Dr. Kati Krähnert

FutureLab Leader

Kati is a development economist. She holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Humboldt University of Berlin (2010) and a MA in Social Anthropology and Economics from Free University Berlin (2005). Her research focuses on the economic impact of climate change on households in low- and middle-income countries.

She leads the FutureLab Inequality, Human Well-Being and Development


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 2531
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam

The aim of my research is to provide new insights on the impact of climate change on households in developing countries, applying state-of-the-art methods, in order to advise policy stakeholders. A major part of life in many developing countries is coping with extreme weather events, such as droughts, floods, and storms, as well as gradual changes caused by climate change. In these countries, public safety nets and formal insurance are often quite limited, unable to prevent a vicious cycle of poverty, extreme events, and underdevelopment. In my research, I investigate these issues from an applied microeconomic perspective. I also evaluate the effectiveness of policy measures designed to strengthen the resilience of households. Empirical research on household-level adaptation to climate change in developing countries is constrained by a lack of longer-term panel data. To overcome this limitation, most of my research builds on novel, carefully designed household panel data which I collect with my team in the field. To implement my research agenda, I acquire large-scale research grants that are funded, for example, by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and Volkswagen Foundation.

Journal articles

Teickner, H., Knoth, C., Bartoschek, T., Kraehnert, K., Vigh, M., Purevtseren, M., Sugar, M., and Pebesma, E. (2020) Patterns in Mongolian nomadic household movement derived from GPS trajectories. Applied Geography 120, DOI 10.1016/j.apgeog.2020.102270.

Kraehnert, K., Brück, T., Di Maio, M., and Nisticò, R. (2019) The effects of conflict on fertility: Evidence from the genocide in Rwanda. Demography 56(3), 935-968.

Bertram-Huemmer, V. and Kraehnert, K. (2018) Does index insurance help households recover from disaster? Evidence from IBLI Mongolia. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 100(1), 145-171.

Groppo, V. and Kraehnert, K. (2017) The impact of extreme weather events on education. Journal of Population Economics 30(2), 433-472.

Lehmann-Uschner, K. and Kraehnert, K. (2017) Food intake and the role of food self-provisioning. Journal of Development Studies 53(8), 1303-1322.

Groppo, V. and Kraehnert, K. (2016) Extreme weather events and child health: Evidence from Mongolia. World Development 86, 59-78.

Giesbert, L. and Schindler, K. (2012) Assets, shocks, and poverty traps in rural Mozambique. World Development 40, 1594-1609.

Schindler, K. (2010) Credit for what? Informal credit as a coping strategy of market women in Northern Ghana. Journal of Development Studies 46(2), 234-253.

Brück, T. and Schindler, K. (2009) Smallholder land access in post-war Northern Mozambique. World Development 37(8), 1379-1389.

Brück, T. and Schindler, K. (2009) The impact of violent conflicts on households: What do we know and what should we know about war widows? Oxford Development Studies 37(3), 289-309.

Policy reports

Kraehnert, K. and Bertram-Huemmer, V. (2018) Indexbasierte Wetterversicherung hilft Haushalten, sich von extremen Wetterereignissen zu erholen. DIW Wochenbericht 40/2018.

Kraehnert, K. and Groppo, V. (2018) Folgen extremer Wetterereignisse hindern viele Kinder in der Mongolei am Schulbesuch. DIW Wochenbericht 40/2018.

Lehmann-Uschner, K. and Kraehnert, K. (2018) Extreme Wetterereignisse bedrohen die Lebensgrundlage der Viehhalter in der Mongolei. DIW Wochenbericht 40/2018.

Bug, M., Kraehnert, K. and Kroh, M. (2015) Kriminalität und Innere Sicherheit: Objektive Lage und Wahrnehmung durch Medien und Politik: Editorial. Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung 2, 5-10.

Groppo, V. and Kraehnert, K. (2014) Die Auswirkungen von extremen Wetterereignissen auf die Größe von Kindern: Evidenz aus der Mongolei. DIW Wochenbericht 46/2014.

Schindler, K. (2011) Neue Chancen für Frauen in Nachkriegs-Gesellschaften? Der Fall Ruanda. DIW Wochenbericht 4/2011.

Giesbert, L. and Schindler, K. (2011) Das Erbe des Bürgerkrieges in Mosambik: Landbevölkerung verharrt in Armut. DIW Wochenbericht 4/2011.

Project title: Assisting households to adapt to climate change (ADAPT)

Grant: 821,000 Euro

Project leader and principal investigator

Project duration: 2019-2022

Volkswagen Foundation
Project title: Herders coping with hazards in Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia
Grant: 503,000 Euro

Joint application with Edzer Pebesma (University of Münster)

Project leader and principal investigator

Project duration: 2015-2019

Project title: Coping with shocks in Mongolia (Shocks Mongolia)
Grant: 630,000 Euro

Joint application with Tilman Brück (DIW Berlin)

Project leader and principal investigator

Project duration: 2012-2016

  • University Meets Microfinance Award for PhD students awarded to my co-author V. Bertram-Hümmer for our joint paper on index insurance (2015)
  • Selected for the mentoring program of Leibniz Association (2013)
  • Postdoc research scholarship for research stay at Yale University awarded by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (2011-2012)
  • Short-term scholarship to conduct PhD field research in Mozambique awarded by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (2008)
  • Short-term scholarship to conduct PhD field research in Rwanda awarded by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (2007)
  • PhD scholarship awarded by DIW Berlin (2005-2009)
  • Full academic scholarship awarded by Wake Forest University, US (2001-2002)