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Globalization and Development, Ph.D.

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  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Göttingen, Germany
Globalization of the world economy is an ongoing process which affects living conditions of most people in the world. Globalization research typically analyzes aggregate macroeconomic impacts on economies, mainly from the perspective of advanced economies. The PhD Degree in Globalization and Development is offered by Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
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  • The impact of globalization on developing countries has been relatively less researched so far. Development research has rather focused on microeconomic issues, i.e., it is rich in institutional details of developing countries and often analyzes the behavior of individuals or villages but links them less systematically to the globalization process.

In short, we focus on how economic globalization - by flows of capital, labor and technology - affects individuals in developing countries and how they in turn respond and shape globalization. In more detail, we intend to connect globalization and development research in three ways, i.e., 

  •  by focusing on the transmission mechanisms between globalization and development at the individual and household level, 
  •  by studying the adaptation of households and institutions in developing countries to globalization and 
  •  by examining how these responses to globalization have repercussions on the globalization process itself. It is thus a common characteristic of our research program that analyses will go down to the individual or household level.

Consequently, we develop, apply, and empirically test theories with micro foundations and study micro datasets providing information about individual and household responses.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research Projects 

  • P1: Measurement and methods
  • P2: Private capital flows
  • P4: Official capital flows (aid)
  • P6: Migration and terrorism
  • P7: Drug production and consumption
  • P8: Inequality and globalization
  • P9: Values and well-being
  • P10: Poverty and demography
  • P11: Family, labor, and education
  • P12: Distances, technologies, and development
  • P14: Taxation, economic development, and norms
  • P15: Risk-coping mechanisms
  • P16: Child health and development
  • P17: Adult health and productivity
  • P18: Gender and labor markets
  • P19: Social networks
  • P20: FDI, firms and local development

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • The requirements for a successful application for and/or affiliation to GLAD are an outstanding degree (Master/Diploma) in economics or a closely related field, strong quantitative skills, and some expertise in development economics. 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Göttingen

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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