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Entwicklungsforschung / IEE

About us

The Chair for Development Research focuses in research and teaching on the causes of growth in developing countries and emerging countries. In addition, the chair works theoretically and empirically on welfare-economics-based procedures for evaluating development programmes and projects. Finally, the Chair for Development Research is responsible for the scientific and administrative management of the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) and the international cooperation projects based there, as well as for teaching in the IEE's Master's programme and PhD programme.

Team

Tania De Giorgio
Employee in administration and technology
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein
Chair of the department, Professor, Managing Director of the IEE
Dipl.-Ök. Britta Niklas
Scientific assistant, Coordinator South African German Centre for Development Research
Henrike Roth, M.Sc. (on leave)
Research Fellow, PhD Student
Dr. Elkhan Richard Sadik-Zada
Scientific assistant
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Teaching

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Teaching offers

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Principles of Development Economics (B.Sc.)
Vorlesung und Übung
3 contact hours
WiSe
A change in the provision with public goods affects the well-being of people. Under which circumstances can these changes be measured in monetary terms? Which methods from the CBAtoolbox are available to capture the damages of an oil spill, the advantages of nature conservation, the effects of the construction of a dam, or the impact of being protected from natural hazard? These and related questions will be discussed within the module. In a lecture (first half of the semester), students are introduced to the theoretical concepts of CBA. The knowledge gained in the lecture will be assessed in a Mid-term exam. Students then apply the CBA approaches by writing a seminar paper based on literature and real-world case studies (second half of the semester).
Cost-Benefit Analysis (M.Sc.)
Lecture and Seminar
3 contact hours
WS
The goal of the course is to familiarize students with the analytical models used to bioeconomic and epidemiological problems, and to develop an independent application of these models for economically meaningful decision making.
Mathematical Bioeconomics and Epidemics (M.Sc.)
Seminar
1 contact hours
SS, WS
The lecture delves into the underlying principles of the economics of the natural resources. After gaining an overview of the taxonomy of the natural resources, the students will be made familiar with the basics of the optimal control theory. The lecture contemplates both normative and positive economics of the nonrenewable natural resources such as fossil fuels and non-fuel minerals and renewable natural resources such as fisheries and renewable energy sources. To illustrate the relevance of the individual lecture blocks for the planning and management in the context of the sustainable resource management and environmental policies, each lecture ends with a discussion of a pertinent case study.
Economics of Natural Resources (M.Sc.)
Lecture
1 contact hours
SS, WS
Models of the Post-Keynesian Growth Theory (Harrod/Domar Model and Two-Gaps Model) and the neoclassical growth model are discussed in detail. In particular, the determinants “savings” and “population growth” are critically assessed as well as the interdependency of growth and capital imports and foreign trade, respectively. Another focus is set on the analysis of “technological progress” as growth determinant. Subsequent to the theoretical models, problem oriented topics are covered, concentrating on development financing, trade, financial crisis, human capital accumulation, HIV/AIDS and technological progress in developing countries.
Growth and Development Economics (M.Sc.)
Lecture and Tutorial
4 contact hours
SS

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Research

Research projects

Collaborative Project
EJD-MSCA ADAPTED
Single Project
Energy and Climate Policies
Single Project
Growth Modelling and Empirical Testing
Collaborative Project
UrbanFoodPlus

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Publications

Prices of Fairtrade Wine. with robin Back, Karl Storchmann and Nick Vink. Forthcoming in Journal of Wine Economics, 16(2).

Pricing Models for German Wine: Hedonic Regression vs. Machine Learning. Forthcoming in Journal of Wine Economics, 16.

(2021) with Wolfram Rinke: Pricing Models for German Wine: Hedonic Regression vs. Machine Learning. Forthcoming in Journal of Wine Economics, 16.

Prices of Fairtrade Wine. with robin Back, Karl Storchmann and Nick Vink. Forthcoming in Journal of Wine Economics, 16(2).

Pricing Models for German Wine: Hedonic Regression vs. Machine Learning. Forthcoming in Journal of Wine Economics, 16.

(2021) with Wolfram Rinke: Pricing Models for German Wine: Hedonic Regression vs. Machine Learning. Forthcoming in Journal of Wine Economics, 16.

Latest news

Exam Review "Growth and Development Economics"
September 27, 2022
Principles of Development Economics (WiSe 2022/23)
August 31, 2022
UPDATE: ENROLLMENT in "Cost-Benefit Analysis" (WiSe 2022/23) STILL POSSIBLE!
August 31, 2022
Entwicklungsforschung / IEE

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum

Room 2.04
Universitaetsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum

The chair belongs to the competence field:

CISE