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Prof. Dr. Rainer Thiele
Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Head of Research Area "Poverty Reduction,
Equity, and Development"
D-24105 KielScharnhorststr. 4
Federal Republic of GermanyD-24105 Kiel
Tel.: 0431/8814-215Federal Republic of Germany
e-mail: rainer.thiele@ifw-kiel.deTel.: 0431/804741
Date and place of birth:August 19th, 1963, Niebüll (Germany)
Marital status:Married, two children


 Academic Education and Professional Experience:

 1984-1990University of Kiel, Faculty of Economics
 June 1990Masters Degree in Economics
 May 1996PhD in Economics
 July 1990-June 2005Research Fellow at the Institute for World Economics, Kiel
 July 2005-December 2006Head of the Research Area "Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Development" at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy
 Since January 2007Managing Editor of the e-journal 'Economics'
 Since October 2007Lecturer at University of Kiel
 Since April 2009Head of the Research Area "Poverty Reduction, Equity, and  Development" at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy
 Since March 2010Adjunct Professor at University of Kiel

Main Fields of Work:

  • Pro-Poor Growth
  • The Role of Agriculture in Economic Development
  • The Informal Sector
  • Aid Allocation and Aid Effectiveness



Regular Lecture and Seminar on “Poverty, Inequality and Development” at University of Kiel

Recent Third-Party-Funded Research Projects:

Social Capital and Large-Scale Land Investments; International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science (May 2015-March 2017)

Tackling Poverty in a Development Context; EU Seventh Framework Program; Work Package Leader on Impact of Foreign Aid (April 2012-September 2017)

Large-Scale Land Acquisitions and Sustainable Development; BMBF (October 2011-May 2013)

Unlocking Potential: Tackling Economic, Institutional and Social Constraints of Informal Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa; IZA and Worldbank (November 2009-October 2011)

Driving Forces of Rural Poverty and Distributional Change in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Cases of Burkina Faso, Ghana and Uganda; DFG (September 2006-August 2008)

Consulting Experience:

Developing the G7 Agenda in Germany in 2015; commissioned by Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation (October 2014-December 2015). 

Development Prospects in Africa; commissioned by German Ministry for Development Cooperation (July 2015-August 2015).

Climate Change and Floods in Yemen: Impacts on Food Security and Options for Adaptation; commissioned by International Food Policy Research Institute (June 2011-December 2011)

Impact Evaluation of Development Projects: What Works and What Doesn't?; commissioned by Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (Nov. 2007 - Dec. 2007)

HIV/AIDS and Pro-Poor Growth in Rural Subsaharan Africa; commissioned by German Minstry for Development Cooperation (May 2007 – Feb. 2008)

Evaluation of the impact of coffee price shocks on household welfare in Uganda; commissioned by The World Bank (Aug. 2005 – Dec. 2005)

Country case study Bolivia in the Operationalizing Pro-Poor Growth (OPPG) project; commissioned by Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau and The World Bank (June 2004 – Dec. 2004)

Evaluation of the social impact of structural adjustment programs in Bolivia; commmissioned by Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (Nov. 2000 – Oct. 2002) 

Assessment of East Timor's economic and social situation and outlook; commissioned by Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung (April 2000 – July 2000)

Evaluation of IMF and World Bank structural adjustment programs; commissioned by Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (May 1999 - June 1999)



Agricultural Economics, Economica, Environment and Development Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, European Journal of Development Research, Finanzarchiv, International Economics and Economic Policy, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Inequality, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of International Development, Public Choice, Review of Income and Wealth, Review of World Economics, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, World Bank Economic Review, World Development, The World Economy


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