Research

My main research field is development economics, with special interests in topics related to nutrition, health, poverty, economic growth, institutions and political economy. The common line in my research is the systematic use of economic theory and econometric techniques.

Much of my research has focused on the causes and consequences of undernutrition and poor health in developing countries. I have frequently followed anthropometric techniques. It is obvious that nutrition and health influence body weight; body stature serves equally well as a gauge of nutritional status. One of the advantages of anthropometric indicators is that they measure outcomes, not inputs. Height measurements are also applicable to the diverse social and economic systems that exist amongst Africans including hunters, pastoralists, subsistence farmers, cash crop producers, and employees in the modern and informal sectors. Most importantly, anthropometric data are frequently available.

My current research aims to quantify human development before and during colonial times in sub-Sahara African countries. Evidence on the long-run development can shed new light on legacies of the colonial era.

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