Dr Olivier Sterck

Senior Research Officer – Refugee Economies Programme

Olivier Sterck is an economist working in the areas of development and health economics.

Before joining the RSC, Olivier was postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) at the University of Oxford. He completed his PhD in economics in 2013 at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium).

His research is multidisciplinary in scope, building bridges between several fields of study, from the economics of conflicts and HIV to International Relations. Part of it is based on fieldwork conducted in sub-Saharan Africa. As part of the RSC, Olivier aims to apply his expertise in econometrics and economic modelling to the study of refugee economies.

Olivier plays the piano and enjoys football, cycling and travelling.

In the media
Rethinking domestic and international finance for HIV
Post-conflict transition in Burundi
Refugee economies

Journal articles and special issues

Sterck, Olivier (with M Remme, M Siapka, M Ncube, C Watts, A Vassal) (forthcoming) 'Financing the HIV response in sub-Saharan Africa from domestic sources: moving beyond a normative approach', Social Science & Medicine
Sterck, Olivier (with A Colombo, O D’Aoust) (forthcoming) 'From Civil War to Electoral Violence. Evidence from Burundi.', Economic Development and Cultural Change
Sterck, Olivier (forthcoming) 'What Goes Wrong with the Allocation of Domestic and International Resources for HIV?', Health Economics
Sterck, Olivier (with R Manning) (2017) 'Rethinking international and domestic financing for HIV in low and middle income countries', Development Policy Review
Sterck, Olivier (with Max Roser, Mthuli Ncube, Stefan Thewissen) (2017) 'Allocation of development assistance for health: is the predominance of national income justified?', Health Policy and Planning
Sterck, Olivier (with S Baele, E Meur) (2016) 'Theorizing and Measuring Emotions in Conflict: The Case of the 2011 Palestinian Statehood Bid', Journal of Conflict Resolution 60 (4) 718-47
Sterck, Olivier (2016) 'Natural Resources and the Spread of HIV/AIDS: Curse or Blessing?', Social Science & Medicine 150 (2) 271-8
Sterck, Olivier (with O D’Aoust, P Verwimp ) (2016) 'Who Benefited from Burundi’s Demobilization Program?', The World Bank Economic Review
Sterck, Olivier (with O D’Aoust ) (2016) 'Who Benefits from Customary Justice? Rent-seeking, Bribery and Criminality in Sub-Saharan Africa', Journal of African Economies 25 (3) 439-67
Sterck, Olivier (with P Collier, R Manning) (2015) 'From Death Sentence to Debt Sentence', Finance & Development (IMF) 28-31 52 (4)
Sterck, Olivier (with S Baele) (2015) 'Diagnosing the Securitisation of Immigration at the EU Level: A New Method for Stronger Empirical Claims', Political Studies 1120-39 63 (5)
Sterck, Olivier (2014) 'HIV/AIDS and Fatalism: Should Prevention Campaigns Disclose the Transmission Rate of HIV?', Journal of African Economies 23 (1) 53-104
Sterck, Olivier (2013) 'Why are Testing Rates so Low in Sub-Saharan Africa? Misconceptions and Strategic Behaviors', Forum for Health Economics and Policy 16 (1) 1-39
06 November, 2019
RSC publishes report in Somali to aid dissemination to refugee and host communities
22 January, 2019
New RSC report assesses impact of Uganda's self-reliance strategy for refugees
20 August, 2018
New RSC report compares self-reliance and aid models in two Kenya refugee settlements
20 April, 2018
RSC, OPHI teams Highly Commended for impact in new O2RB awards
20 February, 2018
What difference does it make to be a refugee? RSC publishes new report on Refugee Economies in Kenya
09 November, 2017
New report from Deloitte, RSC explores Syrian refugees' economic potential
19 Jun, 2020
'Lives or livelihoods? Global estimates of the mortality and poverty costs of COVID-19'. In a blog for the World Bank, Olivier Sterck and colleagues set out a way in which the health and economic costs of the pandemic can be expressed through a common unit
Research interests:

Refugee economies; development economics; health economics; conflicts.