Dr. Thomas Dufhues
External Environment for Agriculture and Policy Analysis (Agricultural Policy)
Balkan & Central Asia
Decision-making & choice experiments
Decentralization and participation
Rural institutions and social networks
Rural and micro financial intermediation
Dr. Thomas Dufhues joined IAMO in late 2005 as a senior researcher in the Department of Agricultural Policy. He studied agricultural sciences (with a focus on agricultural economics) at the Universities of Bonn and Hohenheim in Germany. At the University of Hohenheim he also gained his doctoral degree within the DFG financed "Sonderforschungsbereich 564". The doctorate research was on rural finance in Vietnam. He worked as a senior research associate not only at IAMO but also at the Philipps-University of Marburg, the Technical University of Munich, and the Martin Luther University in Halle (Saale). Dr. Thomas Dufhues was involved in the proposal writing of several successful DFG funded projects, in which he worked as senior scientist. Most of his research is empirically based and is theoretically embedded in microeconomics. His current areas of expertise and professional interest focus on rural areas in transformation countries in Southeast Europe and Central and Southeast Asia. He researches, among others, how migration dynamics impact on these regions, their institutions, farms and people.