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Olivier Sterck

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Refugee economies; development economics; health economics; conflicts.

Olivier Sterck

Associate Professor

Olivier Sterck is Associate Professor and Senior Research Officer. He is the lead economist of the Refugee Economies Programme (REP) at the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC).

Before joining the RSC, Olivier was postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) at the University of Oxford. His research is multidisciplinary in scope, building bridges between development economics, health economics, and refugee studies. Olivier's research uses applied econometrics and economic modelling to study refugee economies.

With colleagues from the REP, he has been collecting and analysing data on more than 15,000 refugees and members of host populations in Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia. In partnership with the World Food Programme, Olivier has been analysing the impact of various cash transfer models on the socio-economic outcomes of refugee households and refugee businesses in the Kakuma refugee camp and the Kalobeyei settlement.  

For a complete list of publications, see Olivier's personal website (right)

  • Journal articles and special issues

    Betts, Alexander Omata, Naohiko Sterck, Olivier
    Stierna M ( ) Refugees Welcome? The Role of Refugee-Host Interaction in Host Community Attitude Formation . Refugees Welcome? The Role of Refugee-Host Interaction in Host Community Attitude Formation World Development
    Betts, Alexander Omata, Naohiko Sterck, Olivier
    Jade Siu ( ) Refugee mobilities in East Africa: understanding secondary movements . Refugee mobilities in East Africa: understanding secondary movements Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies
    Betts, Alexander Sterck, Olivier
    ( ) Why Do States Given Refugees the Right to Work? . Why Do States Given Refugees the Right to Work? Oxford Review of Economic Policy 38:3 514-30
    Betts, Alexander Omata, Naohiko Sterck, Olivier
    ( ) Transnational blindness: International institutions and refugees’ cross-border activities . Transnational blindness: International institutions and refugees’ cross-border activities Review of International Studies
    Sterck, Olivier
    J Gazeaud, E Mvukiyehe ( ) Cash Transfers and Migration: Experimental Evidence from Comoros . Cash Transfers and Migration: Experimental Evidence from Comoros Review of Economics and Statistics
    Sterck, Olivier
    C MacPherson ( ) Empowering Refugees through Cash and Agriculture: A Regression Discontinuity Design . Empowering Refugees through Cash and Agriculture: A Regression Discontinuity Design Journal of Development Economics
    Sterck, Olivier
    ( ) Fighting for Votes: Theory and Evidence on the Causes of Electoral Violence . Fighting for Votes: Theory and Evidence on the Causes of Electoral Violence Economica 87 (347) 844-83
    Sterck, Olivier Betts, Alexander Omata, Naohiko
    ( ) The Kalobeyei Settlement: A Self-Reliance Model for Refugees? . The Kalobeyei Settlement: A Self-Reliance Model for Refugees? Journal of Refugee Studies 33 (1) 189–223
    Sterck, Olivier Betts, Alexander Omata, Naohiko
    ( ) Self-Reliance and Social Networks: Explaining Refugees’ Reluctance to Relocate from Kakuma to Kalobeyei . Self-Reliance and Social Networks: Explaining Refugees’ Reluctance to Relocate from Kakuma to Kalobeyei Journal of Refugee Studies 62-85 33 (1)
    Sterck, Olivier
    ( ) Estimating fiscal space for health: pitfalls and solutions . Estimating fiscal space for health: pitfalls and solutions The Lancet HIV 6 (6) e345-e346
    Sterck, Olivier
    ( ) Beyond the Stars . Beyond the Stars Journal of Economic Surveys 33 (5) 1409-36
    Sterck, Olivier
    ( ) What Goes Wrong with the Allocation of Domestic and International Resources for HIV? . What Goes Wrong with the Allocation of Domestic and International Resources for HIV? Health Economics 27 (2) 320-32
    Sterck, Olivier
    O D’Aoust, P Verwimp ( ) Who Benefited from Burundi’s Demobilization Program? . Who Benefited from Burundi’s Demobilization Program? The World Bank Economic Review 32 (2) 357-82
    Sterck, Olivier
    M Le Polain, M Nyssens ( ) Interest Rate in Savings Groups: Thrift or Threat? . Interest Rate in Savings Groups: Thrift or Threat? World Development 101 162-72
    Sterck, Olivier
    P Collier ( ) The Moral and Fiscal Implications of Antiretroviral Therapies for HIV in Africa . The Moral and Fiscal Implications of Antiretroviral Therapies for HIV in Africa Oxford Economic Papers 70 (2) 353-74
    Sterck, Olivier
    R Manning ( ) Rethinking international and domestic financing for HIV in low and middle income countries . Rethinking international and domestic financing for HIV in low and middle income countries Development Policy Review
    Sterck, Olivier
    A Colombo, O D’Aoust ( ) From Rebellion to Electoral Violence: Evidence from Burundi . From Rebellion to Electoral Violence: Evidence from Burundi Economic Development and Cultural Change 67 (2) 333-68
    Sterck, Olivier
    Max Roser, Mthuli Ncube, Stefan Thewissen ( ) Allocation of development assistance for health: is the predominance of national income justified? . Allocation of development assistance for health: is the predominance of national income justified? Health Policy and Planning
    Sterck, Olivier
    ( ) Natural Resources and the Spread of HIV/AIDS: Curse or Blessing? . Natural Resources and the Spread of HIV/AIDS: Curse or Blessing? Social Science & Medicine 150 (2) 271-8
    Sterck, Olivier
    S Baele, E Meur ( ) Theorizing and Measuring Emotions in Conflict: The Case of the 2011 Palestinian Statehood Bid . Theorizing and Measuring Emotions in Conflict: The Case of the 2011 Palestinian Statehood Bid Journal of Conflict Resolution 60 (4) 718-47
    Sterck, Olivier
    M Remme, M Siapka, M Ncube, C Watts, A Vassal ( ) Financing the HIV response in sub-Saharan Africa from domestic sources: moving beyond a normative approach . Financing the HIV response in sub-Saharan Africa from domestic sources: moving beyond a normative approach Social Science & Medicine 169 66-76
    Sterck, Olivier
    O D’Aoust ( ) Who Benefits from Customary Justice? Rent-seeking, Bribery and Criminality in Sub-Saharan Africa . Who Benefits from Customary Justice? Rent-seeking, Bribery and Criminality in Sub-Saharan Africa Journal of African Economies 25 (3) 439-67
    Sterck, Olivier
    S Baele ( ) Diagnosing the Securitisation of Immigration at the EU Level: A New Method for Stronger Empirical Claims . Diagnosing the Securitisation of Immigration at the EU Level: A New Method for Stronger Empirical Claims Political Studies 1120-39 63 (5)
    Sterck, Olivier
    P Collier, R Manning ( ) From Death Sentence to Debt Sentence . From Death Sentence to Debt Sentence Finance & Development (IMF) 28-31 52 (4)
    Sterck, Olivier
    ( ) HIV/AIDS and Fatalism: Should Prevention Campaigns Disclose the Transmission Rate of HIV? . HIV/AIDS and Fatalism: Should Prevention Campaigns Disclose the Transmission Rate of HIV? Journal of African Economies 23 (1) 53-104
    Sterck, Olivier
    ( ) Why are Testing Rates so Low in Sub-Saharan Africa? Misconceptions and Strategic Behaviors . Why are Testing Rates so Low in Sub-Saharan Africa? Misconceptions and Strategic Behaviors Forum for Health Economics and Policy 16 (1) 1-39
  • Other publications

