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 informal and semi-formal credit, labor, insurance, health, and program evaluation. In our empirical work, self-collected as well as secondary data are used.
Over the last few years we have been working on India's rural employment guarantee scheme, rotating savings and credit associations (ROSCAs), poverty targeting, and health insurance. Ongoing research projects focus on India's maternity benefit scheme IGMSY/PMMVY and the effect of social norms on women's behavior and welfare in the process of development.
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:
Prof. Klonner is also a teaching module administrator for undergraduate microeconomics in the Department of Economics (Alfred-Weber-Institut).
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