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Professor Chris Elbers is the Desmond Tutu Chair Holder of the School of Business and Economics. He studied econometrics and mathematical economics at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands and obtained his doctoral degree from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. From 1984, he is a member of the Development Research Group in the Economics department at the Vrije Universiteit and as of 1994, he has been associate professor at the same university. The Development Research Group focuses on applied microeconomic research in developing countries, in particular countries in Sub-Sahara Africa. Chris Elbers is fellow of the European Union Development Network (EUDN), the Tinbergen Institute, and the Amsterdam Institute for International Development (AIID). His main research activities are in the fields of poverty measurement and impact evaluation.


Economics of developing countries, both micro and macro; impact evaluation of development policy; measurement and small-area estimation of poverty and inequality; big data methods.


Numerous reports commissioned by the World Bank, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department for International Development (DFID), Government of Indonesia, Unicef, United Nations, EU.


MSc economics: Microeconomics for development; globalization, growth and development

BSc economics: Development economics and emerging markets; international trade

Tinbergen Institute: Development economics

Amsterdam University College: advanced macroeconomics


Ancillary activities

  • Amsterdam Institute for international Development | Amsterdam | Directeur | 2013-01-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Research Output 1984 2019

What Do Development NGOs Achieve?

Elbers, C. T. M. & Gunning, J. W., 2015, Africa and Economics. Volume II: Policies and Practices. Monga, C. & Yifu Lin, J. Y. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University press, p. 629-640 (Oxford Handbooks).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Evaluation of Development Programs: Randomized Controlled Trials or Regressions?

Elbers, C. T. M. & Gunning, J. W., 2014, In : World Bank Economic Review. 28, 3, p. 432-445

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

health insurance

Insurance and rural welfare: what can panel data tell us?

Elbers, C. T. M., Gunning, J. W. & Pan, L., 2009, In : Applied Economics. 41, 24, p. 3093-3101

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Panel data

Reinterpreting between-group inequality

Elbers, C. T. M., Lanjouw, P. F., Mistiaen, J. & Özler, B., 2008, In : Journal of Economic Inequality. 6, 3, p. 231-245

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
population group

Growth and Risk: Methodology and Micro Evidence

Elbers, C. T. M., Gunning, J. W. & Kinsey, B. H., 2007, In : World Bank Economic Review. 21, p. 1-20 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

panel data
behavioral response

Activities 1996 2013

  • 5 Lecture / Presentation

Poverty mapping and empirical Bayes estimation

C.T.M. Elbers (Speaker), Roy Van der Weide (Speaker)
8 Apr 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Using ancillary data in small area estimation

C.T.M. Elbers (Speaker)
29 May 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Insurance instruments and growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

C.T.M. Elbers (Speaker)
30 Oct 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Using normal mixtures in poverty mapping

C.T.M. Elbers (Speaker), Roy Van der Weide (Speaker)
1 Sep 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Research Talent Grant for PhD project

Chris Elbers (Recipient) & T.B. Child (Recipient), 2013