Paul Collier

Professor of Economics and Public Policy
Paul Collier

Professor Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government; a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College; and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford. He is also Director of the International Growth Centre (IGC), a research initiative hosted by LSE in partnership with the University of Oxford. From 1998–2003 he took a five-year Public Service leave during which he was Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank. He is currently a Professeur invité at Sciences Po, and at Paris 1. In 2008 Paul was awarded a CBE ‘for services to scholarship and development’.

Paul is currently adviser to the Strategy and Policy Department of the International Monetary Fund, adviser to the Africa Region of the World Bank, and adviser to DfID. He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resources rich societies.

Recent books include The Bottom Billion (Oxford University Press, 2007) which in 2008 won the Lionel Gelber, Arthur Ross and Corine prizes and in May 2009 was the joint winner of the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book prize; Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places (Vintage Books, 2009); and The Plundered Planet: How to reconcile prosperity with nature (Oxford University Press, 2010).

His latest book is Exodus: How migration is changing our world (Oxford University Press, 2013)

In 2014, Paul received a knighthood for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa.

Research Projects

Journal Article

Collier P, Venables AJ.  2014.  Closing coal: economic and moral incentives. Oxford Review of Economic Policy.
Collier P, Vicente PC.  2014.  Votes and Violence: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Nigeria. The Economic Journal. Volume 124 (Issue 574):F327–F355.
Collier P, Bhattacharyya S.  2014.  Public capital in resource rich economies: is there a curse? Oxford Economic Papers. Volume 66 (Issue 1):1-24.
Collier P, Hoeffler A.  2013.  Do Elections Matter for Economic Performance? Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.
Collier P, Duponchel M.  2013.  The Economic Legacy of Civil War: Firm-level Evidence from Sierra Leone. Journal of Conflict Resolution. Volume 57 (Issue 1):65-88.
Collier P, Goderis B.  2012.  Commodity prices and growth: An empirical investigation. European Economic Review. Volume 56 (Issue 6):1241-1260.
Collier P, Venables AJ.  2012.  Land Deals in Africa: Pioneers and Speculators. Journal of Globalization and Development. Volume 3 (Issue 1)
Collier P, Venables AJ.  2011.  Illusory revenues: Import tariffs in resource-rich and aid-rich economies. Journal of Development Economics. Volume 94 (Issue 2):202–206.
Collier P, Chauvet L, Hoeffler A.  2010.  Paradise Lost: The Costs of State Failure in the Pacific. The Journal of Development Studies. Volume 46 (Issue 5):961-980.
Collier P, Venables AJ.  2010.  International Rules for Trade in Natural Resources. Journal of Globalization and Development. Volume 1 (Issue 1)
Collier P, Chauvet L.  2009.  Elections and Economic Policy in Developing Countries. Economic Policy. Volume 24 (Issue 59):509-550.
Collier P, Hoeffler A.  2009.  Testing the neocon agenda: Democracy in resource-rich societies. European Economic Review. Volume 53 (Issue 3):293–308.


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Director of the IGC

UK needs to address status quo to avoid political nightmare, writes Paul Collier
The Financial Times - Tuesday, 20 January, 2015
Professor Paul Collier's comment about fighting terrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks
The Spectator - Saturday, 17 January, 2015
Prof Paul Collier appears on Newsnight to talk about immigration
Newsnight - Tuesday, 16 December, 2014
Professor Paul Collier writes about the impact of immigration in the UK
The Spectator - Saturday, 13 December, 2014
Professor Sir Paul Collier's oped about why housing matters in Africa ahead of the Challenges of Government Conference
CityMetric (New Statesman) - Thursday, 11 December, 2014
Paul Collier explains what's going on in the process of regulating banks
Social Europe Journal - Thursday, 13 November, 2014
A book review by Prof Sir Paul Collier
International New York Times - Sunday, 19 October, 2014
"How much diversity can we endure?" Interview with Professor Sir Paul Collier about migration policy.
Der Spiegel - Monday, 6 October, 2014
Paul Collier is mentioned in a piece about the Scottish Independence referendum.
Financial Times - Friday, 8 August, 2014
An opinion piece co-authored by Paul Collier highlights Nigeria's economic achievements
Project Syndicate - Thursday, 17 July, 2014