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.


Working Papers:

“Mobilizing the Masses for Genocide”

▪ Revise & Resubmit at the American Economic Review

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

“Rainfall Inequality, Political Power, and Ethnic Conflict in Africa”
(with Andrea Guariso)



“Organized Violence and Voting”

“Influencing the Electorate in an Authoritarian Regime”

“Closing the Gender Gap”

Winter 2019

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 2019

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 2019

ECON490 Seminar in Applied Economics Sections

Selected problems and issues in the theory and practice of Economics. Each section will focus on a different field. Restricted to Economics Majors, and Combined Majors in Economics their final academic session.

Winter 2019

ECON543 Economics of Transition Economies Sections