Jan Willem Gunning

Jan Willem Gunning is emeritus professor of development economics at the VU University Amsterdam. Previously he was a professor at the University of Oxford where he directed the Centre for the Study of African Economies. He has also been a staff member of the World Bank in Washington DC and has long been active in the African Economic Research Consortium in Nairobi. He is a co-founder and former president of the European Development Research Network (EUDN) and a board member of the Amsterdam Institute for International Development (AIID).

He studied in the US (liberal arts at Davidson College) and The Netherlands (econometrics at Groningen) and obtained his doctorate in the UK (Oxford). His research interests include impact evaluation, poverty dynamics, and the effect of risk on growth in rural societies. Much of his work involves the collection and micro-economic analysis of survey data for households or firms. Currently he works on impact evaluation of NGOs and on the welfare impact of changes in transport costs in rural Ethiopia.

He holds an honorary doctorate of the University of Auvergne (France), awarded for his leading role in economic research on Africa, and is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). He serves on the KNAW Board as the Academy’s general secretary.

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