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Daniel CohenDaniel Cohen is Professor of Economics at the École Normale Supérieure and Paris I University, and Director of the Centre for Economic Research and Application (CEPREMAP) of the Paris School of Economics. He is a member of the French Prime Minister's Economic Analysis Council (CAE). He was also Co-Director of the International Macroeconomic Programme of the Economic Policy Research Centre (CEPR) in London. Daniel Cohen describes himself as a pragmatic economist; his research focuses on the economics of debt and output of developing countries. He is also a columnist for Le Monde newspaper and was designated Economist of the Year in 1997 for his work Richesse du Monde, pauvretés des nations which was awarded best economic book from the French Senate in 2000.

Cai FangCai Fang is currently Director of the Institute of Population and Labor Economics (IPLE) and Director of the Human Resources Research Center at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). He is the Delegate of the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and a Member of the Standing Committee and the Committee of Agriculture and Rural Areas of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC). His research focuses on theories and policies of agricultural economics, labour economics, population economics, China's economic reform, economic growth, distribution of income and poverty. He was awarded the Zhang Peigang Development Economics Prize and Soft Science Prize. He is on the editorial boards of Social Sciences in China and Economic Studies. He serves as Vice President of the China Population Association, as Vice Chairman of the China Committee of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) and is a Member of the Advisory Committee of the National Plan of China.

Pedro CarneiroPedro Carneiro is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at University College London, a Research Economist at the Economic and Social Research Council's Centre of Microdata Methods and Practice, and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. At the University of Chicago, he worked with Professor James Heckman on human capital policy. He is a labour economist with strong interests in the economics of education and social policy evaluation, having studied the impact of heterogeneity in the evaluation of education policies and the contribution of education to overall inequality. He is currently working on the study of skill formation and human capital policy in a life-cycle perspective, notably the importance of credit constraints in post-secondary schooling and the determinants and consequences of public and private investments in children across a variety of countries.

Pierre-André ChiapporiPierre-André Chiappori is the E. Rowan and Barbara Steinschneider Professor of Economics at Columbia University. A former student of the École Normale Supérieure, he received a Masters in Mathematics at the Paris VI University in 1976 and a PhD in Economics at Paris I University in 1981. He has taught in France (Paris I University, École des hautes études en sciences sociales – EHESS, École Polytechnique, École Nationale Supérieure de l'Electronique et de ses Applications – ENSAE) before joining the University of Chicago as Professor of Economics. He has been a faculty member at Columbia since 2004. His research focuses on household behaviour, risk, insurance and contract theory, general equilibrium and mathematical economics. He has been involved in numerous conferences as organiser or keynote speaker and has been editor and co-editor of many international economic publications, including the Journal of Political Economy, published by the University of Chicago. He is a Fellow of the European Economic Association and of the Econometric Society.

Janet CurrieJanet Currie is the Sami Mnaymneh Professor of Economics at Columbia University and Director of the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She was elected Vice President of the American Economics Association in 2010. She has served on the Committee on Population of the National Academy of Sciences panel, as a member of the Advisory Board of the National Children's Study and as a consultant for the National Health Interview Survey and the National Longitudinal Surveys. She is a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists and an Affiliate of the University of Michigan's National Poverty Center and the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA). Her research focuses on the health and well-being of children. She has written about early intervention programmes, programmes to expand health insurance and improve health care, public housing, and food and nutrition programmes. Her current research focuses on socio-economic differences in child health and on environmental threats to children's health from sources such as toxic pollutants.

Janet CurrieStefan Dercon is the Course Director of the MSc in Economics for Development at Oxford University. His work focuses on the micro-level analysis of the dynamics of wealth and poverty – conceptually, theoretically and empirically. He is closely involved in the collection of long-term panel data sets in rural settings in Ethiopia, India and Tanzania. Recent work has mainly focused on risk, as well on HIV/AIDS, land rights, economic reform, technology adoption and migration. He has worked as an advisor to the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the World Food Programme (WFP) and various national governments. He is an Associate Editor of Oxford Economic Papers, Economic Development and Cultural Change and the World Bank Economic Review.

