The overarching theme of the Department's work is the application of methods from theoretical and empirical economics to the study of developing countries in general and South Asia in particular.

Research foci include determinants and characteristics of the process of economic development, specifically mechanisms and institutions by which markets differ between  low and high-income countries. In the empirical work, self-collected data is frequently used. The research agenda comprises two major strands:

Topics include the impact of growth on rural poverty in India, statistical methods for the parametric measurement of poverty and pro-poor growth, agricultural change and agrarian distress in rural India, mobile phones and labor market outcomes in rural South Africa, and the effect of income fluctuations on labor supply in South India's small scale fisheries.

  1. Credit and Microcredit in South Asia

    Topics include the role of credit groups for mutual insurance, cooperation and competition in credit groups, defaults and credit demand, cosigned loans, and the role of credit for the dissemination of new technologies.

  2. Measurement and Implications of Poverty

The Department contributes courses to the B.A. and M.A. programs in South Asian Studies and the B.Sc. and M.Sc. programs in Economics. Regular course offerings include:

  • "Introductory Economics", B.A. South Asian Studies
  • Course sequence "Development Economics", M.Sc. Economics and M.A. South Asian Studies
  • "Economic Development in South Asia", B.A. South Asian Studies and B.Sc. Economics
  • Seminars on selected topics in development economics










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