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Dr. Kati Krähnert

Dr. Kati Krähnert
Working Group Leader
Contact:
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Telegraphenberg A62 / 2.08
Phone: +49 (0)331 288 2531
Email: kraehnert[at]pik-potsdam.de
Postal Address
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Profile

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 developing countries.

She leads, jointly with Christoph Gornott, the Working Group "Adaptation in Agricultural Systems".

Research Interests

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 research group 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.

Selected Publications
Journal articles

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.


Projects

BMBF
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
(HAZARDS)
Grant: 503,000 Euro

Joint application with Edzer Pebesma (University of Münster)

Project leader and principal investigator

Project duration: 2015-2019


BMBF
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

Awards
  • 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)

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