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Prof. Dr. Thushyanthan Baskaran



Ruhr University Bochum
Faculty of Management and Economics
Chair for Public and Regional Economics
Building GD, Room 03/343
Universitätsstr. 150
D-44801 Bochum

Email: Thushyanthan.Baskaran@rub.de

Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-25336

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Short Profile

Thushyanthan is a Professor of Economics at the Ruhr University Bochum and a Research Associate at the ZEW Mannheim. Professor Baskaran's current research focuses on public economics, regional economics and development economics, covering topics such as fiscal capacity, political budget cycles, political selection, and economic development.

He has studied Economics at the Free University of Berlin and received his PhD in Economics from the University of Heidelberg in 2010. He was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Gothenburg, an Assistant Professor for Public Finance at the University of Goettingen, and a Professor for Applied Microeconomics at the University of Siegen. His work has been published in various international journals such as the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Urban Economics.

Research Focus

  • Public and Regional Economics: Fiscal Capacity, Political Budget Cycles, Political Selection, and Economic Development 
  • Economic Policy
  • Political Economy



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