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Apl. Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

Lead Research Fellow

Head of RP 3

Short CV

  • 10/2015 - 10/2018: Acting Director of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs

  • Since 2015: Apl. Prof. at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

  • Since 2009: Head of GIGA Research Programme 3 "Socio-Economic Development in the Context of Globalisation"

  • 2009 - 2015: Junior-Professor at the Georg-August-University, Göttingen

  • 2007 - 2009: Head of Research Area ‘Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Development’, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany

  • 2002 - 2006: Research Fellow, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany

  • Since 2002: Various Consultancies for The World Bank, the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the OECD Development Centre (details of selected projects below)

  • 2002: Consultant, OECD Development Centre, Paris, France

  • 2001: Research Assistant, Instituto de Investigaciones Socio-Económicas, La Paz, Boliva

  • Education: Doctoral Studies at the Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany; Dr.rer.pol. (summa cum laude); Dissertation on ‘Evaluating the Poverty and Distributional Impact of Economic Policies and External Shocks Combining Macro and Micro Approaches: Three Case Studies from Latin America’; Master in Economics (Diplom-Volkswirt) at Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany; Undergraduate Studies at Otto-Friedrich-University, Bamberg, Germany; University of Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Spain; University of California, Los Angeles, United States

Current Research

  • Informal entrepreneurship in developing countries

  • Structural change and its poverty and distributional implications

  • Natural resources, economic development and conflict

Countries and Regions

  • Africa




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