Gerda Asmus · Bluhm
University of Hohenheim

I am an Assistant Professor (Akademische Rätin) at the University of Hohenheim. I am also a senior researcher at the economics department of Goettingen University for the project Economic and Ideological Causes of Political Radicalization and Violence. I completed my dissertation "Essays in Political Economy - Historical Natural Experiments and Economic Development" at Heidelberg University (October 2022).

My research is at the intersection of political economy, economic history, and development economics. Within these broad fields, I study critical junctures such as democratization, the consolidation of imperial power, or the end of colonialism. In particular, I focus on the response of the state or people to successful and unsuccessful revolts. I approach these topics by employing natural (historical) experiments making use of state-of-the-art micro-econometric methods involving spatial data and identification techniques.

Last visiting research stays: 

University of California San Diego, the USA  2019-2022 

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 2018/2019

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