Dr Michael Jetter

Started at UWA: 2015

Researcher and Associate Professor interested in understanding what drives terrorism, conflicts, corruption and gender differences

The most important part of my work is the opportunity to investigate important topics about which we don’t know enough yet.Dr Michael Jetter

Dr Michael Jetter is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at the UWA Business School. Having studied in Heidelberg (Germany) and Memphis (US), Michael began working at the Universidad EAFIT in Medellin (Colombia) in 2011. In 2015, he moved to UWA.

He specialises in political economy and public economics topics, specifically in isolating causal effects when it comes to terrorism, civil conflict and war, gender differences and the media. His research explores important questions that go beyond an academic environment, such as ‘does media coverage of terrorism cause terrorism?’ and ‘are gender differences innate or circumstantial?’

Dr Jetter’s research has featured in media outlets across the globe, including The Guardian, Forbes, BBC,  the Neue Zuercher Zeitung, NPR (US), The Drum, The Conversation, ABC News, Teleantioquia Global and The Huffington Post.


  • BA Economics, University of Memphis, 2007
  • PhD Economics, University of Memphis, 2011

External positions:

  • IZA Research Fellow, Bonn, Germany
  • CESifo Research Affiliate, Center for Economic Studies, Munich, Germany

Published in the Journal of Public Economics, 2017

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Published in the European Economic Review, 2017 and 2019

Published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2015 and 2017

Published in World Development, 2015 and 2018

Published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2019



Awards and grants



  • BHP Billiton Distinguished Research Award


  • Winner Dean’s Best Paper Prize
  • BHP Billiton Distinguished Research Award
  • Ahern Family Early Career Researcher Portfolio Prize


  • Startup research grant UWA
  • Research Grant Universidad EAFIT

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