Simon Heß (sometimes: Hess)

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I am an applied microeconomist interested in economic development and causal inference. My research broadly focuses on social and economic networks and on impact evaluations of development interventions. Currently, I am a postdoc at the Chair of Development Economics at Goethe University Frankfurt, where I obtained my PhD in 2020, advised by Professor Matthias Schündeln. For my dissertation, I was awarded the Young Researcher Award of the German Economic Association’s Group on Development Economics.

I am available for interviews during the virtual EEA meeting and the virtual ASSA/AEA meeting.

My preferred pronouns are he/him/his.

Download my CV or reach out: @econ.


Altruism and the Topology of Transfer Networks

Environmental Effects of Development Programs: Experimental Evidence from West African Dryland Forests

Development Projects and Economic Networks: Lessons From Rural Gambia

Randomization Inference with Stata: A Guide and Software


ritest - randomization inference for Stata

ivcvscore - Stata program to compute covariance-weighted z-scores (see Anderson, 2008)

geocodehere - Stata program for geocoding using HERE maps

colorscatter - vary colors in scatterplots by values of a third variable in Stata