Dietrich Vollrath

Dietrich Vollrath is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Houston. He has a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Economics from Brown University awarded in 2005. His research interests are in growth and development, with a focus on structural transformation, agricultural productivity, and urbanisation. He has published articles in several leading journals, and is the co-author (with Charles I. Jones) of a textbook on economic growth, Introduction to Economic Growth.

Content by Dietrich Vollrath
  • Project

    Estimating the returns to human capital in the cities of developing countries

    The purpose of this project is to examine the relationship between returns to human capital, urbanisation, and growth, using a household survey and population census microdata to estimate the wage profiles for: (i) The urban areas of various groups of countries. (ii) The rural areas of the same countries. (iii) The largest city and the secondary cities of the same...

    28 Oct 2016 | Remi Jedwab, Paul Romer, Dietrich Vollrath, Daniel Pereira, Asif Islam

  • Blog post

    Urbanisation with and without Industrialisation

    Despite established historical links between industrialisation and urbanisation, newer patterns of urbanisation, observed across much of the developing world, suggest that the drivers of urbanisation matter. Today’s blog looks at the difference between resource-led urbanisation and more the traditional form of industrialisation-led urbanisation that we associate with...

    9 Mar 2016 | Dietrich Vollrath, Remi Jedwab, Douglas Gollin