Stefan Dercon

Professor of Economic Policy (joint with the Blavatnik school of Government) and Director of CSAE


Stefan Dercon is Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department, and a Fellow of Jesus College. He is also Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economics.

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Research Interests

Despite currently holding the post of Chief Economist at the UK Department of International Development, I am remain research active. I am a development economist applying microeconomics and statistics to problems of development. My interests are diverse, including research on risk and poverty, the foundations of growth in poor societies, agriculture and rural institutions, migration, political economy, childhood poverty, social and geographic mobility, micro-insurance, and measurement issues related to poverty and vulnerability.

Much of my work involves the collection and analysis of longitudinal data sets, and I am closely involved in 7 on-going longitudinal surveys focusing on rural households in Ethiopia (ERHS), Tanzania (KHDS), and India (new ICRISAT VLS), and on children in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam (Young Lives). I am also involved in a number of intervention-based (RCT) research projects on extending health insurance (Kenya), raising aspirations (rural Ethiopia), offering drought insurance to funeral societies (Ethiopia) and the returns to firm jobs (Ethiopia).