Chair of Development Economics
Chair Holder

Chair Holder

Prof. Dr. Michael Grimm
Prof. Dr. Michael Grimm

Room ZB 158
Innstraße 29

Phone: +49 851 509 3310
Fax: +49(0)851/509-3312 Website Office hours:

Donnerstags 15-16h (Anmeldung erbeten)

Current and past positions

  • Professor of Development Economics, University of Passau, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Germany, since 2012.
  • Professor of Applied Development Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands, 2007-2012.
  • Guest-Professor, Paris School of Economics (MA in Public Policy and Development), France, 2009-2012.
  • Guest-Professor, University of Bordeaux, Department of Economics (MA Economie Appliquée), France, 2011, 2013, 2014.
  • J.-Professor of Development Economics, University of Göttingen, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Germany, 2003-2007.
  • Consultant, World Bank, Washington D.C., USA, Macroeconomics and Poverty Assessment Skills Program, 2003.
  • PhD student/Research fellow (allocataire de recherche) at SciencesPo Paris and at the Development Economics Research Institute DIAL with a fellowship of the French Ministry of Education, Research and Technology, 1999-2002.

Other affiliations

  • Research Fellow, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI), Essen, Germany, since 2016.
  • Senior Fellow, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany, since 2015
  • Affiliated Professor of Development Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, since 2012
  • Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany, since 2012.
  • Research Associate, Ibero-America-Institute of Economic Research, University of Göttingen, Germany, since 2007.
  • Research Professor, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin, since 2004.
  • Research Associate, Development Economics Research Institute DIAL, Paris, since 2002.
  • Staff Member, ‘Centre for Statistics’ (ZfS), Faculty of Mathematics, University of Göttingen, Germany, 2003-2007.


  • Ph.D. in Economics, SciencesPo Paris, 1999-2002.
    Dissertation title: Demo-economic behaviour, income distribution and development.
    Board of examiners: Didier Blanchet, François Bourguignon, Denis Cogneau, Philippe de Vreyer, Marc Gurgand and Stephan Klasen.
  • Visiting scholar at the Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques (INED), Paris, 1999 (5 months).
  • Master's Degree (D.E.A.) in Population and Development Economics, SciencesPo Paris, 1998-1999.
  • Master's Degree in Economics (Diplom-Volkswirt), University Frankfurt/Main. Fields of specialization: business cycles, economic growth, income distribution, public finance, statistics and econometrics, 1992-1997.
  • High School Graduation (Abitur), Claus-von-Stauffenberg-Gymnasium, Rodgau, Germany, Majors: Mathematics, Physics, German, Political Science, 1991.

Awards and fellowships

  • Best Practice Award. Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet), 2015.
  • Excellent reviewer award, Labor Economics, 2015.
  • USAEE/IAEE 2014 Best Paper Award “A First Step up the Energy Ladder: Low Cost Solar Kits and Household’s Welfare in Rural Rwanda” (co-authored with Anicet Munyehirwe, Jörg Peters and Maximiliane Sievert).
  • Nominated for a ‘Meritorious, Outstanding Optimistic, Driver for Learning Excellence’ in the category of ‘Best Decoder’, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2009.
  • Publication award of the University of Göttingen foundation, 2006.
  • Doctoral fellowship, French Ministry of Education, Research and Technology (Allocataire de Recherche), 1999-2002.
  • Graduate scholarship for a Master program, French Government and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 1998-1999.

Membership in networks and associations

  • Member of the Program Board of the Rotterdam Global Health Initiative (RGHI)
  • Member of the Board of the Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE)
  • Member of the ‘Growth and Equity’ knowledge platform at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands (2007-2012)
  • Member of the ‘Reference Group’ of experts to advise the Growth and Equity Programme at the Overseas Development Institute, London
  • Member of the European Development Research Network (EUDN)
  • Member of the American Economic Association (AEA)
  • Member of the Royal Economic Society (RES)
  • Member of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ)
  • Member of the German Economic Association (VfS)
  • Member of the Research committee for ‘Population Economics’ of the German Economic Association (VfS)
  • Member of the Research committee for ‘Development Economics’ of the German Economic Association (VfS)
  • Member of the editorial board of the Review of Income and Wealth (2009-2014)
  • Member of the Poverty and Economic Policy Network (PEP), Université Laval, Québec
  • Founding member and Advisory Board Member of the Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet), Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

Recent seminar and conference talks

  • University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • Development Economics conference, Bordeaux
  • CSAE conference, Oxford
  • University of RegensburgVienna Institute of Demography
  • European Development Network Conference, Paris
  • Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel
  • Leibniz University, Hannover
  • Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Aix-Marseille School of Economics
  • OECD Paris, Development Centre
  • Development economics conference, University of Bordeaux, Key-note Speaker
  • University of Maastricht
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Bordeaux
  • IZA-World Bank conference on Employment and Development, Delhi and Bonn
  • DIW Berlin
  • University of Göttingen
  • World Bank's Solutions4Work Conference
  • WIDER/UNU Conference on Inequality, Helsinki
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO), Genf
  • Wageningen University
  • Groningen University
  • INSEAD-ILO Symposium on Jobs, Abu Dhabi

Media Appearances

  • 19 Oct 2011, National TV Mali, Secteur Informel au Mali – défis et opportunités
  • 11 Sep 2014, The Broker, 'Small firms can create jobs!'.
  • 5 March 2015, Passauer Neue Presse, 'Auf Gesundheitsmission in Westafrika'
  • 10 March 2015, ARTE TV, 'Der Glanz der Schattenwirtschaft' / 'Les fabuleux bénéfices du Système D'
  • 11 March 2015, Offenbach Post, 'Aus Jügesheim nach Afrika'
  • 20 March 2015, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 'Gesundheit!'
  • 31 May 2015, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, 'Das afrikanische Wunder'
  • 6 June 2015, Radio Bayern 2, Das ist der Gipfel! G7-Countdown in Elmau
  • 6 July 2015, Bayerisches Fernsehen (ARD), 'Faszination Wissen'
  • 9 July 2015, 3Sat TV, 'Nano'
  • 10 July 2015, ARD Alpha, 'Der Glanz der Schattenwirtschaft (extended version)'
  • 27 July 2015, Radio Bayern 2, 'radioWelt'
  • 30 July 2015, Wirtschaftwoche, Bevölkerungsexplosion: Kann die Erde so viele Menschen ernähren? 
  • 1 September 2015, corporAID Magazin, 'Die goldene Mitte'
  • 21 February 2016, D +C Development and Cooperation (Magazine), ‘Debate on Industrial Policy’
  • 3 May 2016, ARD alpha, 'Planet Wissen - Bazaaristan'

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae


Professor Grimm's publications