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Prof. Dr. Michael Grimm, Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Development Economics

Professor Michael Grimm

Professor Michael Grimm holds the Chair of Development Economics of the University of Passau and is the Director of the Passau International Centre for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (PICAIS). Moreover, he is the Chairman of the Reserch Committee on Development Economics of the German Economic Association (Verein für Socialpolitik). He is also one of the Principal Investigators of the DFG Research Training Group 2720. Previously, he was Professor of Development Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Visiting Professor at the Paris School of Economics and Consultant for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Professor Grimm's research focuses on the resources available to the  poor.

Professor Michael Grimm holds the Chair of Development Economics of the University of Passau and is the Director of the Passau International Centre for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (PICAIS). Moreover, he is the Chairman of the Reserch Committee on Development Economics of the German Economic Association (Verein für Socialpolitik). He is also one of the Principal Investigators of the DFG Research Training Group 2720. Previously, he was Professor of Development Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Visiting Professor at the Paris School of Economics and Consultant for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Professor Grimm's research focuses on the resources available to the  poor.

'My research focuses on small and medium enterprises in developing countries that have limited or no access to capital, consultancy services or any other form of professional support. The central question is how networks can be established that link these firms with each other, but also with investors, banks, government institutions and other actors – both within their own countries and abroad. Ultimately, the aim is to reduce information asymmetries and to reduce existing market segmentations. I plan to further develop my research together with colleagues from other disciplines, which may allow for expansion towards entirely new research areas.'

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Professor Grimm is an internationally renowned expert in development economics, who has conducted various field studies on the effects of technological change in developing countries.

Research Stories

Prof. Grimm und Dr. Asiedu im Gespräch über Armut in Ghana.

Dr Edward Asiedu from Ghana experienced poverty in his childhood. Now he is researching ways to effectively combat it. In this interview with Professor Grimm, he reveals what he hopes to gain from his stay in Passau.

Nasses Reisfeld bei schönem Wetter

What motivates Indonesian farmers to convert to organic farming in the long-term? A team of economists from the University of Passau is exploring whether digital technology and knowledge can help protect the environment and reduce poverty.

 

Interdisziplinäres Organisations-Team der DPE Ringvorlesung an der Universität Passau

The Research Training Group "Digital Platform Ecosystems" will be the University’s pivotal hub for leading-edge, international, and interdisciplinary research and advanced academic qualifications around a central phenomenon of the digital economy.

Distinguished keynote series on 'Digital Platform Ecosystems' at the University of Passau

In the distinguished keynote series 'Digital Platform Ecosystems (DPE)', internationally outstanding researchers have presented their latest findings.

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Ingmar Weber is going to be Michael Grimm’s guest in our distinguished keynote series ‘Digital Platform Ecosystems’. He will explain how data from online platforms can be used to answer demographic questions.

Demonstrators at a Fridays for Future demonstration hold up colorful climate change signs.

In the pandemic, younger people are making sacrifices out of solidarity with the older generation. Why doesn't that work the other way round in the climate crisis? Student Janina Körber asked researchers at the University of Passau.

Bild einer indonesischen Reisbäuerin; Foto: Nathalie Luck, Universität Passau

A research team at the University of Passau has investigated whether agriculture in Indonesia can be largely converted to organic farming. One of the results shows that it is important to find influential farmers who promote change.

Cover des Buches "Economics of Gender Inequality" von Prof. Dr. Michael Grimm und Isabel Günther

To mark International Women's Day, 'Economics of Gender Inequality' about the work of Professor Stephan Klasen is being published on line. He has been one of the first researchers to put gender inequality on the academic and political agenda.

Extreme Wetterbedingungen - wie beispielsweise Dürren - könnten den demographischen Übergang in Südafrika gefährden, zeigt eine Studie anhand von historischen Daten aus den USA.

Why is the demographic transition in sub-Saharan Africa faltering? Based on historical data from the USA, I can show why climate change could increase the fertility rates in the poorest regions By Prof. Dr. Michael Grimm

 

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Our case study in Burkina Faso suggests that glasses costing a couple of dollars are still too expensive and need to be subsidised to reach high levels of coverage. By Prof. Dr. Michael Grimm and Renate Hartwig, PhD

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