Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank
David McKenzie is a Lead Economist in the World Bank’s Development Research Group. He received his B.Com.(Hons)/B.A. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. Prior to joining the World Bank, he spent four years as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Stanford University.
His work on migration includes evaluating the development impacts of permanent and seasonal worker programs in the Pacific, financial education programs for migrants, work on Mexican migrant self-selection, efforts to facilitate migration in the Philippines, and methodological work on sampling and surveying migrants. He has published more than 100 articles and is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Development Economics, the World Bank Economic Review, and Migration Studies. He is also a co-founder and regular contributor to the Development Impact blog.
Recent work by David McKenzie
A new personal initiative training programme outperformed traditional business training in increasing profits for informal firms in Togo
Providing information and assistance to informal firms increases formalisation, but the cost of the intervention is likely prohibitively high
An experiment in Nigeria suggests that business plan competitions can effectively identify entrepreneurs capable of utilising capital to spur growth
Studies suggest that vocational training, employment subsidies, and matching programmes have limited effect in increasing employment or wages
Survey of more than 20,000 small firms suggests better business practices are correlated with higher productivity, firm profits, and rates of survival
Better management of Indian firms could lead to massive improvements in productivity and performance