Prof. Dr. Renate Hartwig

Research Fellow

  • Short CV

    • Since 08/2019: Assistant Professor for Development Economics at University of Göttingen and Research Fellow at GIGA Institute for African Affairs

    • 01/2016 - 7/2019: Chargé de Recherche, University of Namur (B)

    • Education: PhD in Development Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL); MA in Development Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL)

    Current Research

    • Family economics, social norms and marriage

    • Fertility and religion

    • Health and religion
    • Political representation, public policies and gender

    Countries and Regions

    Burkina Faso











    Prof. Dr. Renate Hartwig

    Research Fellow

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428

    Health Economics (United Kingdom) | 07/2022

    All Eyes on the Price: An Assessment of the Willingness-to-Pay for Eyeglasses in rural Burkina Faso

    Vision impairment is the most common disability worldwide. Yet, eyehealth remains an neglected aspect in many public health systems. In this article we assess the willingness-to-pay for eyeglasses in a resource-poor rural setting and give directions for policy and further research.

    Prof. Dr. Michael Grimm

    University of Passau

    GIGA Focus Africa | 4/2022

    Happy Ever After? The Marriage Market as a Source of Societal Instability

    There is a longstanding notion that young, unmarried men are a source of societal instability. The author of this GIGA Focus argues that the marriage market and gender imbalances in this market are important aspects to consider for understanding the reasons why young men gravitate towards violence.

    GIGA Focus Africa | 3/2021

    Challenging Trust in Government: COVID in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Even though many sub-Saharan African countries seem to have gotten through the corona-virus crisis relatively well until now, vaccine hesitancy and looming recessions pose ongoing challenges. The authors analyse how the pandemic affects trust in government's abilities to manage crises.

    Dr. Lisa Hoffmann

    Research Fellow

    Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies | 12/2020

    Indonesia under the New Normal: Challenges and the Way Ahead

    Prof. Dr. Robert Sparrow

    Dr. Teguh Dartanto

    Research Project | 01/10/2021 - 15/04/2022

    Investigating Supply & Demand Side Factors of a Massive Covid-19 Vaccination Drive: Experimental Evidence from Indonesia

    Indonesia is fighting one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Asia. On January 13, 2021, the country started one of the world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccination drives. The plan is to inoculate 181.5 million people – two third of the population – in 15 months using primarily the CoronaVac from China’s Sinovac Biotech. The vaccination campaign is ambitious and its success hinges on a number of supply and demand side factors which are subject to investigation in this project.
    DFG, 2021-2022

    Research Project | 01/04/2021 - 31/03/2025

    INFECTIONS in an Urbanizing World - Humans, Animals, Environments

    The Leibniz Research Alliance INFECTIONS promotes interdisciplinary research across several sections of the Leibniz Association. It focuses on the spread of antimicrobial resistant (AMR) microbes in an urbanizing society. This is a topical issue since a number of endemic infectious diseases are the leading cause of disease and mortality worldwide. In addition, humanity is increasingly challenged by emerging infectious agents that are often zoonotic in nature, such as the coronavirus outbreak.
    Leibniz Association, 2021-2025

    Speaker | 18/11/2020

    Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Informal Entrepreneurs in Uganda

    Workshop 18/11/2020

    Renate Hartwig presented her research based on an informal sector survey in Uganda in a high-level symposium with several Ugandan ministers.

    Speaker | 10/11/2020

    The Effects of COVID-19 on the Informal Sector: How Dangerous is it for Social Cohesion?

    Seminar 10/11/2020

    Moderator, Panelist, Panelist, Panelist | 15/10/2020

    Eradicating Poverty: Is COVID-19 Undoing the Progress Made?

    At this GIGA Talk, renowned international experts will reflect on past and current changes in poverty status around the world. A central aspect will be the question of how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting, and will continue to affect, poverty in different world regions, along with what can and should be done – both locally and internationally – in order to cushion the effects of this crisis.

    Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven

    Prof. Dr. Francisco Ferreira

    Dr. Isis Gaddis


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