Call for Papers: Doctoral Workshop 2021

The Doctoral Workshop 2021 of the Research Group on Development Economics of the German Economic Association will be organized by Christian Lessmann from the TU Dresden and will take place from 16-17 September 2021 in Dresden or as an online conference. The workshop’s aim is to enable doctoral students to improve their research, advise them on the preparation of a refereed journal article, practice academic discussions and build informal networks.

Both theoretical and empirical studies are welcome by 19 July 2021.

Further information on the event and the Call for Papers can be found here.

2021 German Development Economics Conference

The annual conference on 17-18 June 2021 brings together international scholars and researchers of development economics and neighboring fields. Plenary sessions with keynote speakers and parallel sessions with contributed papers will reflect the current state of research in development economics and provide a forum for exchange for researchers and practitioners. Due to the COVID pandemic the event will be held fully virtual.

Keynote Speakers
Anandi Mani (Oxford University)
Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University)

Local Organizers
Dierk Herzer (HSU Hamburg), Jann Lay (GIGA Hamburg) and Rainer Thiele (IfW Kiel).

Selection Committee
Axel Dreher (Heidelberg University), Andreas Fuchs (University of Göttingen), Michael Grimm (University of Passau), Isabel Günther (ETH Zürich), Anke Hoeffler (University of Konstanz), Jann Lay (GIGA Hamburg), Matthias Schündeln (Goethe University Frankfurt) and Rainer Thiele (IfW Kiel).

Call for Papers
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Research of Members

Toman Barsbai, Dieter Lukas and Andreas Pondorfer. Local Convergence of Behavior across Species. Science (2021)
Credit: Brian Wood

We find that foraging humans forage, reproduce, share parenting, and even organise their social groups in similar ways as surrounding mammal and bird species, depending on where they live in the world. Our results imply that local environments exert a key influence on how foraging human populations and non-human species behave, despite their very different backgrounds. Local environmental conditions select for similar foraging, social, and reproductive behaviors across human foragers and non-human animals, driving behavioral diversity worldwide.

Further Information

Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Bradley Parks, Austin Strange, and Michael J. Tierney (2021). Aid, China, and Growth: Evidence from a New Global Development Finance Dataset. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Volume 13, Issue 2, Pages: 1–40.

China has become a major source of global development finance, but the nature and consequences of its official financing activities are poorly understood. The absence of systematic evidence and rigorous analysis on the economic growth effects of Chinese development finance represents a major blind spot in the literature. This article introduces a new dataset of official financing from China to 138 developing countries between 2000 and 2014. This allows us then to investigate whether Chinese development finance affects economic growth in recipient countries. The results demonstrate that Chinese development finance boosts short-term economic growth. An additional project increases growth by between 0.41 and 1.49 percentage points two years after commitment, on average. These effects persist across different aid sectors and appear to be driven by increases in investment and - to a lesser extent - consumption. While this study does not find that significant financial support from China impairs the overall effectiveness of aid from Western donors, aid from the United States tends to be more effective in countries that receive no substantial support from China. Overall, this evidence should allay some of the fears that policymakers have expressed about China acting as “rogue donor” that undermines the effectiveness of Western assistance.

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Post-Doc position (all fields) at Heidelberg University, Department of Economics

The Department of Economics at Heidelberg University is seeking to fill a Post-Doc position starting September 1st, 2021 or at the earliest possible convenience. Applications of any research area are invited, especially those working in one of the core areas of the department (Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Environmental Economics, Development Economics, Financial Econometrics, Macroeconomics, and Political Economics).

The submission of applications is possible until May 21st, 2021.

For more information about the vacancy, please click here.

Recruitment for Oxford research programme on the Future of Development

The Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Development at the University of Oxford is recruiting exceptional, effective and collaborative researchers to join an exciting new team which aims to contribute to the creation of jobs and economic justice in developing countries. The programme is seeking to appoint the programme leader as well as a diverse team of post-doctoral and junior researchers, with expertise in economics, development and related disciplines. The closing date of the application is May 12th at noon.

For further details, please see the announcement and the list of vacancies on the programme’s website.

Event Information

Call for Papers: Research Conference on „Sustainability in Global Value Chains“

The Research Conference on „Sustainability in Global Value Chains“, jointly organized by The Research Network Sustainable Global Supply Chains and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), will take place on 7 December 2021 and is part of the Forum on Globalization and Industrialization (FGI 2021) held on 6 December 2021. It aims to bring together empirical research on sustainability topics in global value chains.

The organizers welcome submissions of full-length papers using micro and macro analyses, as well as quantitative and qualitative approaches. Interested applicants can submit the extended abstract by 31 May 2021 and the paper by 30 July 2021.

Further details on the conference as well as on the submission of papers can be found here.

Spring/Summer Program for the 3D Seminar Series – Digital Development Dialogue

The new program for the 3D Seminar Series for the summer term 2021 is now available. The seminar is organized by Sarah Langlotz and Lennart Kaplan (University of Göttingen) and aims at bringing together two speakers – one researcher and one practitioner – to touch upon key topics in development policy with the goal of stimulating a meaningful dialogue across the theory & practice divide.

For further information, please click here .

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