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Prof. Dr. Matthias Busse
Chair of International Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Management and Economics

Field(s) of competence: 



GD 03/325

Office hours:

By arrangement


GD 03/325

Office Hours

By arrangement

Current Positions

since 2009
Professor and Holder of the Chair of International Economics, Faculty of Management and Economics, Ruhr- University Bochum
since 2009
Director at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum
since 2023
Dean of the Faculty of Management and Economics, Ruhr-University Bochum

Research focus

Regionalism and regional trade policy
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and multinational corporations
Institution building in developing countries

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Talea Bernatzki, Matthias Busse and Ruth Hoekstra,

Promoting Rwanda’s Business Environment: Impact of Reforms and Drivers of Change, Development Policy Review, Vol. 40 (2022), No.2, e12578.


Matthias Busse, Ceren Erdogan and Henning Mühlen

Structural Transformation and its Relevance for Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, Review of Development Economics, Vol. 23 (2019), No.1, pp. 33-93


Emma Aisbett, Matthias Busse and Peter Nunnenkamp, Bilateral Investment Treaties as Deterrents of Host-country Discretion: The Impact of Investor-state Disputes on Foreign Direct Investment in Developing Countries, Review of World Economics, Vol. 154 (2018), No. 1, pp 119–155


Matthias Busse, Ruth Hoekstra and Robert Osei

The Effectiveness of Aid in Improving Regulations – An Empirical Assessment, South African Journal of Economics, Vol. 85 (2017), No. 3, pp. 368-385


Matthias Busse, Ceren Erdogan and Henning Mühlen

China's Impact on Africa – The Role of Trade, FDI and Aid,  Kyklos, Vol. 69 (2016), No. 2, pp. 228–262


Matthias Busse, Jens Königer

Trade and Economic Growth: A Re-examination of the Empirical Evidence, Economics Bulletin, Vol. 35 (2015), No. 4, pp. 2862-2876

Research projects

Globalization and Industrialization
Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment
Regional Integration in Sub-Saharan Africa
Institution Building and Good Governance in Developing Countries