Dr. Richard Bluhm

Affiliated researcher

Research group(s):
3. Economic Development, Innovation, Governance and Institutions
2. Social Protection, Inclusive Innovation and Development


Richard Bluhm is an Assistant Professor of Macroeconomics at Leibniz University Hanover and an Affiliated Researcher at UNU-MERIT. He's a member of the AidData Research Consortium based at the College of William and Mary. In 2019, he will be on leave to take up a Humboldt Foundation research fellowship to the University of California San Diego (UCSD).  From 2010 to 2014, he was a member of a joint research project on "Institutions and Growth" initiated by the Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) and the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance.

Richard's  research is broadly situated in applied econometrics, development economics, and political economy. Within those fields he's particularly interested in economic growth, the political economy of ethnic diversity,  the effects of institutions on different aspects of development, and studying poverty/ inequality around the world. He is publishing in general interest and field journals, such as the European Economic Review or the World Bank Economic Review.

Richard is actively engaged in several research projects. For example, the German Science Foundation (DFG) is funding a large project on “Shining (New) Light on Regional Inequality, Convergence and Development”. You can learn more about the project, the partners and output at www.lightinequality.com.




Selected publications by Richard Bluhm


UNU-MERIT