Martin Ravallion

Academic economist in Washington, D.C.

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Martin holds the inauguralEdmond D. Villani Chair of Economics at Georgetown University, where he teaches economics and does research on poverty and inequality. Prior to joining Georgetown he was the Director of the World Bank's research department, the Development Research Group. He has advised numerous governments and international agencies on poverty and policies for fighting it, and he has written extensively on this and other subjects in economics. His latest book is The Economics of Poverty: History, Measurement and Policy(Oxford University Press, 2016); read more about it at

Martin is the ex-President of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, a Senior Fellow of the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a non-resident Fellow of the Center for Global Development.

Martin is an Australian, living in Washington DC. He studied at Sydney University and the London School of Economics, where he holds a PhD in economics. He also holds an honorary doctorate in economics from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

  • Education
    • London School of Economics
    • Sydney University