Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Uris Hall, G08
Erik Thorbecke is the H.E. Babcock Professor of Economics Emeritus and 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, which he developed with James Foster and Joel Greer (introduced in Econometrica, 1984), has been adopted as the standard poverty measure by the World Bank and practically all UN agencies and is used almost universally by researchers doing empirical work on poverty. Over the past several years he has co-directed a large scale research project on “The Impact of Globalization on the World’s Poor” under the auspices of the United Nations University's World Institute for Development Economics Research. He has also continued his research on multidimensional poverty. He is the author or co-author of more than twenty three books and over one hundred and fifty articles.