Economic Association (VfS), the European Development Network (EUDN) and the Committee on Economic Systems and Institutional Economics of the German Economic Association (VfS). He has also worked as a consultant for the Bertelsmann Foundation, the European Commission, and the OECD. His work has been published in leading international journals and has also been widely discussed in internationally renowned media (e.g., Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Financial Times, Spiegel, The Economist, and Washington Post).

The Chair of Development Economics, headed by Prof. Fuchs, examines issues relevant to economic and development policy from a political-economy perspective. The research focuses on international trade, investment and development policy with a special focus on China and other emerging economies (BRICS). In addition, the professorship deals with the political economy of natural disasters, conflicts, migration, and international organizations. The professorship works with statistical-econometric methods and georeferenced data.