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Christa Brunnschweiler is an Associate Professor in Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics and an MA in Political Science from the University of Zurich.

Her research interests are in applied economics. She has mainly explored topics in economic growth and development, particularly in resource economics and conflict studies. She uses third-party data, archival information, and data from fieldwork, including RCTs, lab-in-the-field experiments, and survey experiments. Her work has been published in several journals such as Science, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, the Journal of Monetary Economics, Ecological EconomicsOxford Economic Papers, and World Development. One of her articles on the natural resource curse won the 2009 biannual Erik Kempe Award in Environmental and Resource Economics.

You may find further details on her work on her personal webpage.


PhD Supervision Interests

Christa is interested in topics involving mainly applied work (desk analysis or fieldwork) in economic growth and development, particularly in resource economics, conflict studies, and political economy. She is happy to advise theses that use macro-, microeconometric or behavioural approaches, and that combine theory with empirical applications. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth


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