Francesco Caselli is Norman Sosnow Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Director of the Macroeconomics Program at LSE's Centre for Economic Performance (CEP). In 2009-10 he is Banco de España Visiting Professor at CREI, one of the Barcelona GSE's founding academic institutions. He is also Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and has also been Research Affiliate of the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He has taught Economics at Harvard and the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, and has also been a visitor at several institutions including Yale, London Business School, the Institute for International Economic Studies, and the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston and Minneapolis
Reducing poverty in sub-Saharan Africa will entail the movement of people out of quasi-subsistence agriculture, the sector in which most of the poor currently earn their livelihoods. This structural transformation can occur both through improving productivity in smallholder farms and creating opportunities elsewhere in the economy, whether in agriculture or non-agriculture.