Esther DufloEsther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is also a founder and director of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a research network specialising in randomised evaluations of social programmes which won the first BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in 2009. Duflo has received numerous academic honours and prizes, including the first Calvo Armengol International Prize (2009), a MacArthur Fellowship (2009) and the John Bates Clark Medal (2010). Her research focuses on micro-economic issues in developing countries, including household behaviour, education, access to finance, health and policy evaluation. Duflo completed her undergraduate studies at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris in 1995 and completed a PhD in Economics at MIT in 1999. Upon completing her MIT PhD, she was appointed Assistant Professor of Economics at MIT, and has been at MIT ever since. She currently serves as the Founding Editor of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

Martine DurandMartine Durand was appointed Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2010. Formally the OECD Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, she currently oversees all of the OECD's statistical activities and is responsible for providing strategic orientation for the organisation's statistical policy. She is also responsible for OECD work on the measurement of well-being and the progress of societies. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles and publications in the area of international competitiveness, pensions, labour markets and international migration. She graduated in mathematics, statistics and economics from the Paris VI University, the École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Economique and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Raquel FernandezRaquel Fernandez is Professor of Economics at New York University (NYU). She is also a member of the Centre for the Study of Equality, Social Organisation and performance (ESOP) at the University of Oslo, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), has served as the Director of the Public Policy Programme of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). She has been a Panel Member of the National Science Foundation and a Program Committee Member of the Social Science Research Council. She has also served as Co-Editor of the Journal of International Economics and as an Associate Editor of the Review of Economic Dynamics and of Economia. Currently, she is on the Executive Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association and an advisor to the World Bank's World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development. She is the recipient of several National Science Foundation (NSF) grants and of a Spencer Fellowship from the National Academy of Education, and was awarded a National Fellow at the Hoover Institute and a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. Her most recent research is primarily in the areas of culture and economics, development and gender issues, inequality and political economy.

Francisco H. G. FerreiraFrancisco H. G. Ferreira is the Deputy Regional Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank. He is on leave from the Bank's Research Department, where he is a Lead Economist. He has published widely in the fields of poverty, inequality, and the political economy of development, with a focus on Latin America. He was a Co-Director of the team that wrote the 2006 World Development Report (Equity and Development) and sits on a number of editorial boards and scientific councils for professional associations in economics. He also enjoys teaching economics and has done so in Brazil, Canada, France, Italy and Russia.

Marc FleurbaeyMarc Fleurbaey is a former economist at INSEE (Paris), a former professor of economics at the Universities of Cergy-Pontoise and Pau (France), and is now a research director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. He has been a Lachmann Fellow and is now a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, a research associate at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE, Louvain-la-Neuve) and at the Institute for Public Economics (IDEP, Marseilles). He is a former editor of the journal Economics and Philosophy and is a managing editor of Social Choice and Welfare. He is the author of Fairness, Responsibility, and Welfare (Oxford 2008), a co-author of A Theory of Fairness and Social Welfare (with François Maniquet, Cambridge University Press, 2011), and the coeditor of several books, including Justice, Political Liberalism, and Utilitarianism: Themes from Harsanyi and Rawls (with Maurice Salles and John Weymark, Cambridge University Press, 2008). His research on normative and public economics and theories of distributive justice has focused in particular on the analysis of equality of opportunity and responsibility-sensitive egalitarianism and on seeking solutions to famous impossibilities of social choice theory.

Janet CurrieAlejandro Gaviria is currently the Dean of the Department of Economics at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. Before that, he was Deputy Director of the National Planning Department (Ministry of Planning, Colombia) and Deputy Director of Fedesarrollo, the leading Colombian think tank. His research work is on poverty and inequality, education, labour markets, and violence and crime. He has published his research in the Journal of Development Economics and the Review of Economics and Statistics among others. He was recently awarded the Juan Luis Londoño Medal of Honor, granted bi-annually to the most salient Colombian economist under 40.

