Prof. Hodler is Professor of Economics at the University of St.Gallen and Research Fellow at CEPR, CESifo and OxCarre. He holds a PhD from the University of Bern. Before moving to St.Gallen, he worked at the University of Melbourne and the University of Lucerne.
His research covers topics in development and political economy. His interests include how ethnic diversity, natural resources, and foreign aid affect economic and human development, as well as conflict, corruption, and favoritism. He frequently works with geographic data on African countries.
His research has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and has been covered by the BBC, the Economist, the Guardian, Le Monde, the NZZ, and the Washington Post.
He is also a member of the Bayelsa State Oil and Environment Commission. This commission is developing proposals for management reform of the oil industry in the Niger Delta with the aim of reversing environmental degradation and improving local living conditions.