Jean-Philippe Stijns joined the OECD in mid-2009 and works as an Economist with the OECD Development Centre. He currently focuses on development finance, fiscal policy and competitiveness in African countries. He is the lead author of ”Can we still Achieve the Millennium Development Goals? From Costs to Policies”, a Development Centre Study published by the OECD that estimates the costs and the policy options for achieving the MDGs by 2015.
Jean-Philippe is also the lead author of the thematic chapter of the 2011 edition of the African Economic Outlook (AEO) on “Africa and its Emerging Partners”. This edition looked at the new geography of Africa’s economic partnerships – including China, India, Brazil, Turkey, Korea for example. He is the lead author of the thematic chapter of the 2010 edition of the African Economic Outlook on “Public Resource Mobilisation and Aid’. That edition took stock of the state of tax collection in African countries and of policy options to deepen and widen the tax base in a fair and effective manner.
He began his career at the Center of Research in Public Economics and Population Economics (CREPP) at the University of Liège as a Research Fellow. He has served as an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University; and worked as a Strategist for ING, the Dutch bank. Jean-Philippe received a joint B.A.-M.A. in Economics from the University of Liège, Belgium and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.