Giorgia GiovannettiGiorgia Giovannetti is Full Professor of Economics at the University of Florence, part-time Professor at the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre, where she has acted as Project Director of the European Report on Development in 2009 and 2010. She has directed the Research Centre of the Italian Trade Institute (ICE) for two years and has been advising its president for the past five years. She has also been an advisor to the Italian Treasury and the Ministry of Foreign Trade. She is the scientific co-ordinator of the Fondazione Manlio Masi, an observatory on the internationalisation of small firms, and is member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) study group on globalisation. Her research interests include development economics, international trade, macro-economics and political economy. She has been working extensively on development issues (social protection and countries in situation of fragility in sub-Saharan Africa, foreign direct investments and growth), on the link between trade and foreign direct investments in developed, developing and emerging countries, on international economic policy and on firms' dynamics.

John C. HaltiwangerJohn C. Haltiwanger is Distinguished University Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland and served as Chief Economist of the US Census Bureau in the late 1990s. He is a Senior Research Fellow with the Longitudinal Employer Household Dynamics Program at the US Census Bureau, and a Research Associate of the Center for Economic Studies at the US Census Bureau as well as of the National Bureau of Economic Research. His recent research has exploited the newly created longitudinal establishment data bases and the longitudinal matched employer-employee data bases that are available at the Census Bureau. This research centres on the churning of firms, jobs and workers in the US economy and the implications of this churning for US productivity growth and the dynamics of the labour market.

Kyung Wook HurKyung Wook Hur took up his duties as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Korea to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Decelopment (OECD) on 14 May 2010. Ambassador Hur served as Korean Vice-Minister of Strategy and Finance before being appointed as the Head of the Korean Delegation to the OECD. After serving as Deputy Minister for International Affairs in the Ministry of Finance in 2007, Mr Hur was appointed Secretary to the President for the National Agenda in 2008. Beginning in 1979, Mr Hur spent most of his 30-year career in the Ministry of Finance; he spent one year at the Ministry of Planning and Budgeting as Director General in charge of the economic ministries budget and nine years in different international financial institutions. During his career at the Ministry of Finance, he filled various positions from Director General of the International Bureau in 2006 to Chief of Staff in 2005. He also carried out negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during the Asian financial crisis when he was Director of the International Financial Institutions Division in 1997. Mr Hur's international career began when he held a post as a Young Professional at the World Bank in 1988 and subsequently as Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). He returned to the World Bank as a Task Manager in the China Department between 1994 and 1997. He also worked at the IMF as a Senior Economist between 2001 and 2004.

Francis KramarzFrancis Kramarz is the Director of CREST-INSEE, the research branch of the French Statistical Institute. He is also an associate professor at the École Polytechnique. His main field is labour economics and labour micro-econometrics, with a particular focus on the interaction of product markets and labour markets. In particular, he and Professor John Abowd have developed new methods for analysing matched employer-employee panel data. He has published in Econometrica, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Labor Economics, Review of Economic and Statistics and other journals. He also wrote a chapter of the Handbook of Labor Economics (North-Holland, 1999). His current research tries to connect firms in globalisation with labour market outcomes (employment and wages). Francis Kramarz is a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR, UK) and, since October 1999, of the Intstitute of the Stufy of Labour (IZA).

Pramila KrishnanPramila Krishnan is Senior Lecturer in the Economics Faculty of Cambridge University and a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge.She began her academic life as an econometrician working on models of self-selection before seeing the light and moving on to work in development economics. Her research has concentrated on applied micro-economics and she has worked on topics ranging from household portfolios of poor households, to risk-sharing, intra-household allocation and informal insurance, social networks, non-cognitive skills and whether migrants might be both rich and happy.

