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
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Returns to work are lower in developing countries: Is it due to their sectoral and urban structure?

    Developing economies have more workers in sectors or locations where there may be less scope for learning, thus, this brief asks whether their economic and urban structure could explain their lower levels of economic development? This study obtains measures of returns to work experience across various dimensions using data from 23 million individuals in more than...

    8 Jan 2020 | Remi Jedwab, Paul Romer, Dietrich Vollrath, Asif Islam, Daniel Pereira

  • 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