I am professor of research at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France, prof. in economics at the Centre for Studies and Research in International Development (CERDI). I also hold the chair of Development Economics at the Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics (the Netherlands). Prior to joining CNRS and CERDI, I was senior research fellow at the United Nations University (UNU) where I have led the UNU research group on Economic Development, Innovation, Governance and Institutions.
My research lies in development economics at the frontier of evidence-based policy, quantitative empirics and theory. The underlying themes of my expertise include sustainable development in Africa, environmental economics, health economics, inter-generational mobility in Africa, evaluation of programmes and policies, applied econometrics and statistics. I have published in peer review academic journals including the American Economic Review, PLoS ONE, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference. I am Guest Editor of the Macroeconomic Dynamics special issue on the `Technology Aspects in the Process of Development’, and Guest Editor of the Structural Change and Economic Dynamics special issue on `Innovation, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development’. I am also distinguished lecture guest at the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) on the topics of: `Sustainability: from the Concept to Sustainable Development Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa’ and on `The Role of the CFA Currency in the Economic and Monetary Integration of West Africa’, in March 2015 and April 2017 respectively.
Besides my research, I have acquired a first-hand operation experience of conducting effective policy dialogues and negotiations with multiple development actors.
I hold a Ph.D and a Master degree in economics, both from the University of Strasbourg, France. I also received an executive education on `A Cutting Edge of Development Thinking’ from Harvard Kennedy School, USA.