Jean-Louis Arcand

Director of the Centre for Finance and Development and Professor, Graduate Institute Geneva

PhD in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Director of the Centre for Finance and Development and Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva); Head of the PhD Programme in Development Economics, Graduate Institute Geneva; Founding Fellow, European Union Development Network (EUDN); Senior Fellow, Fondation pour les études et recherches en développement international (FERDI); Visiting Professor at the Hanqing Advanced Institute of Economics and Finance, Renmin University of China. Former: Chair of Development Studies, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva); Professor, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches en Développement International (CERDI); Assistant and then Associate Professor, University of Montréal; Consultant to the World Bank, the FAO, the UNDP, the Gates Foundation and several national governments. Research focuses on the microeconomics of development, with a current focus on impact evaluation of social programme in West Africa and the Maghreb. Currently leading multi-year impact evaluations in several countries, with the topics being investigated ranging from peer mentoring to fight HIV-AIDS, to capacity-building in rural producer organizations to foster food security.

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16 February 2017
What should policymakers do to improve the enabling environment for trade and finance to better contribute to sustainable development? The primacy of economic institutions as determinants of economic growth and development is a key empirical regularity that has emerged from the past two decades of...