    Betts, Alexander Omata, Naohiko Sterck, Olivier
    M Stierna ( ) Social Cohesion and Refugee-Host Interaction: Evidence from East Africa . Social Cohesion and Refugee-Host Interaction: Evidence from East Africa World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9917 World Bank
    Betts, Alexander Sterck, Olivier
    C Rodgers, S Flinder, J Siu ( ) Cash Transfer Models and Debt in the Kalobeyei Settlement . Cash Transfer Models and Debt in the Kalobeyei Settlement Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford
    Betts, Alexander Omata, Naohiko Sterck, Olivier
    A Delius, C Rodgers ( ) Doing Business in Kakuma: Refugees, Entrepreneurship, and the Food Sector . Doing Business in Kakuma: Refugees, Entrepreneurship, and the Food Sector Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford
    Betts, Alexander Omata, Naohiko Sterck, Olivier
    L Fryszer ( ) Refugee Economies in Addis Ababa: Towards Sustainable Opportunities for Urban Communities? . Refugee Economies in Addis Ababa: Towards Sustainable Opportunities for Urban Communities? Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford
    Betts, Alexander Omata, Naohiko Sterck, Olivier
    I Chaara ( ) Refugee Economies in Uganda: What Difference Does the Self-Reliance Model Make? . Refugee Economies in Uganda: What Difference Does the Self-Reliance Model Make? Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford
    Betts, Alexander Bradenbrink, Raphael Omata, Naohiko Sterck, Olivier
    J Greenland ( ) Refugee Economies in Dollo Ado: Development Opportunities in a Border Region of Ethiopia . Refugee Economies in Dollo Ado: Development Opportunities in a Border Region of Ethiopia Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford
    Betts, Alexander Omata, Naohiko Sterck, Olivier
    R Geervliet, C MacPherson and C Rodgers ( ) Self-Reliance in Kalobeyei? Socio-Economic Outcomes for Refugees in North-West Kenya . Self-Reliance in Kalobeyei? Socio-Economic Outcomes for Refugees in North-West Kenya Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford
    Betts, Alexander Omata, Naohiko Sterck, Olivier
    ( ) Refugee Economies in Kenya . Refugee Economies in Kenya Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford
    Betts, Alexander Sterck, Olivier
    R Geervliet and C MacPherson ( ) Talent Displaced: The Economic Lives of Syrian Refugees in Europe . Talent Displaced: The Economic Lives of Syrian Refugees in Europe Deloitte
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