Dr Ralph Hippe

Post Doctoral Researcher

Ralph works on the project entitled 'Green growth and a new industrial revolution', directed by Dr Roger Fouquet| and financed by the Global Green Growth Institute|.


Ralph holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Strasbourg, BETA/CNRS (France) and the University of Tuebingen (Germany) (summa cum laude). His thesis focused on human capital formation and economic growth.

At the same time, he also worked as a Research Assistant at Sciences Po Strasbourg (France) and the University of Tuebingen (Germany). 

Ralph speaks English, French, Spanish and German. 

Research programmes

Research interests

  • Green growth 
  • Human capital
  • Structural change
  • Economic development
  • Spatial and regional analysis

Research articles


Hippe, R. 2013. Spatial clustering of human capital in the European regions. Economies et sociétés, AF, v.46, pp.1077-1104.

Hippe, R. 2013. Are you NUTS? The factors of production and their long-run evolution in Europe from a regional perspective. Historical Social Research, v.38, pp.324-348.


Hippe, R. 2012. How to measure human capital? The relationship between numeracy and literacy. Economies et sociétés, AF, v.45, pp.1527-1554. External link to full PDF|

Hippe, R., and J. Baten. 2012. Regional inequality in human capital formation in Europe 1790-1880. Scandinavian Economic History Review, v. 60, pp. 254-289 (article won a best-article prize of the SEHR). External link to full PDF


Hippe, R., and C. Barmeyer. 2009. Banane bleue et Banane rouge. L’exemple de l’Alsace dans les relations économiques, Documents. Revue du dialogue franco-allemand, v. 65, pp.14-18 (also published in German translation as Barmeyer, C., and R. Hippe. 2009. Blaue Banane und Rote Banane. Die deutsch-französischen Wirtschaftsbeziehungen im Elsass, Dokumente. Zeitschrift für den deutsch-französischen Dialog, v. 65, pp.8-13).

Contact details


Ralph Hippe