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Prof Douglas Gollin

Professor of Development Economics

Doug Gollin’s research focuses on economic development and growth, with particular interests in agriculture and structural transformation. His work brings a general equilibrium perspective to issues such as: sectoral differences in productivity; the impacts of agricultural technologies; the role of transport costs in shaping spatial patterns of development; the importance of small firms and self employment in poor countries; and the macroeconomic effects of disease.

Doug Gollin joined Oxford in October 2012 after spending sixteen years on the faculty of Williams College in the United States, where he retains an affiliation. He is a visiting fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He chairs the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment of the CGIAR, a consortium of international agricultural research organizations. He also works with the International Growth Centre and a number of NGOs involved in policy-oriented research on development.

He is currently a Managing Editor of the Journal of African Economies and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Development Economics and Oxford Development Studies.

Doug Gollin holds an AB degree from Harvard University and an MA from Yale University. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1996.

Doug Gollin teaches on the MSc in Economics for Development and the MPhil in Development Studies.

Journal Articles and Special Issues

Gollin, Douglas (with Lilli Probst) (2015) 'Food and agriculture: shifting landscapes for policy', Oxford Review of Economic Policy 31 (1): 8-25 (Download from external site)

Gollin, Douglas (with R Rogerson) (2014) 'Productivity, Transport Costs and Subsistence Agriculture', Journal of Development Economics 107: 38-48 (Download from external site)

Gollin, Douglas (2014) 'The Lewis Model: A Sixty-Year Retrospective', Journal of Economic Perspectives 28 (3): 71-88 (Download from external site)

Gollin, Douglas (with David Lagakos and Michael E Waugh) (2014) 'The Agricultural Productivity Gap', Quarterly Journal of Economics 129 (2): 939-93 (Download from external site)

Gollin, Douglas (with S Dercon) (2014) 'Agriculture in African Development: Theories and Strategies', Annual Review of Resource Economics 6 (Download from external site)

Gollin, Douglas (with David Lagakos and Michael Waugh) (2014) 'Agricultural Productivity Differences across Countries', American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings 104 (5): 165-70

Gollin, Douglas (2013) 'Equipping immigrants: migration flows and capital movements in small open economies', Review of World Economics 149 (4): 749-77 (Download from external site)

Gollin, Douglas (with Christian Zimmermann) (2012) 'Global Climate Change and the Resurgence of Tropical Disease: An Economic Approach', Mathematical Population Studies 19(1) : 51-62 (Download from external site)

Gollin, Douglas (with Eric Van Dusen, Harvey Blackburn) (2009) 'Animal Genetic Resource Trade Flows: Economic Assessment', Livestock Science 120: 248-55 (Download from external site)

Gollin, Douglas (with Harvey Blackburn) (2009) 'Animal Genetic Resource Trade Flows: The Utilization of Newly Imported Breeds and the Gene Flow of Individual Animals in the United States of America', Livestock Science 120: 240-47 (Download from external site)

Gollin, Douglas (2008) 'Nobody's Business but My Own: Self Employment and Small Enterprise in Economic Development', Journal of Monetary Economics 55(2): 219-33 (Download from external site)


Gollin, Douglas (2010) 'Agricultural Productivity and Economic Growth'. In Prabhu Pingali, Robert Evenson (eds) Handbook of Agricultural Economics Volume 4, Elsevier


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St Antony's College

Agriculture; economic growth; structural transformation; transportation costs; agricultural technology; agricultural research; technological change.

International Development: increasing well-being and reducing inequality in global society