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Seidler Valentin

Dr. Valentin Seidler, BA

phone:     +43-1-31336-6113


office:     D4.1.064

Office hours: by appointment

WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
Department of Economics
Building D4, 2nd floor
Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna

What explains the global political order? How do powerful nations diffuse their institutions, norms and laws into dependent nations?

These were some of the questions I got interested in when I worked with the International Red Cross in Africa, Asia and Central Europe.

As an academic, my research programme explores these questions in the period of British decolonization in the mid-20th century. I am interested to learn how human agents - here British colonial bureaucrats already on their way out -  created the institutional framework on which liberal or modern coordinated market economies typically rest. There is quite some heterogeneity among former British colonies and the project explores to which extent this is related to the institutional variations (hybrids) introduced by individual senior bureaucrats.

I hold a PhD in Economics and a BA in Political Science. I have conducted research at the Universities of Warwick, Groningen and Vienna. From 2014 to 2015 I was a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. I am planning an ERC Synergy Grant together with colleagues from Germany and the Netherlands.


Development Economics

International Economics and Political Economy

Governance and Institutions

Research Projects

Principal Investigator in Project „Decolonization, institutions and economic development” (2019-​2021), funded by OeNB’s Anniversary Fund (project 18157).

Principal Investigator in Project „Bureaucrats, Transplant and lnstitutional Quality ll" (2016-2019), funded by the FWF Austrian Science Fund (project J-3848G28).

Vita including publications