Adriana KuglerAdriana Kugler is a Full Professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and Co-Director of the International Summer Institute on Policy Evaluation. She was Full and Associate Professor at the Economics Departments at the University of Houston and at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Her research interests include labour markets and policy evaluation in developed and developing countries. Her work includes contributions to the role of labour market regulations, unemployment and immigration. Professor Kugler is also recognised for her work in policy evaluation in the social sector in developing countries. Her contribution on the impact of policies and regulations was recognised with the 2007 John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association. More recently, one of her papers garnered the 2010 First Prize for Best Contribution in the area Globalisation, Regulations and Development from the Global Development Network.

Mustapha Kamel NabliMustapha Kamel Nabli is an economist and new govenor of the Central Bank of Tunisia. In addition to holding academic posts in Tunisia, he has been Minister for Economic Development and President of the Securities Stock Exchange, as well as an economics expert for the EU and the League of Arab Nations. Mustapha Kamel Nabli also ran the Middle East/North Africa division of the
World Bank.

Yaw NyarkoYaw Nyarko is a Professor of Economics at New York University (NYU) and the founding Director of NYU's Africa House. He is also the Co-Director of the Development Research Institute, the 2009 winner of the BBVA Foundation's Frontiers of Knowledge Award on Economic Development Co-operation. His research interests are in the area of economic development and theoretical economics. He has worked on models of human capital as engines of economic growth, as well as on brain drain and skills acquisition in the growth process, and is currently engaged in research on technology and economic development. He is the previous Vice Provost of New York University with a portfolio that included the establishment of NYU campuses in Africa and around the world.

Vito PeragineVito Peragine is currently Associate Professor of Public Economics at the University of Bari. His main expertise is in the area of public economics, particularly in the field of distributional analysis, social policy, economics of education, labour economics and fiscal federalism. His research work has also been published in the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Economic Surveys, Mathematical Social Sciences, Social Choice and Welfare, Economica and the Journal of Economic Inequality. He has been a consultant for public institutions such as the Department for Regional Policies and the Department for Rights and Equal Opportunities in the Italian Prime Minister's Office and for other national and local institutions.

Martin RavallioMartin Ravallion is Director of the Development Research Group of the World Bank. He has held various positions in the Bank since he joined as an economist in 1988. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE) and has taught economics at LSE, Oxford University, the Australian National University and Princeton University. His main research interests over the last 25 years have concerned poverty and policies for fighting it. He has advised numerous governments and international agencies on this topic and he has written extensively on this and other subjects in economics, including three books and over 180 papers in scholarly journals and edited volumes. He currently serves on the editorial boards of ten economics journals, is a Senior Fellow of the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development and a Founding Council Member of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.

Ana RevengaAna Revenga is the Director of the Poverty Reduction Group at the World Bank. Between 2005 and 2008, she was Lead Economist for Human Development and Manager for Labor and Social Protection in the East Asia and Pacific region. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked in the Research Department of the Central Bank of Spain and taught labour and international economics at the Centro de Estudios Monetarios and Financieros. She has published extensively on poverty, labour and trade issues, and has worked across a broad spectrum of low-, middle- and high-income countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. She was one of the authors of the 1995 World Development Report (Workers in an Integrating World) and contributed to the 2006 World Development Report (Equity and Development). She has a PhD in Economics from Harvard University and a degree in Human Rights from the Law Faculty at the University of Geneva.

John RoemerJohn Roemer is the Elizabeth S. and A. Varick Stout Professor of Political Science and Economics at Yale University. His current work concerns distributive justice, political economy and the relationship between them. Recent books are Racism, Xenophobia, and Redistribution (Harvard University Press, 2007), Democracy, Education and Equality (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Political Competition (Harvard University Press, 2001), Equality of Opportunity (Harvard Unicersity Press, 1998), Theories of Distributive Justice (Harvard University Press, 1996), and A Future for Socialism (Harvard University Press, 1994). His current interests include distributive justice in the presence of global warming. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and was a Fellow of the Guggenheim and Russell Sage Foundations.

