Stephan Kyburz joined CGD in January 2018 as a postdoctoral fellow. In his main research project, he analyzes the “resource curse” in Nigeria with a specific focus on local political institutions. One of his papers, “Local Elections, State Capture, and Development in Nigeria: Is Manna from Heaven Devilish?” examines whether having an elected local government is conducive to growth in times of large windfalls of oil revenues. Another paper, “Does Democracy Moderate Resource-induced Conflict?” (joint with Thiemo Fetzer, University of Warwick) looks at whether institutionalized resource rents to lower levels of government can be a source of civil conflict, and if democratic power-sharing institutions can limit the link between resource rents and conflict. Kyburz is further working on localized foreign investment spillovers in Vietnam and the effects of infrastructure developments on regional growth. He spent 2017 at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and Political Science
Kyburz completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and specializes in combining Geographic Information System techniques with empirical economic analysis. Click to visit his website.