Bernd Beber is a scientist at the RWI Berlin office. He received his BA summa cum laude from Harvard University and a PhD with honors in political science from Columbia University. He then spent a research fellowship at Nuffield College at Oxford University, was an assistant professor at New York University, taught at Humboldt University in Berlin, and most recently worked as a researcher in the research units Migration, Integration, Transnationalization and Institutions and Political Inequality at Berlin Science Center for Social Research, where he continues to be a visiting scientist. His main areas of work are political conflict and development economics, the role of international institutions in fragile societies and the causes and consequences of migration, particularly with regard to causal inference and in sub-Saharan Africa. In a leading role, Beber has developed and supervised field projects in Nigeria, Liberia, Sudan and South Sudan and is currently part of the scientific management for rigorous impact evaluations in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, which the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) undertook as part of the specially commissioned initiative on training and employment. Beber is a member of the research working group of the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), the Swedish institution for peace, security and development.