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Stefan Dercon

Non resident Senior Fellow

Stefan Dercon is the Professor of Development Economics at the University of Oxford and the Chief Economist at the Department for International Development, UK Government. He is also a Professorial Fellow at Wolfson College Oxford. Prior to this he has held positions at UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Addis Ababa University. His research interest lies in risk and poverty, agriculture and rural institutions, political economy, childhood poverty, social and geographic mobility, micro-insurance, and measurement issues related to poverty and vulnerability. Much of his work involves the collection and analysis of longitudinal data sets, and is involved in a number of field experiments related to health insurance in Kenya, and several in Ethiopia including selling drought insurance to funeral groups, raising aspirations in poor rural families and studying the impact of factory jobs on wellbeing. 


Dercon received his PhD in Economics from Oxford University. 


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