Christopher Blattman

The Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies
Harris Public Policy

Christopher Blattman is an economist and political scientist who studies poverty and violence in developing countries, mainly within Africa and Latin America. He explores why some societies are poor, violent, and unequal, and also investigates the factors that lead people into poverty, violence, and crime, as well as the events and interventions that lead them out.

He has published articles in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Political Science Review, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Literature, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Review of Economics and Statistics. He has served as a consultant and adviser to the World Bank, UNICEF, the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister, and Liberia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. He is currently a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a non-resident fellow with the Center for Global Development, and a board member and academic lead of the Crime and Violence Section of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Blattman holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in public administration and international development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School. He was previously a member of the faculty at Columbia and Yale Universities.

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