Dr. Richard Bluhm

Affiliated researcher

Research group(s):
4. Governance and institutions
7. Social Protection

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

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Bluhm, Richard, Denis de Crombrugghe & Adam Szirmai, 2018, Poverty Accounting, European Economic Review, 104: 237-255, DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2018.03.003, More information
Bluhm, Richard, Denis de Crombrugghe & Adam Szirmai, 2016, The Dynamics of Stagnation: A Panel Analysis of the Onset and Continuation of Stagnation, Macro-Economic Dynamics, 20(8): 2010-45, DOI: 10.1017/S1365100515000231, More information

Book chapters
Bluhm, Richard, Denis de Crombrugghe & Adam Szirmai, 2015, Poor Trends: The Pace of Poverty Reduction after the Millennium Development Agenda, in: L. Haddad, H. Kato and N. Meisel (eds), Growth is Dead. Long Live Growth. The Quality of Economic Growth and Why it Matters, AFD, IDS and Jica, Tokyo

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Bluhm, Richard & Melanie Krause, 2018, Top Lights: Bright cities and their contribution to economic development, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2018-041
Bluhm, Richard, Martin Gassebner, Sarah Langlotz & Paul Schaudt, 2016, Fueling conflict? (De)escalation and bilateral aid, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-053
Bluhm, Richard & Kaj Thomsson, 2015, Ethnic divisions, political institutions and the duration of declines: A political economy theory of delayed recovery, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2015-003
Bluhm, Richard, Denis de Crombrugghe & Adam Szirmai, 2014, Poor trends - The pace of poverty reduction after the Millennium Development Agenda, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-006
Bluhm, Richard, Denis de Crombrugghe & Adam Szirmai, 2013, Do weak institutions prolong crises? On the identification, characteristics, and duration of declines during economic slumps, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-069
Bluhm, Richard, Denis de Crombrugghe & Adam Szirmai, 2013, The pace of poverty reduction - A fractional response approach, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-051
Bluhm, Richard, Denis de Crombrugghe & Adam Szirmai, 2012, Explaining the dynamics of stagnation: An empirical examination of the North, Wallis and Weingast approach, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-040
Bluhm, Richard & Adam Szirmai, 2012, Institutions and long-run growth performance: An analytic literature review of the institutional determinants of economic growth, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-033

Research reports
Crombrugghe, Denis de, Richard Bluhm & Augustin Fosu, 2016, Income Inequality and Poverty Reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa, European Commission, Publications Office of the European Union, 51 pp, More information

Bluhm, Richard, 2015, Growth Dynamics and Development: Essays in Applied Econometrics and Political Economy, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University, More information