Edmond D. Villani Chaired Professor of Economics
Martin Ravallion, former director of the World Bank’s research department, joined Georgetown in spring 2013 as the first Edmond D. Villani Chaired Professor of Economics. Professor Ravallion is well known for his scholarship on development economics. His wide-ranging research includes his early work on famines as well as his research on the causes of poverty and the evaluation of anti-poverty policies. He is well known for his work on measuring global poverty, including developing the international “$1-a-day" poverty measure. Professor Ravallion is the President Elect of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
He has held academic positions at the London School of Economics, the University of Oxford and the Australian National University before joining the World Bank in 1988. Since then he also has held several visiting positions at institutions such as Princeton University and the Université de Toulouse in France. Professor Ravallion has published extensively and received a number of academic honors, including the 2011 John Kenneth Galbraith Award “for outstanding contributions to humanity through leadership, research and service” at the annual conference of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.