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About the IfW

IfW – The Kiel Institute for the World Economy is an independent foundation under public law of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is an international centre for research in global economic affairs. The Research Area “Poverty Reduction, Equity and Development” at the Kiel Institute conducts policy-oriented and mainly applied research revolving around four different themes: (i) aid allocation and aid effectiveness; (ii) rural development; (ii) resources and governance; and (iv) migration and remittances. It currently comprises five senior researchers, two post-docs and two PhD students. To foster international research cooperation and the exchange of ideas between researchers and practitioners, it hosts the Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth network (PEGNet).

Ifw - Kiel key staff members

Rainer Thiele (Prof.), PhD in economics from Kiel University, has around 15 years of experience in conducting policy-oriented research in the field of economic development and has also recurrently been involved in consultancy work for international
organisations such as the World Bank. His areas of specialisation include foreign aid, pro-poor growth, the informal sector as well as HIV/AIDS and its impact on rural development.

Peter Nunnenkamp, PhD in development economics from the University of Giessen is a senior researcher at IfW. His empirical research and various consultancies have always dealt with different dimensions of globalisation, ranging from the international debt crisis of the 1980s to a current focus on reforming the aid architecture. His areas of specialisation include foreign aid, foreign direct investment, and international trade. 

Marcus Böhme, PhD student at Göttingen University and Research Fellow at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. He is currently the principal investigator in a research project at the Kiel Institute financed by the German Science Foundation on the distributional impacts of migration and remittances. His areas of specialisation include migration and remittances as well as the analysis of the informal sector in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Extensive experience in empirically analysing the determinants and effects of foreign aid (see publications) and in communicating research results to policymakers (via policy workshops and testimonies in Parliament) as well as to the general public (via policy briefs and blogs).

Relevant references

Selaya P., Thiele R., 2010, «Aid and Sectoral Growth: Evidence from Panel Data». Journal of Development Studies 46(10), 1749-1766.

Aldasoro I., Nunnenkamp P., Thiele R., 2010, «Less Aid Proliferation and More Donor Coordination: The Wide Gap Between Words and Deeds». Journal of International Development 22(7), 920-940.

Arslan A., Taylor J.E., 2010, Village Level Inequality, Migration and Remittances in Rural Mexico: How Do they Change Over Time? Kiel Working Paper 1622 (under revision).

Koch D., Dreher A., Nunnenkamp P., Thiele R., 2009, «Keeping a Low Profile: What Determines the Allocation of Aid by Non-Governmental Organisations», World Development 37(5), 902-918.

Dreher A., Nunnenkamp P., Thiele R., 2008, «Does Aid for Education Educate Children? » World Bank Economic Review 22(2): 291-314.