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Seidler Valentin

Valentin Seidler

Dr. Valentin Seidler, BA

phone:     +43 1 31336 6113


office:     D4.1.060

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.

I am currently working on questions of good governance – in particular, why well-intended reforms often fail to create political stability and accountability.

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.


  • International Political Economy

  • Governance and Institutions

  • Development Economics

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).

find here my CV and here my publications