Thorsten Rogall

Assistant Professor

My main research and teaching interests are in political economy of development with a special focus on conflict. I have extensively worked on understanding how the political Hutu elites orchestrated the Rwandan Genocide.

Research on the Rwandan Genocide

— The Preparation

“Preparing for Genocide: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Rwanda”
(with Evelina Bonnier, Jonas Poulsen and Miri Stryjan)

Journal of Development Economics 147(2020): 102533 ▪ Online Appendix                                                                                         

— The Execution

“Mobilizing the Masses for Genocide”

American Economic Review 111(1): 41-72 ▪ Online Appendix

— The Aftermath

“Yes They Can: Genocide, Political Participation, and Female Empowerment”
(with Tatiana Zarate-Barrera)

Other Working Papers

“Rainfall Inequality, Political Power, and Ethnic Conflict in Africa”
(with Andrea Guariso) R&R at the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy

“Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: Community Meetings and Voter Control in Non-Democracies”



“Organized Violence and Voting”


Winter 2022

ECON234 Wealth and Poverty of Nations Sections

Historical approaches to long-run economic growth; international comparisons of income growth and inequality; colonialism; evolution of world capital markets; human migrations; rise of world trading empires; instability in the international economy. Credit will be granted for only one of ECON 234 or former ECON 334 (6). May not be taken for credit by students with fourth-year standing.

Winter 2022

ECON485 Political Economy Sections

State and politics in economics. How states emerge, how dictators stay in power. Why groups engage in costly conflict, how countries turn into democracies and what its benefits are.

Winter 2022

ECON543 Economics of Transition Economies Sections