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Entwicklungsforschung / IEE

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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.
Research Fellow, PhD Student
Dr. Elkhan Richard Sadik-Zada
Scientific assistant
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Christina Seeger
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Coordinator PhD IDS

Teaching

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Teaching offers

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
SoSe 2022
The course introduces students to policies for supporting economic growth, sectoral transformation and economic integration, which are presented as the main areas of development policy and which are analysed from a theoretical as well as from an empirical perspective. The lecture starts with some basic definitions and makes the students familiar with a number of indicators that are brought into play to describe developing countries’ economic and social realities and to derive development policy goals. This section puts particular emphasis on discussing the international comparability of popular development indicators, such as per capita income or the Gini coefficient. The second chapter uses a theory-based approach to describe the preconditions and mechanisms suspect to be responsible for the empirical fact that some developing countries are stuck in poverty while others dynamically grow. Functional and personal income distribution as well as poverty and their interplay with economic growth is studied in chapter 3. We investigate whether growth is good for distribution and/or for the poor, and how policies directed towards reducing income inequality may affect economic growth. Chapter 4 focusses on developing countries’ development strategies, distinguishes between balanced and unbalanced approaches to sectoral transformation and discusses strategic options such as globalisation, protectionism and regional economic integration as well as different types of domestic reform. The instruments available to donor countries to support the socio-economic progress made by developing countries are shortly presented and analysed in chapter 5. Chapter 6 takes stock and offers a brief evidence-based discussion, whether and to which extent the living conditions in developing countries have improved over last six decades.
Principles of Development Economics (B.Sc.)
Lecture and Tutorial
3 contact hours
WS
SoSe 2022
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 Bioeconmics and Epidemics (M.Sc.)
Seminar
1 contact hours
SS, WS
SoSe 2022
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
SoSe 2022
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

Growth and Development Economics in HZO 20 on 4 April 2022
April 4, 2022
Information on "Growth and Development Economics"
March 18, 2022
Informationen zu "Grundlagen der Wirtschaftswissenschaften" (SoSe 2022)
March 18, 2022
Entwicklungsforschung / IEE

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum

Room 2.04
Universitaetsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum

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