Department of Economics

In Memory of Professor Stephan Klasen

Professor Stephan Klasen, Ph.D., holder of the Chair of Development Economics and Director of the Ibero-American Institute for Economic Research since 2003, died on October 27, 2020 at the age of 54 after a long and serious illness.
Stephan Klasen shaped his field, development economics, like no other in Germany and Europe. The emergence of modern development economics in Germany since the early 2000s is largely due to his commitment and work. By establishing diverse and cross-faculty cooperation and networks, he has significantly expanded development economics in Göttingen and enabled cross-disciplinary research. Today, Göttingen is Germany's largest and internationally most visible location for research on developing countries.
Unfortunately, we are losing our esteemed colleague, who was full of energy and ideas and was committed to the interests of his students, doctoral candidates and staff until the end, much too early. We will miss him. The Faculty of Economics and Business Administration will honor his memory. Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife and his four children.


New professorship for "Spatial Data Science and Statistical Learning"

The professorship for Spatial Data Analysis and Statistical Learning Processes is one of the digitization professorships funded by the state of Lower Saxony. In the summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2020/21 it will be represented by Prof. Dr. Philipp Otto, so that courses for students of the Faculty can already be offered. Philipp Otto has been assistant professor for "Big Geospatial Data" at the University of Hanover since 2018. His main research interests are in the field of data science in spatial statistics. In the coming winter semester, Philipp Otto will offer the introductory lecture in statistics in the Bachelor's programme as well as a seminar in statistical process control for spatio-temporal and network data in the Master's programme.


Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Informal Entrepreneurs in Uganda

Prof. Dr. Renate Hartwig (Chair of Development Economics/GIGA) and her colleague Tabea Lakemann from the German Institute for Global and Area Studies in Hamburg analyzed the impacts of Covid-19 on people and businesses in the informal economy in Uganda. These are companies that pay no taxes and are not registered. They have summarized the results in a short video.