Rieger, Matthias

Associate Professor

Erasmus University Rotterdam, Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands



Max Weber alumnus

Department of Economics

Cohort(s): 2013/2014

Ph.D. Institution

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland


I am a development economist with interests in experimental economics. I completed my PhD in International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva in May 2013. My thesis studies the impact of civil war on the spread of HIV/Aids in Burundi, as well as the dynamics and determinants of nutrition and health capital in Senegal and Cambodia.
I have conducted impact evaluations and household surveys in Morocco, the Central African Republic, Cambodia and Burundi. I am a regular consultant to the World Bank's Development Impact Evaluation Initiative for the evaluation of a Community-Driven Development programme in the Central African Republic, and a poverty alleviation project in Cambodia.
During the Max Weber Fellowship I will pursue my on-going research projects on social capital, networks and economic development. I am currently involved in two studies that combine network and household surveys with economic experiments (dictator, risk, discount, trust and public good games). Using this data, I am also studying the effect of aging in economic decision making and pro-social behaviour.
My research combines household surveys with experimental economics, which I analyse with rigorous micro-econometric techniques. Much of my work is interdisciplinary and I work with psychologists and political scientists alike.
Fields of expertise: Development Economics, Experimental Economics, Applied Micro-econometrics, Impact Evaluation Methods, Household Surveys.
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