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Peter Lanjouw (PhD London School of Economics) is professor in development economics. Prior to joining the VU Economics department in January 2015 he had spent more than two decades in the Development Economics Research Group of the World Bank, most recently as Manager of the Poverty and Inequality team . He has taught courses at the Delhi School of Economics, the Foundation for the Advanced Study of International Development, Tokyo, and the University of Namur, Belgium, and has held a visiting position at the University of California, Berkeley. He is current editor of the World Bank Research Observer and a past assistant editor of the World Bank Economic Review. He is a fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and a core member of the Global Poverty Commission, convened by the World Bank.


His main research interests are: i) measurement and analysis of poverty and inequality in developing countries; ii) structural transformation in developing economies; and iii) contribution of longitudinal village studies to the analysis of rural development.


BSc: microeconomics for development; structural policy (minor) public economics (minor); international trade growth and development (AUC) MSc/PhD: Development Economics (TI); Growth Globalization and Development (MSc.);

Ancillary activities

  • World Bank | Washington D.C. | Editor, World Bank Research Observer | 2015-01-01 - present
  • LIS Cross National Data Center | Luxembourg | Directeur | 2021-09-01 - present

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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