Hannes Mueller

Hannes Mueller joined the IAE in September 2008, after completing the PhD in Economics at the London School of Economics. His research interests are Political Economy and Development Economics – broadly defined. In his past research he has, for example, studied the impact of the Northern Irish conflict on housing prices, the interaction between bureaucratic and political institutions and the role of intrinsic motivation in not-for-profit organizations. Hannes is currently researching, amongst other things, the adoption of primary elections in political parties, the use of factors (labor and capital) in the military, the role of group identity in terrorism.

Content by Hannes Mueller
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Terror and tourism: How bad news can harm economic development

    Reporting on violence often draws attention to countries which are typically not covered by international news outlets, leading to a bad news bias which can affect the view that people hold on these countries and have serious economic consequences. Tourism offers a unique chance to study the effect of news because tourists from different countries evaluate the same...

    27 Aug 2020 | Tim Besley, Thiemo Fetzer, Hannes Mueller

  • Data Item

    Data: The economic costs of piracy

    This paper estimates the effect of piracy attacks on shipping costs using a unique data set on shipping contracts in the dry bulk market. We look at shipping routes whose shortest path exposes them to piracy attacks and Önd that the increase in attacks in 2008 lead to around a ten percent increase in shipping costs. We use this estimate to get a sense of the welfare loss...

    1 Mar 2019

  • Publication - Miscellaneous

    Fragility in the data

    This background study is published by the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development.

    18 Apr 2018 | Hannes Mueller

  • Blog post

    Understanding how political violence impacts spending patterns

    Using spending pattern insights and media reports of violence, we can see how fear can heavily influence consumers. Politically motivated violence has important economic effects. Apart from the direct impact of terrorism on its victims, it deters investment in education and businesses. The fear of violence has driven millions of people away from their homes every year,...

    12 Mar 2018 | Tim Besley, Thiemo Fetzer, Hannes Mueller

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Growth Brief: The cost of violence - Estimating the economic impact of conflict

    Alongside its dire humanitarian costs, armed conflict poses a range of risks to a country’s economic growth and development. Measuring the economic impacts of violence matters because it can inform resilience strategies and drive resources toward conflict prevention. Fragile states often struggle to maintain resilience to conflict and other shocks; conflict, economic...

    13 Dec 2016 | Hannes Mueller, Julia Tobias

  • Project

    Tourism and terrorism: Evidence from North Africa

    Tourism is a potentially vital source of income in many low income economies, but it can be affected by political instability. These issues are brought into sharp relief by studying the situation in the Middle East and North Africa where since 2010, a number of countries have destabilised politically with bouts of rioting, armed conflict, and terror attacks. The economies...

    23 Aug 2016 | Hannes Mueller, Tim Besley, Thiemo Fetzer

  • Publication - Working Paper

    The Economic Cost of Conflict (Working Paper)

    20 Aug 2013 | Hannes Mueller

  • Project

    Investigating the economic cost of conflict

    Recent years have seen a surge in the literature on armed confl‡ict and terrorism. This report aims to answer …five (sets of) questions with a recently emerging part of this literature. What evidence is there that upstream confl‡ict prevention (in the form of capacity building etc) has materially/economically bene…fitted either the donor or receiving country? What are...

    1 Jan 2013 | Hannes Mueller, Tim Besley

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The Economic Costs of Piracy (Policy Brief)

    20 Apr 2012 | Tim Besley, Thiemo Fetzer, Hannes Mueller

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Piracy in Somalia costs billions (Working Paper)

    20 Apr 2012 | Tim Besley, Thiemo Fetzer, Hannes Mueller

  • Project

    The Economic Costs of Piracy

    For every $120 million seized by pirates in Somalia, the cost to the shipping industry and the end consumer is between $0.9 and $3.3 billion, according to research by Tim Besley (LSE and the IGC Steering Group), Thiemo Fetzer (LSE) and Hannes Mueller (Barcelona GSE). This money is enough to employ well over a million Somalis for a whole year. The study examines the...

    1 Oct 2011 | Tim Besley, Thiemo Fetzer, Hannes Mueller