Erik Thorbecke is a renowned economics professor and co-author of the standard Foster-Greer-Thorbecke poverty measure. He is also former Director of the Program on Comparative Economic Development at Cornell University. His past positions include chairman of the Department of Economics at Cornell, a professorship at Iowa State University, and associate assistant administrator for program policy at the Agency for International Development. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Ghent in 1981. He has made contributions in the areas of economic and agricultural development, the measurement and analysis of poverty and malnutrition, the Social Accounting Matrix and general equilibrium modeling, and international economic policy. The Foster-Greer-Thorbecke poverty measure (Econometrica, 1984) has been adopted as the standard poverty measure by the World Bank and is used almost universally by researchers doing empirical work on poverty. Thorbecke recently co-directed a large scale research project on “The Impact of Globalization on the World’s Poor” under the auspices of UNU-WIDER. He is the author or co-author of more than 23 books and over 150 articles.
H.E. Babcock Professor Emeritus of Economics/Food Economics, Cornell University
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