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, 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

Menusch Khadjavi, Kacana Sipangule Khadjavi, and Rainer Thiele (2021). Social Capital and Large-Scale Agricultural Investments: An Experimental Investigation. The Economic Journal, Volume 131, Issue 633, Pages 420–449

Following the 2007–2008 global food crisis, agricultural producers have invested in large tracts of land in developing countries. We investigate how the arrival of large-scale farms changes inter-personal trust and reciprocity, important components of social capital, in traditional Zambian villages. Using experimental methods, we elicit trust and reciprocal behaviour in villages that lie near large-scale farms and compare them with control villages at a distance. Our data reveal greater trust in villages close to large-scale farms, which is in line with communal coping as a response to the arrival of the large farms. Reciprocity is more frequent after farm employment, which points to reputation building.  

Further Information

Danzer, Alexander M., Robert Grundke (2020). „Export price shocks and rural labor markets: The role of labor market distortions.” Journal of Development Economics, 2020, Volume 145, 102464
Interview with a group of field workers in the Konibodom district in northern Tajikistan
© Robert Grundke

Can workers in developing countries take advantage of trade? Alexander M. Danzer (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt) and Robert Grundke (OECD) answer this question by using fluctuations in the world market price for cotton and identifying the effects of higher export prices on the wages of poor agricultural workers in the cotton harvest, using the example of Tajikistan. The increased demand for workers during the high price episode doubles wages for cotton pickers on small private farms, but has no impact on wages on large parastatal farms. The different treatment of workers is due to market power and the continued use of coerced labor in large companies during the cotton harvest, not least of school children and university students. The research concludes that trade produces winners and losers based on the political power relations between local decision makers and managers of parastatal farms.

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Vacancies

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.

Junior Researcher (doctoral student) in International Finance/International Political Economy at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) is inviting applications for a Junior Researcher (doctoral student) in International Finance / International Political Economy for research on China’s overseas lending and/or the geopolitics of international capital flows. The researcher will be based in Kiel (with the option to live in Hamburg or commute from elsewhere), and join our research center “International Finance and Macroeconomics”.

For further information, please click here.


Event Information

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, 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.

Call for Papers: 14th Annual Conference on the Political Economy of International Organization (PEIO)

The 14th Annual Conference on the Political Economy of International Organization (PEIO) is hosted by Oxford University on January 13-15, 2022, bringing together economists and political scientists to address political economy issues related to international organizations.

The organizers are inviting submissions of both empirical and theoretical papers by September 30, 2021; submissions on topics more broadly related to international organization (e.g., foreign aid or international law) will also be considered.

Further details can be found here and on the conference website.

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