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Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Fellow at the Tinbergen Institute, The Netherlands. Phd in Economics from VU University.

Positions at Universiteit van Amsterdam, Centraal Planbureau and Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (SEOR), all in the Netherlands. Consultancies for international organizations (WorldBank, FAO, EU, Common Fund, etc) and national governments, in India, Bangladesh, Malawi,  Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana.


(i) Productivity, (ii) price and production risk, (iii) market access & transaction costs, (iv) domestic trade and (v) food security in developing country agriculture, with a geographical focus on Sub-Sahara Africa. What drives subsistence farming and how to enhance transitions to commercial farming?


BSc: International Trade, Exchange Rates and Stabilization Policy, Fundamentals of Macro Economics, Growth theory.
MSc / PhD: Development Economics

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Research Output 1988 2018

How Is the Liberalization of Food Markets Progressing? Market Integration and Transaction Costs in Subsistence Economies

Zant, W., 2013, In : World Bank Economic Review. 27, 1, p. 28-54

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

subsistence economy
food market
transaction cost
transaction costs

The Economics of Food Aid under Subsistence Farming with an Application to Malawi

Zant, W., 2012, In : Food Policy. 37, 1, p. 124-141

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

food aid
subsistence farming

Safety nets and index based insurance: Historical assessment and semi-paramentric estimation of an indemnity schedule for Northern Ghana

Molini, V., Keyzer, M., van den Boom, G. J. M., Zant, W. & Nsowah-Nuamah, N. N. N., 2010, In : Economic Development and Cultural Change. 58, 4, p. 671-712

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

West Africa

Hot stuff: Index Insurance for Indian Pepper Growers

Zant, W., 2008, In : World Development. 36, 9, p. 1585-1606 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

opportunity costs
panel data

Activities 2015 2017

  • 9 Lecture / Presentation
  • 1 Peer review

Journal of Health Economics (Journal)

W. Zant (Reviewer)
21 Sep 20165 Jul 2017

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewAcademic