Stefan Dercon

Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies and Fellow of Jesus College; Professor of Economic Policy in the Blavatnik School of Government and Economics Department at University Of Oxford

Stefan Dercon is an economist working on the economies of developing countries, and a Professorial Fellow at Jesus College. A previous Chief Economist at DFID, 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.