Former Team Members

Michael Brottrager

Research Assistant



I am currently studying in the Master’s programme of Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Focusing on Applied Econometrics, I am particularly interested in development of strategies to deal with problems of sample selection, endogenous treatment, and endogenous participation for ordinal, count, and binary variables. Furthermore, I have also strong interest on human capital and economic growth, dynamics of religious beliefs and scientific-economic development, migration, inequality and public sector economics. Before joining the TransRe Team, I worked as Data Analyst developing economic models for real time national and global poverty projections.

Besides being part of the TransRe Team, I am part of a small research group working on modeling global forced migration flows in the wake of the Arab Spring.


Bachelor Thesis:

Brottrager, M. (2015): Greed and Grievance in Civil War: Economic Motivations In Third Party Intervention Decisions. (unpublished)

Supervisor: Univ. Prof. Dr. Jesus Crespo Cuaresma

Master Thesis:

Brottrager, M. (in progress): Endogenous Treatment Effects for Count Data Models with Endogenous Participation - Analysing Intensive and Extensive Margins of Smoking Behaviour. (unpublished)

Supervisor: Univ. Prof. Dr. Jesus Crespo Cuaresma

Working Papers:

Crespo Cuaresma, J.; Fengler, W.; Kharas, H.; Bekhtiar, K.; Brottrager, M.; Hofer, M. : Tracking Global Poverty in Real Time with a World Poverty Clock, submitted.

Abel, G.; Brottrager, M.; Crespo Cuaresma, J.; Muttatarak, R. : Climate, Conflict, Migration.


Brottrager, M. (2017): PAA Annual Meeting. The Population Association of America (PAA), Chicago, Illinois, USA. April 2017.

Melanie Deter

Research Assistant

01/2016 - 03/2017


I am currently studying in the Master’s programme of Geography at the University of Bonn. Focusing on development and globalization, I am particularly interested in global inequality, mobility, and migration. So far, I have had several internships in East Africa (Tanzania and Kenya) and my Bachelor’s thesis on constructions of spatial identities and geographical imaginations focuses on that region. I worked as a student assistant for TransRe from January 2016 to March 2017.

Research Interests

Regional : East Africa
Thematic: Social Geography, New Cultural Geography


Deter, M. (2015): Eine Reise zu einer anderen Geographie der Welt? Auswirkungen von Auslandsaufenthalten auf raumbezogene Identitätskonstruktionen am Beispiel von weltwärts. (unpublished) (BA Thesis)


Deter, M. (2016): Methodological Challenges in Environmental Migration Research: Take-home Messages from TransRe Midterm Conference Blog: Connecting the spots - Notes on migration and environment from a geographical perspective, Nov. 2016.

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