Amartya SenAmartya Sen is a Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. Until recently, he was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has served as President of the Econometric Society, the Indian Economic Association, the American Economic Association and the International Economic Association. He was formerly Honorary President of OXFAM and is now its Honorary Advisor. His research has ranged across a number of fields in economics, philosophy and decision theory, including social choice theory, welfare economics, theory of measurement, development economics, moral and political philosophy and the economics of peace and war. Amartya Sen is a Fellow of the British Academy, Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the American Philosophical Society. Among the awards he has received are the Bharat Ratna (the highest honour awarded by the President of India), the Senator Giovanni Agnelli International Prize in Ethics, the Alan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger Award, the Edinburgh Medal, the Brazilian Ordem do Merito Cientifico (Grã-Cruz), the Presidency of the Italian Republic Medal, the Eisenhower Medal, Honorary Companion of Honour (UK) and the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Rodrigo R. SoaresRodrigo R. Soares is Associate Professor of Economics at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). His research centres on development economics, ranging from health, human capital and population to corruption, institutions and crime. In 2006, he was awarded the Kenneth J. Arrow Award from the International Health Economics Association for the best paper published internationally in the field of health economics, as well as the Haralambos Simeonidis Award for the best paper published by an economist affiliated with a Brazilian institution. Rodrigo Soares is also Affiliated Fellow at the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) and Research Affiliate at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Latin America Office (J-PAL Latin America). Since 2005, he has worked as a consultant for the World Bank on projects related to health, crime and violence, and since 2009, he has been a member of the International Advisory Board of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (UK).

Sudarno Sumarto Sudarno Sumarto is a Senior Research Fellow at the SMERU Research Institute (Indonesia) and Policy Adviser to the National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction (TNP2K), Office of the Vice President, Indonesia, on poverty issues and government poverty alleviation programmes. He was formerly a Visiting Fellow at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University for 2009-10 and for almost ten years served as the director of SMERU, an independent institute for research and public policy studies. He was also a lecturer at the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB), Bogor, Indonesia. Sudarno has spoken around the world on poverty and development issues and written and contributed to numerous research, including "The Effects of Location and Sectoral Components of Economic Growth on Poverty: Evidence from Indonesia" in the Journal of Development Economics, 2009.

Francis TealFrancis Teal is currently the Oxford University Director of the Global Poverty Research Group (GPRG) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). He has been a Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) at Oxford University since 1996. He has held positions in Tanzania at the Tanzania Investment Bank, in the UK at the National Institute of Economics and Social Research and the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), and in Australia at the Bureau of Agricultural Economics and the Australian National University. He has worked on a wide range of trade and development policy issues and is currently working on projects studying the evolution of firms in Africa, and employment and labour markets. He has published papers on both Africa and applied economic policy in the Journal of Public Economics, Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Development Studies, and Economic Development and Cultural Change.

Andrés VelascoAndrés Velasco is Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Center for International Development, Harvard University. He has published widely in the areas of international economics, economic development and political economy. His recent research looks into the causes of financial crises in emerging markets and tries to identify policies that can help avoid such crises. He is affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge and the Center for Applied Economics at the University of Chile. From 1990 to 1992, he served as Chief of Staff to Chile's Finance Minister and, later, as Director of International Finance. Since then, he has been an advisor to the Governments of Ecuador and El Salvador and to the Central Bank of Chile, as well as a consultant to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC) and the Federal Research Bank of Atlanta. He is currently on leave serving as Minister of Finance to the Government of Chile.

Andrés VelascoDésiré VencatachellumDésiré Vencatachellum is Director of the Development Research Department since January 1, 2011. He joined the Bank as Principal Research Economist in September 2005, and was promoted to Lead Research Economist in April 2008. He served as Acting Manager of the Networking and Partnership Division (Research Department) from May 2008 to April 2009. Prior to joining the African Development Bank, Désiré was Professor of Economics at HEC Montréal, Université de Montréal. Désiré holds a Ph.D. in Economics (Queen’s University, Canada) and a Magistère Ingénieur-Économiste (Université d’Aix-Marseille II, France). He is a citizen of Mauritius.




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