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Richard Bluhm

TT.-Prof. Dr.

Institute of Economics and Law
Macroeconomics and Digital Transformation


Keplerstraße 17
70174 Stuttgart
Room: 9.033

Office Hours

Mondays 11.20-12.30 pm, by appointment, in person or virtually. Email to schedule an appointment.


  • Primary: Macroeconomics (esp. growth), Political Economy, Development
  • Secondary: applied econometrics, data science, urban and regional economics
  1. Bluhm, R., Polonik, P., Hemes, K. S., Sanford, L. C., Benz, S. A., Levy, M. C., Ricke, K. L., & Burney, J. A. (2022). Disparate air pollution reductions during California’s COVID-19 economic shutdown. Nature Sustainability, 5(6), Article 6.
  2. Bluhm, R., & McCord, G. C. (2022). What Can We Learn from Nighttime Lights for Small Geographies? Measurement Errors and Heterogeneous Elasticities. Remote Sensing, 14(5), Article 5.
  3. Bluhm, R., & Krause, M. (2022). Top lights: Bright cities and their contribution to economic development. Journal of Development Economics, 157, 102880.
  4. Bluhm, R., & Pinkovskiy, M. (2021). The spread of COVID-19 and the BCG vaccine: A natural experiment in reunified Germany. The Econometrics Journal, 24(3), Article 3.
  5. Bluhm, R., Gassebner, M., Langlotz, S., & Schaudt, P. (2021). Fueling conflict? (De)escalation and bilateral aid. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 36(2), Article 2.
  6. Bluhm, R., & Thomsson, K. (2020). Holding on? Ethnic divisions, political institutions and the duration of economic declines. Journal of Development Economics, 144, 102457.
  7. Bluhm, R., de Crombrugghe, D., & Szirmai, A. (2019). Do Weak Institutions Prolong Crises? On the Identification, Characteristics, and Duration of Declines during Economic Slumps. World Bank Economic Review, 34(3), Article 3.
  8. Bluhm, R., de Crombrugghe, D., & Szirmai, A. (2018). Poverty accounting. European Economic Review, 104, 237–255.
  9. Bluhm, R., de Crombrugghe, D., & Szirmai, A. (2016). The dynamics of stagnation: A panel analysis of the onset and continuation of stagnation. Macroeconomic Dynamics, 20(8), Article 8.

Academic appointments: 

Tenure-Track-Professor of Macroeconomics and Digital Transformation
Institute of Economics and Law
University of Stuttgart, Germany

Humboldt Foundation Lynen Research Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science & Global School of Policy and Strategy 
University of California, San Diego, USA

2015-2022 (on leave 2019-2022)
Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat) 
Institute of Macroeconomics
Leibniz University Hannover,  Germany

Other affiliations:

Member of the Research Group on Development Economics (German Economic Association), SoDa Labs at Monash University, AidData Research Consortium,  Graduate School on Globalization and Development at the Universities of Göttingen and Hannover (RTG 1723), Maastricht University, UNU-MERIT

Research stays (> 2 weeks):

University of California, San Diego, USA, Aug 2023 -Sep 2023
University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland, Sep 2019
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, Feb 2019 - Apr 2019
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, Feb 2018 - Apr 2018

Link to full CV

The political geography of cities (with Christian Lessmann and Paul Schaudt).  SoDa Laboratories Working Paper Series No. 2021-11, Monash Business School, 2021.

Ethnofederalism and ethnic voting (with R. Hodler and P. Schaudt). CESifo Working Paper No. 9314. CESifo Munich, 2021.

Connective financing: Chinese infrastructure projects and the diffusion of economic activity in developing countries (with Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Brad Parks, Michael Tierney and Austin Strange). CEPR DP14818. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research. 

Local majorities: How administrative divisions shape comparative development (with Roland Hodler and Paul Schaudt), Economics Working Paper Series 2110, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science.

Humboldt Foundation Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship  for the University of California San Diego, 2019--2022

1st Prize for Excellence in Applied Development Research (Dissertation Award), German Economics Association and  KfW Development Bank, 2016

Best "Lightning-talk'' Award at Herrenhausen Conference, VW Foundation, 2015

Top 3% Award, Maastricht University, 2010,  1st of the entire faculty

Fulbright fellowship, 2007-2008

Terra incognita, Universität Stuttgart (50,000 EUR), project coordinator, with Gerda Asmus, Raphael Franck, Raphael Heiberger, 2022-2024

Baden-Württemberg/Connecticut Faculty Mobility Program 2023 (2,250 EUR), visit at Yale School of Environment, Sep 2023 

Volkswagen Foundation, Cooperative projects Lower Saxony - Israel, "Economic and ideological causes of political violence'" (total 300,000 EUR, with Raphaël Franck and Andreas Fuchs), 2022-2024

RTG 1723 - Globalization and Development, Universities of Göttingen and Hannover, internal pool funds, 4800 EUR (with Tobias Korn and Gerda Asmus), 2019

German Research Foundation (DFG) grant for "Shining (New) Light on Regional Inequality, Convergence and Development" (share 186,400 EUR, total 569,000 EUR, co-PI, with Melanie Krause and Christian Lessmann), 2017--2021

EC (DG DEVCO) grant  (share about 25,000 EUR, total 50,000 EUR, 6 months, with Denis de Crombrugghe and Augustin Fosu), 2015

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