Stephen O'Connell

Professor of Economics

Professor Stephen O'Connell is an authority on the political economy of Africa and on macroeconomic policy in low-income developing countries.

With Benno Ndulu of the World Bank and under the auspices of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) in Nairobi, O'Connell has spent the last several years coordinating a large research project on the post-independence economic performance of African countries. The results are presented in The Political Economy of Economic Growth in Africa, 1960-2000, a two-volume study from Cambridge University Press (2007).

He is currently working on the monetary policy management of surges in foreign aid, as part of a project on robust monetary policy rules for low-income countries, and collaborating with colleague Steve Golub on an UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) study of trade and development strategies for the least-developed countries.

Professor O'Connell is a member of the Programme Committee of the AERC, an NGO devoted to building the research and advisory capacity of the economics profession in sub-Saharan Africa. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.