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 Economies.

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Working Papers

"Agriculture in African Development: A Review of Theories and Strategies," (2014),  CSAE Working Paper Series 2014-22, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford. (with Douglas Gollin)

"Insurance companies of the poor," (2014), CEPR Discussion Papers 10278, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers. (with Tessa Bold)

"The Price of Empowerment: Experimental Evidence on Land Titling in Tanzania," (2014), CSAE Working Paper Series 2014-23, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford. (with Daniel Ayalew Ail, Matthew Collin, Klaus Deininger, Justin Sandefur and Andrew Zeitlin)

"Climate Change, Green Growth and Aid Allocation to Poor Countries," (2014), CSAE Working Paper Series 2014-24, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford.

"The Future in Mind: Aspirations and Forward-Looking Behaviour in Rural Ethiopia, (2014), " CEPR Discussion Papers 10224, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers. (with Tanguy Bernard, Kate Orkin and Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse)

"Is green growth good for the poor ?," (2012), Policy Research Working Paper Series 6231, The World Bank.



“Will Video Kill the Radio Star? Assessing the Potential of Targeted Exposure to Role Models through Video”, 2015, The World Bank Economic Review, Vol. 29 (suppl 1), pp. S226-S37. (with Bernard, Tanguy, Kate Orkin and Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse).

“Child Development in a Changing World: Risks and Opportunities”, 2015, The World Bank Research Observer, Vol. 30 (2), pp. 193-219 (with Jo Boyden and Abhijeet Singh).

“Focus on environmental risks and migration: Causes and consequences”, 2015, Environmental Research Letters, Vol. 10 (6). (with Neil Adger, Nigel W. Arnell, Richard Black, Andrew Geddes and David S. G. Thomas)

“Live Aid Revisited: Long-term impacts of the 1984 Ethiopian famine on children”, 2014, Journal of the European Economic Association. (with Catherine Porter)

"Aid and Agency in Africa: Explaining Food Disbursements Across Ethiopian Households 1994-2004", 2014, Journal of Development Economics, (with N. Broussard and R. Somanathan) pdf

"Agriculture in African Development: A Review of Theories and Strategies”, 2014, Annual Review of Resource Economics, Vol. 6, pp. 471-92. (with Douglas Gollin)

"Is Green Growth good for the Poor?", 2014, World Bank Research Observerpdf

"Climate Change, Green Growth and Aid Allocation to Poor Countries", 2014, Oxford Review of Economic Policypdf

”Offering rainfall insurance to informal insurance groups: Evidence from a field experiment in Ethiopia”, 2014, Journal of Development Economics, 106, pp 132-143. (with R.V.Hill, D.Clarke, I.Outes-Leon, A.Seyoum Taffesse) pdf

“African Agriculture in 50 years: smallholders in a rapidly changing world?”, 2014 World Development. (with Paul Collier) pdf

“School Meals as a Safety Net: An Evaluation of the Midday Meal Scheme in India” 2014, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 62(2), pp 275-306. (with A. Singh and A. Park) pdf  

“Vulnerability to individual and aggregate poverty”, 2013, Social Choice and Welfare, 41 (4), pp. 721-740 (with C. Calvo).pdf

"School Inputs, Household Substitution, and Test Scores," 2013,  American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 5(2), 2013, pp. 29-57. (with J. Das, J. Habyarimana, P.Krishnan, K.Muralidharan and V. Sundararaman) pdf

“Changing Living Standards in Southern Indian Villages 1975–2006: Revisiting the ICRISAT Village Level Studies”, 2013, Journal of Development Studies, 40(12). pp.1676-93. (with P.Krishnan and S.Krutikova) pdf

“Agriculture and development: revisiting the policy narratives, Agricultural Economics, 2013, 44 (s1 November), pp. 183-187pdf

“Height in mid childhood and psychosocial competencies in late childhood:   Evidence from four developing countries”, Economics and Human Biology, 2013, 11 (4) pp.426-432. (with A. Sánchez).pdf

"From Nutrition to Aspirations and Self-Efficacy: Gender Bias over Time among Children in Four Countries," 2013, World Development, vol. 45(C), pp 31-50 (with A.Singh)pdf

“Growth and Chronic Poverty: Evidence from rural communities in Ethiopia”, 2011, (with John Hoddinott and Tassew Woldehanna), Journal of Development Studies,48(2), pages 238-253.pdf

“Triggers and Characteristics of the 2007 Kenyan Electoral Violence”, 2011, (with Roxana Gutierrez-Romero), World Development, 40(4), pp.731-744.

"Political Connections and Social Networks in Targeted Transfer Programmes: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia," 2011, (with Bet Caeyers), Economic Development and Cultural Change, 60(4), pp. 639 – 675.

"Migration and Economic Mobility in Tanzania: Evidence from a Tracking Survey" (with Kathleen Beegle and Joachim De Weerdt), Review of Economics and Statistics, August 2011, 93: 1010-1033.

"Consumption risk, technology adoption, and poverty traps: evidence from Ethiopia," (with L.Christiaensen), (2011) Journal of Development Economics, 96(2): 159-173

"Information Flows and Social Externalities in a Tanzanian Banana Growing Village", (with Katleen Van den Broeck), (2011) Journal of Development Studies, 47(2): 231-25.

"Property Rights in a Very Poor Country: Tenure Insecurity and Investment in Ethiopia", (2011), (with Daniel Ayalew and Madhur Gautam), Agricultural Economics 42 (1). 75-86.

"Orphanhood and human capital destruction : is there persistence into adulthood?", 2010, (with Kathleen Beegle and Joachim De Weerdt), Demography,Vol.47, No.1, February (2010), pp. 163-180.

"Poverty and the Psychosocial Competencies of Children: Evidence from the Young Lives Sample in Four Developing Countries", (2009), (with P. Krishnan), Children, Youth and Environments 19(2), 138-163.

“The intergenerational impact of the African orphans crisis: a cohort study from an HIV/AIDS affected area”, (2009) with K.Beegle and J.De Weerdt), International Journal of Epidemiology, 38 (2): 561-568.

“Rural Poverty: Old Challenges in New Contexts”, (2009), World Bank Research Observer vol. 24: Spring, pp. 1-28