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Stephan Kyburz

Visiting Fellow


natural resources, conflict, political economy, foreign investment, infrastructure


Stephan Kyburz is a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. His research focuses on how institutionalized resource rents affect economic development and conflict, and whether more cohesive local democratic institutions moderate the link between rents and violence. He also studies localized foreign investment spillovers, and the effects of infrastructure on population growth and local displacement. He currently works on the review of the Commitment to Development Index evaluating how emerging actors like the BRICS countries may be included in a broader comparison of governments’ dedication to policies that benefit people living in poorer nations.

He was previously a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics, funded by a Fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Bern, Switzerland, and specializes in combining Geographic Information System techniques with empirical economic analysis. He has published in the Journal of Economic Geography.

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