Dr. Simone Schotte


  • Short CV

    • Since 02/2019: Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER, Helsinki

    • 2014 - 2018: Doctoral student at the GIGA Doctoral Programme and the Georg-August-University Göttingen; World Bank (short-term consultant, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit)

    • 2014: Assistant Researcher at The World Bank, Europe and Central Asia Chief Economist Office (ECACE) in Washington DC

    • 2013: Intern at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) country office Brazil

    • 2012 - 2013: Student research assistant at the University of Göttingen, Chair of Development Economics, and the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies

    • 2012: Intern at the Institute for Applied Cultural Research (IFAK) Göttingen

    • 2011: Intern at the German-Chilean Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK) in Santiago de Chile

    • 2010 - 2011: Student research assistant at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Chair in International Economics, and the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IAW)

    • Studium: M.A. International Economics with specialisation in Development Economics at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil; B.Sc. International Economics and European Studies at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico

    Current Research

    • The link between class and political attitudes

    • Different approaches to defining the middle class

    • The labour market as a transmission channel from growth to household welfare outcomes

    • Ex-ante evaluation of alternative policy and growth scenarios to access their potential for poverty and inequality reduction

    Countries and Regions

    • Brazil

    • South Africa


    • Poverty, Social Mobility, and the Middle Class: The Case of South Africa

    Institut français des relations internationals | Interview | 01/02/2018

    African Middle Classes Beyond the Buzz


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