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. From 2012-17, he chaired 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 international organizations and NGOs involved in policy-oriented research on development.

He is currently a Managing Editor of the Journal of African Economies. Since 2015, he has been a Research Fellow with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), in both the Development Economics Programme and the Macroeconomics and Growth Programme; he is also a Fellow of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD).

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.

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Transportation costs, food markets, and structural transformation in Tanzania
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Teaching

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

Doctoral supervision

Doug supervises broadly on areas related to agricultural development, structural transformation, and economic growth. His supervisees use a range of quantitative methods and mixed methods; he is especially interested in work that uses micro data to address macro questions. He welcomes applications from prospective students whose work is firmly grounded in macro/growth economics, contemporary development economics, or development studies. He looks for proposals that show careful thought about concepts and measurement (as opposed to those that use data without close examination of the underlying and embedded assumptions).

He does not generally supervise doctoral research involving large-scale global models, country development strategies, fiscal/monetary policy, cross-country regression analyses, or local case studies.

Research Students supervised

Diala Al Masri
Research Student
Maria Franco Gavonel
Research Student
Lucia Rost
Research Student
Binta Zahra Diop
Economics Department

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 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 (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 (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

Chapters

Gollin, Douglas (2010) 'Agricultural Productivity and Economic Growth'. In Prabhu Pingali, Robert Evenson (eds) Handbook of Agricultural Economics Volume 4 , Elsevier
12 October, 2018
Douglas Gollin gives keynote at 20th annual BIOECON conference
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
27 Sep, 2019
'Better seeds could help African farmers grow far more'. The Economist cites research on high-yielding crops by Douglas Gollin and co-authors
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.