Chair of Development Economics (Prof. Fuchs)

Chair of Development Economics (Prof. Fuchs)

The Chair of Development Economics investigates policy-relevant issues in development economics from a predominantly political-economy perspective and with quantitative methods. We deal with questions of international development, trade and investment policy. The effectiveness of international development cooperation projects and government-led interventions and policies are a central object of investigation. We also analyze the economics of natural disasters, conflicts, migration, and international organizations. Regional foci of our research are Asia (especially China) and Latin America. Our teaching focuses on development economics from a macroeconomic and political-economy perspective as well as on development policy. Here we offer a comprehensive range of courses at Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. level. The chair holder is Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs, Director of the Center for Modern East Asian Studies (CeMEAS) and the Ibero-America Institute of Economics at the University of Göttingen. For more information about the professorship holder, please visit

Current information related to the coronavirus

In light of the high coronavirus infection rates and the measures taken by the Federal Government and the Federal States, the Chair of Development Economics decided to not proceed with on-campus teaching at least until 15 May 2021. This means that all lectures, exercise sessions, tutorials, and seminars will take place exclusively online. Please see the syllabus of the respective course for details.

Please register for the respective courses in Stud.IP so that you can receive information on adjustments due to the corona situation in due course. Please also note the information page of the university.

New Dataset on Refugee Resettlement in the United States (1975-2018)

The Refugee Resettlement Data 1975-2018 provide individual refugee data (1975-2008) obtained from publicly held records as originally recorded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement in tandem with a second geo-coded version that covers the 1975-2018 period. These datasets are a result of a collaboration between the Universities of Göttingen, Heidelberg and Western Australia. You may access the dataset here.

When using these data, please cite:

Dreher, Axel, Langlotz, Sarah, Matzat, Johannes, Parsons, Christopher and Mayda, Anna Maria (2020). Immigration, Political Ideologies and the Polarization of American Politics. CEPR Discussion Paper 15587.

Call for Papers: “Conflict, Migration, and Displacement“

The 17th Annual Workshop of the Households in Conflict Network will be hosted at the University of Göttingen from 11 to 12 October 2021. We are inviting submissions of (preferably) full papers or extended abstracts by May 31, 2021 (23:59 CET) to Authors will be informed about the final paper selection by June 30, 2021. Authors submitting extended abstracts will need to submit full papers by September 15, 2021. As in previous years, we also welcome creative and innovative papers analyzing violent conflict that do not directly address the annual theme. We are thus inviting papers on any topic within the empirical, micro-level analysis of the intersection of violent conflict and socio-economic development. Please see the Call for Papers for details.

New dataset on political leaders and their regional and ethnic affiliation

In collaboration with Andreas Kammerlander (University of Freiburg), Kerstin Unfried (University of Göttingen), Axel Dreher and Charlotte Robert (both University of Heidelberg), Andreas Fuchs and Lennart Kaplan compiled a new global dataset on political leaders’ birth regions and ethnicity (Political Leaders’ Affiliation Database, PLAD, for 1044 leaders from 175 countries in the years 1989-2018). You may access the new dataset here and here.