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Frank Borge Wietzke

Frank Borge Wietzke

Assistant Professor

Biography

Borge Wietzke is an Assistant Professor at IBEI. Originally trained as a political scientist (University of Leipzig and Science Po Paris), he has a PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. Borge also has extensive policy experience with the World Bank, the United Nations (Unicef) and national governments, where he has held staff and consulting positons in areas related to program evaluation, social protection, decentralization, and development finance.

Borge's recent research explores the drivers and consequences of recent 'middle class' growth in developing countries, including the political behaviours and redistribution preferences of the 'new middle classes'. His research is informed by earlier historical analysis of the colonial origins of wellbeing inequality and institutional development in developing regions like sub-Saharan Africa. Borge's work typically combines econometric techniques with careful contextual and political-economy analysis. Borge's research has appeared in journals like World Development, Democratization, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Development Studies, and the Socio-Economic Review.

Background and education

  • (2010) PhD International Development, London School of Economics
  • (2001) Diploma (Master’s equivalent) in Political Science and International Relations, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • (1998) Certificate, International Relations, Institute d'Etudes Politiques, Paris

Research

Research interests

  • Poverty, growth, inequality
  • Institutions and Economic History
  • Political economy of development

Selected publications

  • Wietzke, Frank Borge.2019.Poverty reduction and democratization – new cross-country evidence.Democratization,DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2019.1575369Link
  • Wietzke, Frank Borge.2019.New Middle Classes Reshape the Developing World.Current History,118 (804), Global Trends:16Link
  • Wietzke, Frank Borge; Sumner, Andy

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    2018.The Developing World’s “New Middle Classes”: Implications for Political Research.Perspectives on Politics,16(1):127-140Link
  • Wietzke, Frank Borge.2015.Kicking Away the Ladder? Poverty Reduction and Public Support for Redistribution.Socio-Economic Review (published on-line November 2015),doi: 10.1093/ser/mwv027Link
  • Wietzke, Frank Borge.2015.Long-Term Consequences of Colonial Institutions and Human Capital Investments: Sub-National Evidence from Madagascar.World Development,66:293–307Link
  • Wietzke, Frank Borge.2015.Who is Poorest? An Asset-Based Analysis of Multidimensional Wellbeing.Development Policy Review,33, issue 1:33–59Link
  • Wietzke, Frank Borge.2015.Pathways from Jobs to Social Cohesion.World Bank Research Observer,30, issue 1:95-123Link
  • Wietzke, Frank Borge.2014.Historical Origins of Uneven Service Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Role of Non-State Providers.Journal of Development Studies,50, issue 12:1614-1630Link
  • Wietzke, Frank Borge; Faguet, Jean-Paul

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    2006.Social Funds and Decentralisation: Optimal Institutional Design.in: Public Administration and Development,26, issue 4:303-315Link