Mohammad al Asadi

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PhD Student

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 105, Room 2.23 / 2.24 / 2.27 / 2.32
44789 Bochum

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PhD Project

Determinants of Fiscal Position Sustainability in Post-Conflict Countries

Countries emerging from armed conflict face enormous challenges; peace settlement, institutions building, and sustainable economic recovery are among the prominent ones. Overcoming such challenges requires mobilizing massive funds to support various human, social, and economic interventions during reconstruction phase.

Given the shallow financial resources in war-torn economies, and the volatility and conditionality of aid funds, the need for external borrowing becomes pressing. It becomes crucial however to analyze the fiscal sustainability in post-conflict countries in early stages to avoid unsustainable fiscal position. Reaching such a position in post-conflict settings can jeopardize -in the medium to long-run- the gains of years of peace and development threatening a relapse into conflict.

I aim in my research to define the determinants affecting fiscal position sustainability in post-conflict countries. This includes analyzing the potential role of growth distribution, debt level and composition, aid, trade terms … etc. This will allow me to draw lessons for achieving sustainable economic recovery in post-conflict countries.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein

Research Interest

  • Post-conflict Economic Recovery
  • Fiscal Policies in Conflict-affected Countries
  • Macroeconomic Policies for Pro-poor Growth
  • Informal Financing for Development (Saving groups, RoSCAs)

Workshops & Conferences

Sept. 2016   Workshop:
Syrian Urban Research Network (SURN)
Technical University Berlin
Nov. 2016 ‑ Jul. 2017   Blended Learning Programme (Workshops/Lectures):
Leadership for Syria
University of Konstanz
Aug. 2017   Conference:
From the Brandt Commission to the 2030 Agenda
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Dec. 2017   Seminar:
Learning from Conflicts: Approaches to Peace-Building and the Role of Europe
European University Institute (EUI), Florence/Italy

Positions Held

  • 2013 - 2015: Economic Consultant - UN-ESCWA
  • 2011 - 2013: Research Economist - Syrian Consulting Bureau for Development & Investment

Degrees and Awards

  • 2009 - 2011 Master in Economic Change in the Arab Region - Philipps University, Marburg/Germany
  • DAAD Award for Master and Ph.D. studies