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Dr Svenja Flechtner is Assistant Professor of Pluralist Economics at the University of Siegen, Germany. Previously she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Latin America Centre of the Freie Universität Berlin.
She obtained a doctoral degree in economics from the Europa-Universität Flensburg in 2016. Her thesis was concerned with aspirations and the persistence of poverty and inequalities. She studied Languages, Economics and Cultural Studies (diploma) as well as Governance and Public Policy (BA) at the University of Passau and the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. As a student, she spent a high school year in the Dominican Republic and returned there several times for internships and research. Before her doctoral studies, she gained some practical experience in the development sector, eg at the German Development Institute (DIE) and the German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (giz).
Svenja has taught a range of courses in the areas of economic growth, development and distribution, behavioural economics, international political economy and the philosophy of economics. Svenja is a fellow of the ZOE Institute for future-fit economies and of the Forum for Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policy (FMM).
Research at ODID
Svenja will work on a research project that belongs to a joint project with Diego Sánchez-Ancochea. The project is concerned with the determinants of public social spending in Latin American countries, especially in the context of the recent commodity boom at the beginning of this century (2003-13). This research addresses a structural root of poverty in the context of national and international economic relationships.