Dr. Manuela Fritz

University of Groningen 

The Netherlands

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the at the Department for Economics, Econometrics and Finance at the University of Groningen, interested in topics related to development economics, health economics and climate change. 

Before, I worked at the Chair of Development Economics at the University of Passau (Germany) and obtained my PhD under a joint doctoral program from the University of Passau and the University of Groningen (Supervisors: Prof. Michael Grimm & Prof. Robert Lensink). 

My research lies at the intersection of health economics and development economics and mainly contributes to innovative solutions for improving public health and health care systems in low- and middle-income countries. In particular, I focus on cost-effective solutions for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Moreover, I investigate the health consequences of climate change and aim to understand how humans can become more resilient to climate shocks. 

In other parts of my research, I focus on projects in the field of development and agriculture economics. Recent projects revolve around social networks and peer effects in the context of technology adoption in Indonesia and the design of loan contracts of microfinance institutions in Bolivia. 

In my works, I apply micro-economic and -econometric methods and rely on insurance data, social network data, geospatial data, climate simulation and health simulation models, as well as primary data collected in the field via household surveys.

Research Interests

Development Economics, Health Economics, Agriculture Economics