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Alan Gelb

Senior Fellow and Director of Studies

Biometrics, foreign aid, Africa, economics of resource-rich countries, growth and development, transition economies


D. Phil, B. Phil Oxford University, BSc (Hons) University of Natal

Alan Gelb is a senior fellow and director of studies at the Center for Global Development. His recent research includes aid and development outcomes, the transition from planned to market economies, the development applications of biometric ID technology, and the special development challenges of resource-rich countries.

He was previously director of development policy at the World Bank and chief economist for the bank’s Africa region and staff director for the 1996 World Development Report “From Plan to Market.”

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