International Development EconomicsProf. Dr. Axel Dreher


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E-Mail: axel.dreher@awi.uni-heidelberg.de

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Prof. Dr. Axel Dreher

Short Bio

Axel Dreher is professor of International and Development Politics at Heidelberg University and Editor of the Review of International Organizations. Most of his research is in the field of political economy, economic development, and globalization.

  • Bilateral or Multilateral? International Financial Flows and the Dirty-Work Hypothesis (with Valentin Lang, B. Peter Rosendorff, James Raymond Vreeland), Journal of Politics 84, 4: 1932-1946 (2022).
  • Home Bias in Humanitarian Aid: The Role of Regional Favoritism in the Allocation of International Disaster Relief (with Christian Bommer and Marcello Perez-Alvarez), Journal of Public Economics 208: 104604 (2022).
  • Banking on Beijing. The Aims and Impacts of China's Overseas Development Program (with Andreas Fuchs, Bradley C. Parks, Austin Strange, Michael J. Tierney), Cambridge University Press (2022).
    Reviewed in: Review of International Organizations (2022), Journal of International Banking and Financial Law 37, 7: 562 (2022), China Quarterly (2022), Economic Geography (2022), Journal of International Relations (2022), International Affairs (2023).
  • Aid, China, and Growth: Evidence from a New Global Development Finance Dataset (with Andreas Fuchs, Bradley C. Parks, Austin Strange, Michael J. Tierney), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 13, 2: 135-174 (2021).
  • The Political Economy of International Finance Corporation Lending (with Valentin Lang, Katharina Richert), Journal of Development Economics 140: 242-254 (2019).
  • African Leaders and the Geography of China’s Foreign Assistance (with Andreas Fuchs, Roland Hodler, Bradley C. Parks, Paul A. Raschky, Michael J. Tierney), Journal of Development Economics 140: 44-71 (2019).
  • The Effects of Foreign Aid on Refugee Flows (with Andreas Fuchs, Sarah Langlotz), European Economic Review 112: 127-147 (2019).
  • Government Ideology in Donor and Recipient Countries: Does Political Proximity Matter for the Effectiveness of Aid? (with Anna Minasyan and Peter Nunnenkamp), European Economic Review 79: 80-92 (2015).
  • The Political Economy of the United Nations Security Council. Money and Influence (with James Raymond Vreeland), Cambridge University Press (2014).
    Runner up for The 2015 William H. Riker Award for the Best Book in Political Economy
    Reviewed in: Academic Council on the United Nations System (2017), Public Choice 165, 3-4: 311-314 (2015).
  • Development (Paradigm) Failures (with Roland Hodler), Journal of Development Economics 101: 63-74 (2013).
  • Do IMF and World Bank programs induce government crises? An empirical analysis (with Martin Gassebner), International Organization 66, 2: 329-358 (2012).
  • Does Conditionality Work? A Test for an Innovative US Aid Scheme (with Hannes Öhler and Peter Nunnenkamp), European Economic Review 56: 138-153 (2012).
  • Read my lips: the role of information transmission in multilateral reform design (with Silvia Marchesi and Laura Sabani), Journal of International Economics 84: 86-98 (2011).
  • Government decentralization as a disincentive for transnational terror? An empirical analysis (with Justina A.V. Fischer), International Economic Review 51, 4: 981-1002 (2010).
  • Development Aid and International Politics: Does membership on the UN Security Council influence World Bank decisions? (with Jan-Egbert Sturm and James Vreeland), Journal of Development Economics 88: 1-18 (2009).
    2010 Excellence Award of the KfW Development Bank for policy relevant development research
    Reprinted in: Helen Milner and Dustin Tingley (eds.), Geopolitics of Foreign Aid, Vol. II, chapter 19, Edward Elgar Publishing (2012).
  • Global Horse Trading: IMF loans for votes in the United Nations Security Council (with Jan-Egbert Sturm and James Vreeland), European Economic Review 53: 742-757 (2009).
    Top-cited article in the EER in the 2009-11 period.