Jan-Willem Gunning

Jan Willem Gunning is professor of development economics and board member of the Amsterdam Institute for International Development (AIID). Previously he was professor at the University of Oxford where he directed the Centre for the Study of African Economies. He has also been a staff member of the World Bank in Washington DC.

His research interests include impact evaluation, changes in poverty, and the effect of risk on growth in rural societies.

He holds an honorary doctorate of the University of Auvergne (France), awarded for his leading role in economic research on Africa, and is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). 

Content by Jan-Willem Gunning
  • Publication - Working Paper

    Fading choice: Transport costs and variety in consumer goods

    25 Sep 2018 | Jan-Willem Gunning, Pramila Krishnan, Andualem Mengistu

  • Blog post

    Consumer welfare impacts of high transport costs in rural Ethiopia

    Access to a variety of manufactured goods reduces in relation to the distance from urban centers. Accordingly, reductions in transport costs increase consumer welfare through higher incomes, lower prices, and increased variety.  Transport and consumption in Ethiopia Transport costs reduce consumer welfare, not only through lower incomes and higher prices, but also...

    29 Jan 2018 | Pramila Krishnan, Jan-Willem Gunning, Andualem Mengistu

  • Project

    Fading choice: Market development and the range of goods available across space

    A simple measure of market development is the range of products available across space. Current studies of market development focus exclusively on one particular aspect of development: the spatial integration of markets measured by the spatial variation in prices. In contrast, we aim to study the spatial variation in products. This idea derives from an analysis of consumer...

    23 Jul 2015 | Jan-Willem Gunning, Pramila Krishnan, Peng Zhang, Andualem Mengistu