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Director, Behavior

Wolfgang Stojetz

Dr. Wolfgang Stojetz is the Director of the Behavior Research Program at ISDC and a Research Fellow in the Department of Economics at Humboldt-University of Berlin. Previously, he was a Predoctoral Research Fellow at Yale University and a Research Affiliate at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin).

Wolfgang studied physics, mathematics and economics at the University of Colorado (Boulder), the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal, the University of Regensburg, Germany, and in the Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science (BDPEMS). He holds a PhD in Economics from Humboldt-University of Berlin, and a Diplom in Physics from the University of Regensburg (equivalent to M.Sc.). Wolfgang is an alumnus of the Fulbright program, Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, and RES Junior Researcher Symposium, and has received grants from the BDPEMS, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), German Excellence Initiative, German Physical Society (DPG), Humboldt-University of Berlin, Portuguese Research Council (FCT) and United States Institute of Peace (USIP). He has also served as a consultant to FAO, ILO, Mercy Corps, PBSO, UNHCR, UNDP, and the World Bank.

Selected recent papers:

Civic Legacies of Wartime Governance (with P. Justino), 2024, American Journal of Political Science, Revise & Resubmit. 

The COVID-19 pandemic and food insecurity fuel the mental health crisis in Africa: a consecutive cross-sectional study (with J. Beck, A. Koebach, L. Abreu, M. D. Regassa, A. Hoeffler, and T. Brück), 2024, International Journal of Public Health, 68, 1606369.

Institutional trust in the time of corona: Evidence from countermeasures in Germany (with N.T.N. Ferguson, G. Baliki, S. Fenzl, P. Justino, and T. Brück), 2024, WIDER Working Paper 14/2024, UNU-WIDER

Prevalence of Depression and Associated Socio-economic Outcomes during Violent Conflict: A Matched Analysis for Palestine Using Nationally Representative Survey and Conflict Event Data (with P. Ronzani et al.), 2024,

Armed conflict and gendered participation in agrifood systems: Survey evidence from 29 African countries (with P. Ronzani et al.), 2024, Households in Conflict Network Working Paper 410.

Exposure to gender-based collective violence causes intimate partner violence (with T. Brück), 2023, Journal of Development Economics, 164, 103054.

Building Resilience in Conflict Areas: Quasi-experimental Evidence from Borno State in North-east Nigeria (with T. Brück, M. d’Errico, J. Pinay, and P. Ronzani), 2023, Journal of African Economies, Revise & Resubmit.

The double burden of female protracted displacement: Survey evidence on gendered livelihoods in El Fasher, Darfur (with T. Brück), 2023, Journal of Development Studies, forthcoming. 

Coping with Compounding Challenges in Conflict Crises: Evidence from North-east Nigeria (with T. Brück), 2023, World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 10379.

Effects of the intensity and duration of COVID-19 lockdown policies on the use of coping strategies: Evidence from four African countries (with G. Baliki, A. Todua, D. Weiffen, Mekdim D. Regassa, and T. Brück), 2023, Journal of African Economies, Revise & Resubmit.

Shocking social safety: Evidence on violence and drought in North-east Nigeria (with T. Brück, M. d’Errico, J. Pinay, and P. Ronzani), 2023, under review.

The Life with Corona survey (with N.T.N. Ferguson et al.), 2022, Social Science & Medicine, 306, 115109.

Life with Corona: Increased gender differences in aggression and depression symptoms due to the COVID-19 pandemic burden in Germany? (with L. Abreu et al.), 2021, Frontiers of Psychology, 12, 2705.

Data Options for Assessing Gender Dimensions of Forced Displacement: A Background Note (with T. Brück), 2021, Washington, D.C.: World Bank Group.

Can Job Programs Build Peace? (with T. Brück, N.T.N. Ferguson, and V. Izzi), 2020, World Bank Research Observer, September, lkaa004. https://doi.org/10.1093/wbro/lkaa004.

Trust in the Time of Corona (with T. Brück, N.T.N. Ferguson, and P. Justino), 2020, IZA Discussion Paper 13386.

Food security and conflict: Empirical challenges and future opportunities for research and policy making (with C. Martin-Shields), 2019, World Development, 119, 150-164.

Rural youth in the context of fragility and conflict (with G. Baliki, T. Brück, and N.T.N. Ferguson), 2019. IFAD Research Series Special Issue 54.

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