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Dr. Elena Groß

Elena Groß

Contact Information

Room:1.0 02 146 (RW I)
Phone:+49 (0) 921 - 55 6107
Consultation hour:upon appointment

Research Interests

Program and Impact Evaluation Methods, Development Aid Effectiveness, Water and Sanitation, Improved Agricultural Practices and Farmer’s Behavior, Health economics, Migration, Sub-Saharan Africa.


Elena Groß is affiliated to the Development Economics Research Group of Prof. Stephan Klasen, PhD., at the University of Göttingen.

Elena Groß is a PostDoc of the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) of the University of Bayreuth.


2014-2018 Impact Evaluation of the Dutch Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) in cooperation with Erasmus University Rotterdam, funded by Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RvO) (Principle Investigator Ghana Projects)

2014 Evaluation of the Dutch ORET Fund 2007-2012 in cooperation with Erasmus University Rotterdam, funded by Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Policy and Evaluation Department (IOB) (Principle Investigator Ghana and Sudan Projects)

2013 HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (Swiss NGO) – Water & Sanitation, Impact Evaluation Northern Benin (Borgou) (Co-Principle Investigator)

2008-2010 Impact Evaluation Project of the national drinking water supply and sanitation program in rural Benin behalf of Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Policy and Evaluation Department (IOB), German Ministry of Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Kreditanstalt für Wideraufbau (KfW) (PhD Student)

This Project won the PEGNet Best Practice Award for effective cooperation between research and practice in 2012.

Refereed Publication

Gross, E., and I. Günther (2014). Why do households invest in sanitation in rural Benin: Health, wealth, or prestige?, Water Resour. Res., 50, 83148329 8314–8329, doi: 10.1002/2014WR015899

Gross, E., Günther, I., and Y. Schipper (forthcoming). Women: Walking and Waiting for Water: The Time Value of Public Water Supply. Economic Development and Cultural Change. 

Contributions to Policy Reports

IOB/BMZ (2011). The risk of vanishing effects: Impact evaluation of drinking water supply and sanitation projects in rural Benin. Report

IOB (2015). Work in Progress. Evaluation of the ORET Programe: Investing in Public Infrastructure in Developing Countries. IOB Evaluation No.402

Other Publications

Groß, E. und S. Klasen (2012). Linkages between economic and health outcomes: Options for interventions for better health, in: Kappas, M., Groß, U. und D. Kelleher (eds): Global health – A Challenge for Interdisciplinary Research, published in Universitätsverlag Göttingen, S. 37-44.


Working Papers

Groß, E., Günther, I. and Y. Schipper (2016). Public water provision under information asymmetries: Improved water sources causing unsafe water handling Working Paper. (submitted)

Gross, E. and O. Elshiewy (2016). A Random-Utility Model for Analyzing Determinants of Choosing Improved Public Water Sources. Working paper. (submitted)

Gross, E. and F. Nowak-Lehmann (2016). What effect does development aid have on productivity in recipient countries? Working paper. (submitted)

Asiedu, E. and E. Gross (2016). Can differences in benefits affect irrigation schemes? Experimental Evidence from Northern Ghana. Working paper.


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