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Marcel Fafchamps

Marcel Fafchamps

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI)
Professor, by courtesy, of Economics
Department of Economics
PhD, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
Licencié in Economics, Catholic University of Louvain, 1980
Licencié in Law, Catholic University of Louvain, 1978


Marcel Fafchamps is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a member of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. Fafchamps is a professor (by courtesy) for the Department of Economics at Stanford University. His research interest includes economic development, market institutions and social networks.

From 1999-2013, Fafchamps served as professor of development economics for the Department of Economics and Mansfield College at Oxford University. He also served as deputy director and then co-director of the Center for the Study of African Economies. Fafchamps spent the 2005-2006 academic year on sabbatical leave as visiting scholar at Harvard University.

He has authored two books, Market Institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa: Theory and Evidence and Rural Poverty, Risk, and Development, and has published numerous articles in academic journals.

Fafchamps serves as the editor-in-chief of Economic Development and Cultural Change. Previously he had served as chief editor of the Journal of African Economies from 2000 until 2013, associate editor for the Economic Journal, the Journal of Development EconomicsEconomic Development and Cultural Change, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and the Revue d'Economie du Développement.

He is a senior fellow with the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, a research fellow with Center for Economic and Policy Research, and an associate with University of California’s Center for Effective Global Action.

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Research Interests: 
Economic Development, Market Institutions, Social Networks