Professor of Economic Policy, Blavatnik School of Government and Economics Department, University of Oxford
Stefan Dercon is an economist working on the economies of developing countries, and a Professorial Fellow at Jesus College. He has served for 6 years as Chief Economist at DFID, the UK government department in charge of UK's international development efforts. His research interests concern what keeps some people and countries poor: the failures of markets, governments and politics, mainly in Africa, and how to change this. Current work focuses on the psychological challenges of poverty, the political economy of development, the challenges of industrialisation in Africa, and how to prepare for and finance responses to natural disasters and protracted humanitarian crises.
Recent work by Stefan Dercon
In political environments with limited data, how can we ensure that aid has impact?
Stefan Dercon, former Chief Economist at DFID, on the importance of being receptive to new ideas and how to use bits of evidence to inform a decision...
An experiment shows that public servants make errors when interpreting data, incorrectly concluding that it aligns with their ideological preferences