Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College. 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 a Director of the International Growth Centre.
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; urbanization in low-income countries; private investment in African infrastructure and changing organizational cultures.
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.
Zambia: Policies for Prosperity from Resource Wealth, edited with Chr. S. Adam and M. Gondwe. Oxford, Oxford University Press 2014.
Exodus: How Migration is Changing our World. London, Allen Lane 2013.
Plundered Nations? Successes and Failures in Natural Resource Extraction, with A. J. Venables. Palgrave Macmillan 2011.
Kenya: Economic Policies for Prosperity, edited with Chr. S. Adam and N. Ndungu. Oxford, Oxford University Press 2011.
The Plundered Planet: How to reconcile prosperity with nature. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010.
Conflict, Political Accountability and Aid. Routledge, 2010.
Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places. Harper Collins/Random House, 2009.
The Bottom Billion. Oxford, Oxford University Press 2008.
Economic Policy Options for a Prosperous Nigeria, edited with C. Soludo and C. Pattillo. Palgrave 2008.
Globalization and Poverty, 3 Vols. (The globalization of the World Economy, 19), with J. W. Gunning. Cheltenham UK/Northampton USA: Edward Elgar 2008.
The Political Economy of Economic Growth in Africa, 1960-2000, with B. Ndulu, R. Bates and S. O’Connell. Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Breaking the Conflict Trap: Civil War and Development Policy, with V. L. Elliott, H. Hegre, A. Hoeffler, M. Reynal-Querol, N. Sambanis. Washington DC: World Bank and Oxford University Press 2003.
Labour and Poverty in Rural Tanzania, with S. Radwan, and S. Wangwe, with A. Wagner. Oxford, Clarendon Press 1987.
The Cultural Foundations of Economic Failure: a Conceptual Toolkit, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, October 2015.
Supervision and Project Performance: A Principal-Agent Approach, with L. Chauvet and A. Fuster. Document de travail (Working Paper).
Investing in Africa's Infrastructure: Financing and Policy Options, with J. Cust. Annual Review of Resource Economics, forthcoming 2015.
Security threats facing Africa and its capacity to respond. PRISM 5, 2: 30-41.
Closing Coal: Economic and Moral Incentives, with A. J. Venables. Oxford Review of Economic Policy 30,3 "Green Growth" (Autumn 2014): 492-512.
Votes and violence: Evidence from a field experiment in Nigeria, with P. Vicente. The Economic Journal 124, 574: F327–F355.
African Agriculture in 50 Years: Smallholders in a Rapidly Changing World, with S. Dercon. World Development 63: 92-101.
Scottish Oil and Global Justice. International Energy Law Review 4: 150-153.
Public capital in resource rich economies: Is there a curse? with S. Bhattacharyya, Oxford Economic Papers 66 (1).
The Economic Legacy of Civil War: Firm-level Evidence from Sierra Leone, with M. Duponchel Journal of Conflict Resolution, 57: 65-88.
Épargner les revenus tirés des ressources naturelles dans les pays en développement: Principes et règles de politiques. Revue d'économie du développement, 2013/4 Vol. 27.
Under Pressure: How governments can manage expectations when oil is discovered. Finance and Development 50,4: 50-53.
Commodity prices and growth: An empirical investigation, with B. Goderis. European Economic Review 56: 1241-1260.
Land Deals in Africa: Pioneers and Speculators, with A.J. Venables. Globalization and Development 3,1: 1-20.
Managing Resource Revenues in Developing Countries, with R. van der Ploeg, M. Spence, and A. J. Venables. IMF Staff Papers 57,1: 84-118.
Housing and Urbanization in Africa, with T. Venables. In J. Hannigan and G. Richards (eds), Handbook of New Urban Studies. Sage, in press.
Housing and Urbanization in Africa: Unleashing a Formal Market Process, with A.J. Venables. In E. Glaeser and A. Joshi-Ghani (eds), The Urban Imperative: Towards Competitive Cities. India, Oxford University Press 2015.
Zambian Macroeconomic Policy: a Time for Tough Decisions. In Chr. S. Adam, P. Collier, and M. Gondwe (eds), Zambia: Policies for Prosperity from Resource Wealth. Oxford, Oxford University Press 2014.
Strategies for Growth, with N. Ndungu. In Chr. S Adam, P. Collier and N. Ndungu (eds), Kenya: Economic Policies for Prosperity. Oxford, Oxford University Press 2011.
Democracy and Prosperity, with R. Gutierrez-Romero and M. Kimenyi. In Chr. S. Adam, P. Collier and N. Ndungu (eds), Kenya: Economic Policies for Prosperity, Oxford, Oxford University Press 2011.
Trade and Economic Performance: Does Economic Fragmentation Matter? with A.J. Venables. In Lin and Plescovik (eds), Annual World Bank Conference of Development Economics. World Bank, 2008.
Civil War, in Hartley and Sandler, (eds.) Handbook of Defense Economics, North Holland, 2007.
Using Aid Instruments More Coherently: Grants and Loans. In I. Kaul and P. Conceicao (eds), The New Public Finance. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2006.