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Jan Willem Gunning (DPhil Oxford) is emeritus professor of development economics. He has  been a staff member of the World Bank in Washington DC and  a professor at the University of Oxford where he was the director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies.


His research interests include impact evaluation; transport cost and rural welfare; and the demand for insurance in developing countries.

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He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Auvergne (France) for his leading role in economic research on Africa. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and served on the KNAW board as the Academy’s general secretary, 2011-2016.

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