Rainer Thiele

Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)

Emerging Markets & Developing Countries, Africa, Development Cooperation

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Main research interests

  • Large-scale land acquisitions in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Aid allocation and aid effectiveness

Rainer Thiele is head of the research area “Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Development” at the Kiel Institute and adjunct professor at Kiel University. He earned both his master’s degree and his doctorate in Economics from Kiel University. His current research focus is on the impact of large-scale land acquisitions in Sub-Saharan Africa on rural communities and on the allocation and effectiveness of foreign aid.

He has published his research results in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Development EconomicsWorld Bank Economic Review, and World Development.