Ruben van Zoest holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Leiden University. Before joining the Hertie School, he spent five months at the Economic Governance Support Unit at the European Parliament as a Schuman Trainee. His primary research interests lie in the field of the political economy of development, including regime and resource-curse dynamics. He is particularly passionate about the causal relationship between technocratic decision-making and macroeconomic outcomes.
Master’s thesis title
Tracing roving and stationary bandits: Did longer autocratic time horizons contribute to greater economic diversifcation in the resource-cursed developing world?