Matthias Rieger

Matthias Rieger

Ph.D, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva


Associate Professor Doctor Matthias Rieger is currently a coordinator for the Vietnam – The Netherlands Program (VNP) in the Netherlands and a senior lecturer in Development Economics at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is also a micro-development economist with interests in experimental and health economics. He did his PhD in International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva and his 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.

With his experiences and expertise in Development Economics, Experimental Economics, Applied Microeconometrics, Impact Evaluation Methods, Household Surveys, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Matthias Rieger’s research combines household surveys with experimental economics, where he analyses with rigorous micro-econometric techniques, published on numerous international research journal, such as American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Health Economics, Economics and Human Biology, Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, and The Journals of Gerontology.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Matthias Rieger is a regular consultant for the World Bank & 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.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Matthias Rieger teaches Research Methodology for VNP annually in Vietnam. This subject is the foundation for students to improve upon their thesis through understanding, analyzing, systematically evaluating documents and data. Research Methodology is the key to successfully completing a thesis.

  1. Gender, Ethnicity and Teaching Evaluations: Evidence from Mixed Teaching Teams (with Natascha Wagner and Katherine Voorvelt), Economics of Education Review, forthcoming.
  2. Media coverage: Times Higher Education Polygyny and Child Health Revisited (with Natascha Wagner), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Letters), 2016
  3. Corruption and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (with Elissaios Papyrakis and Emma Gilberthorpe), Journal of Development Studies, forthcoming.
  4. Trans Fat and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality: Evidence from Bans in Restaurants in New York (with Brandon Restrepo), Journal of Health Economics, 2016. Coverage on blogs: VOX or the World Economic Foru
  5. Age-Specific Correlates of Child Growth (with Sofia Trommlerovà), Demography, 2016
  6. Trust and Trustworthiness in Young and Older Adults (Phoebe Bailey, Gillian Slessor, Matthias Rieger, Peter Rendell, Ahmed Moustafa and Ted Ruffmann), Psychology & Aging, 2015
  7. Denmark’s Policy on Artificial Trans Fat and Cardiovascular Disease (with Brandon Restrepo), American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2016. Media coverage: TIME; Jyllands-Posten
  8. Risk aversion, Time preference and Health Production: Theory and Empirical Evidence from Cambodia, Economics and Human Biology, 2015
  9. Child Health, its Dynamic Interaction with Nutrition and Health Memory –Evidence from Senegal, (with Natascha Wagner), Economics and Human Biology, 2015
  10. The Impact of Landmines on Child Health in Angola (with Jean-Louis Arcand and Aude-Sophie Rodella-Boitreaud), Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2015

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