EDI Statement on the death of Stephan Klasen
This week, the EDI Team were informed that one of our researchers under the RA4 Case Studies work, Professor Stephan Klasen, sadly passed away on Wednesday. Professor Klasen was a highly respected and well-liked Professor of Development Economics at the University of Göttingen. He had been leading EDI-funded research on ‘Asset ownership and female empowerment: Evidence from a natural experiment in Pakistan’. His working paper, co-authored by Dr. Sarah Khan and Dr. Atika Pasha, was published this week on the EDI website.
EDI Programme Director, Professor Jean-Philippe Platteau, released the following statement:
On behalf of EDI Research Director François Bourguignon, Scientific Committee member, Thierry Verdier, and the EDI Team at OPM, I am sorry to convey the tragic news of the passing away of Stephan Klasen, who was a member of EDI as a project leader under RA4 and member of our thematic commission on gender. It is an amazing feat that he could survive a painstaking illness for many more years than initially prognosed. This is no doubt due to the fantastic support he received from his family and his passion for research. Stephan was a fully dedicated person, driven by essential questions, totally reliable and equipped with remarkable human qualities. It was a great chance to be able to work with him. He was a man with only one word and he always stuck to the promises he made.
We will greatly miss him and pass our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.