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Thiemo Fetzer

Contact details

Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 22919

Email: T dot Fetzer at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room: S1.113b

Office Hour: Thursday 14:00-16:00.

Assistant Professor

Thiemo Fetzer is an Assistant Professor in the Economics department at the University of Warwick.

He is also affiliated with the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at University of Warwick and the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC) at London School of Economics.

Current Research Interests

  • Development economics
  • Political economy and Resource Economics


  • PhD in Economics from London School of Economics


  1. The Welfare Cost of Lawlessness: Evidence from Somali Piracy, joint with Tim Besley and Hannes-Felix Mueller. Journal of the European Economics Association, Volume 13, Issue 2, pages 203 – 239, April 2015.
  2. Group Lending Without Joint Liability, joint with Jon de Quidt and Maitreesh Ghatak. Forthcoming in the Journal of Development Economics.

Working Papers

  1. Commercialization and the Decline of Joint Liability Microcredit, 2015.
  2. Social Insurance and Conflict: Evidence from India, EOPP Working Paper Number 53, 2014.
  3. Fracking Growth, CEP Working Paper 1278, 2014.
  4. On the Comparative Advantage of U.S. Manufacturing: Evidence from the Shale Gas Revolution, joint with Rabah Arezki. CEP Working Paper 1399, 2016, OxCarre Working Paper, CAGE Working Paper 259
  5. Market Structure and Borrower Welfare in Microfinance, joint with Jon de Quidt and Maitreesh Ghatak.
  6. More than an Urban Legend: The long-term socio-economic Effects of Unplanned Fertility Shocks, joint with Amar Shanghavi and Oliver Pardo, Submitted. An earlier version of the paper had the title “An Urban Legend?! Power Rationing, Fertility and its Effects on Mothers”, and circulates as CEP Working Paper 1247, 2013.

Work in Progress

  1.  Energy Density and Local Comparative Advantage: Shale Gas Boom and the Allocation of
    Industrial Activity
  2. The Redistributional Effects of Environmental Policy: Evidence from Germany joint with Guo Xu and Christian Westermeier.
  3. The Persistent effects of Private vs. Colonial Rule: Evidence from 19th century Indonesia, joint with Priya Mukherjee, Project funded with a grant from the History Project
  4. Weather, Income Shocks, and Crime: Evidence from India, joint with Jon Colmer and Benjamin Guin. Slides available upon request.
  5. Estimating Travel Cost through Mobile Phone Use Data, joint with Amadou Sy (Brookings). Blog Post about Big Data for Development at Brookings
  6. Developing a Micro-Level Conflict Data Set for South Asia