Joris Mueller

Joris Mueller

Economics PhD Candidate

Northwestern University


I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Northwestern University Department of Economics. My research focuses on the political economy of development, with particular emphasis on understanding the connection between economic forces and political instability in developing countries. In my job market paper, I study the determinants and consequences of Chinese foreign aid and other overseas finance. In other work, I document how nation-building policies, digital media and agricultural productivity affect political stability.

I will be on the job market during the 2021-2022 academic year.


Job market website:


  • Development Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Economic History
  • Applied Microeconomics


  • PhD in Economics, 2022 (expected)

    Northwestern University

  • MSc Economics, 2016 (with Distinction)

    London School of Economics and Political Science

  • BA Economics, 2014 (summa cum laude)

    University of Zurich

Working papers