Prof Douglas Gollin

Professor of Development Economics

Doug Gollin’s research focusses 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 16 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 organisations. 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.

In the media
Transportation costs, food markets, and structural transformation in Tanzania

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

Research Students supervised

Frances Cossar
Research Student
Alexandra Panman
Research Student
Lucia Rost
Research Student
Andrea Ruediger
Research Student
Nathaniel Ware
Research Student

Journal articles and special issues

Gollin, Douglas (with C Adam, David Bevan) (2018) 'Rural–Urban Linkages, Public Investment and Transport Costs: The Case of Tanzania', World Development 109 497-510
Gollin, Douglas (with Rémi Jedwab, Dietrich Vollrath) (2016) 'Urbanization with and without Industrialization', Journal of Economic Growth 21 35-70
Gollin, Douglas (with C Adam, David Bevan) (2016) 'Rural-Urban Linkages, Transport Costs and Public Investment: The Case of Tanzania', World Development
Gollin, Douglas (with Lilli Probst) (2015) 'Food and agriculture: shifting landscapes for policy', Oxford Review of Economic Policy 31 (1) 8-25
Gollin, Douglas (with R Rogerson) (2014) 'Productivity, Transport Costs and Subsistence Agriculture', Journal of Development Economics 107 38-48
Gollin, Douglas (2014) 'The Lewis Model: A Sixty-Year Retrospective', Journal of Economic Perspectives 28 (3) 71-88
Gollin, Douglas (with David Lagakos and Michael E Waugh) (2014) 'The Agricultural Productivity Gap', Quarterly Journal of Economics 129 (2) 939-93
Gollin, Douglas (with S Dercon) (2014) 'Agriculture in African Development: Theories and Strategies', Annual Review of Resource Economics 6
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
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
Gollin, Douglas (with Eric Van Dusen, Harvey Blackburn) (2009) 'Animal Genetic Resource Trade Flows: Economic Assessment', Livestock Science 120 248-55
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


Gollin, Douglas (2010) 'Agricultural Productivity and Economic Growth'. In Prabhu Pingali, Robert Evenson (eds) Handbook of Agricultural Economics Volume 4 , Elsevier
26 April, 2018
Douglas Gollin speaks at World Bank Agriculture Policies Community of Practice
02 March, 2018
New research programme to explore African governance
19 September, 2016
New World Development paper co-authored by Christopher Adam, Douglas Gollin explores public investment in Tanzania
23 Mar, 2016
'Urbanisation in developing countries: a completely different kettle of fish'. Douglas Gollin and colleagues write in The Conversation
Research interests:

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