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Paul Collier

Oxford, UK

Expert on the challenges facing developing countries

Adviser to World Bank, IMF and UK government

Best-selling author, "The Bottom Billion" (2007) and "The Plundered Planet" (2010)

Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University. He is a specialist in the political, economic and developmental predicaments of poor countries. His research covers problems of democracy in societies where incomes are low but natural resources are abundant. He examines the causes and consequences of civil war and the effects of aid.

Paul is the author of several acclaimed books including “The Bottom Billion” (2007), “Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places” (2009) and “The Plundered Planet” (2010).

Paul is currently advisor to the Strategy and Policy Department of the IMF, advisor to the Africa Region of the World Bank, and he has advised the UK Government on its recent White Paper on economic development policy. He writes for the Financial Times, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Between 1998 and 2003 Paul was Director of the Research Development Department at the World Bank.

Our Comment

"Paul’s fans include some of the world’s most influential people. Here is George Soros on The Plundered Planet: “develops one of the most fascinating subjects he touched on in The Bottom Billion, the resource curse ... Of great interest to all who are concerned about the future of our civilization.”"

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