Professor Roland Hodler

Professor of Public Economics, University of St Gallen

Roland Hodler is Professor of Public Economics at the University of St. Gallen and affiliated with the Oxford Centre for Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre), the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability at Monash University, the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and CESifo. Before joining the University of St. Gallen, Professor Hodler was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, and Professor at the University of Lucerne. He holds a PhD from the University of Bern.

Professor Hodler’s main research areas are development economics and political economics. His interests include the economic, political and social effects of ethnic divisions, natural resources and foreign aid. Among others, he has studied how natural resource extraction impacts upon economic growth, financial development, and governance. In recent research focusing on Nigeria, he has studied the effects of onshore oil spills on infant mortality. Professor Hodler’s research has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Development Economics, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; and covered by media outlets such as BBC, the Economist, the Guardian, Le Monde, and Washington Post.