Gerda Asmus 
Research Associate | PhD Candidate 

Alfred Weber Institute for Economics

University of Heidelberg 

Currently visiting UCSD

I joined the Chair of International and Development Politics as a doctoral student under the guidance of Prof. Axel Dreher in September 2015. Previously, I earned my master’s degree in public policy from Maastricht Graduate School of Governance.


My research focuses on development economics, political economy, and economic history. In particular, I like to make use of unintended natural experiments while using spatial data and estimation techniques.


Last visiting research stays: 

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel in 2018 and 2019

University of California San Diego, USA  since 2019