Paul Collier

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Paul Collier

Areas of activity: governance in low-income countries, especially the political economy of democracy, economic growth in Africa, economics of civil war, aid, globalisation and poverty.

Exodus: Immigration and Mulitculturalism in the 21st Century
Published by Allen Lane (UK)

Exodus: How Migration is Changing Our World
Published by OUP (USA)

  • "Paul Collier is one of the world's most thoughtful economists. His books consistently illuminate and provoke. Exodus is no exception." --The Economist
  • "Magisterial. Paul Collier offers a comprehensive, incisive, and well-written balance sheet of the pros and cons of immigration for receiving societies, sending societies, and migrants themselves. For everyone on every side of this contentious issue, Exodus is a must-read." --Robert Putnam, Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University, and author of Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
  • "Paul Collier has done it again. Exodus is his latest effort to subject taboo topics to straightforward questions that most other scholars shrink from asking. This time Collier considers the effects of migration on the departing peoples' new homes, their old homes, and the emigrants themselves. Collier's framework for thinking about the topic is valuable; his explanation of past research is insightful; and his agenda for further studies displays his aptitude for considering big topics while pressing for detailed research. Moreover, he courageously interconnects different fields of scholarship-addressing problems that don't fit neatly into academic categories. This book is a true achievement." --Robert B. Zoellick, Former President of the World Bank Group, U.S. Trade Representative, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

The Plundered Planet: How to Reconcile Prosperity With Nature
Published by Allen Lane (UK)

The Plundered Planet: Why We Must--And How We Can--Manage Nature for Global Prosperity
Published by OUP (USA)
  • "In this path-breaking book, Paul Collier develops one of the most fascinating subjects he touched on in The Bottom Billion-- the resource curse. It will be of great interest to all those who are concerned about the future of our civilization."--George Soros
  • "Paul Collier has written with great insight about the prospects of the bottom billion. In The Plundered Planet, he addresses himself to the complex opportunities, challenges and risks in managing the planet's natural resources. The bottom billion have a huge stake and an important role in the outcomes. Collier helps us see these issues through their eyes."--Michael Spence, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics
  • "Read this book."--Sir Nicholas Stern, author of The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change

Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places
Published by Bodley Head (UK), Harpercollins (USA), Vintage (UK)
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  • “In Wars, Guns, and Votes, Paul Collier has set out to bring empirical rigor to our intuitions. . . . Collier has made a substantial contribution to current discussions. His evidence-based approach is a worthwhile corrective to the assumptions about democracy that too often tend to dominate when Western policy makers talk about the bottom billion.” — Kenneth Roth, The New York Times Book Review
  • “Before President Obama makes a move he would do well to read Professor Paul Collier’s Wars, Guns, and Votes. . . Unlike many academics Collier comes up with very concrete proposals and some ingenious solutions.” — The Times (London)

The Bottom Billion
Published by OUP (UK, USA)
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  • 'The best book on international affairs so far this year' Nicolas Kristof, New York Times, 14 June 2007
  • Read a Financial Times review of The Bottom Billion
  • 'This is an arresting, provocative book. If you care about the fate of the poorest people in the world, and want to understand what can be done to help them, read it. If you don't care, read it anyway.' - Tim Harford, Financial Times columnist and author of The Undercover Economist
  • 'Paul Collier's book is of great importance. He has shown clearly what is happening to the poorest billion in the world, why it is happening and what can be done to open up greater opportunities for them in a world of increasing wealth. His ideas should be at the centre of the policy debate.' - Sir Nicholas Stern, Head of the UK Government Economic Service
  • 'A path-breaking work providing penetrating insights into the largely unexplored borderland between economics and politics.' - George Soros
  • 'Paul Collier has given us one of the most engaging and provocative books on development to appear in a long time. His analyses and proposals...should be embraced by people who care and can do something about the poorest of the world.' - Ernesto Zedillo, Director, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, Former President of Mexico
  • 'A persuasive and important challenge to current thinking on development.' - Larry Summers, formerly President of Harvard University and US Secretary of the Treasury


Paul Collier is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies. He took a five year Public Service leave, 1998-2003, during which he was Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank. He is also a Professeur invité at Sciences Po, and at Paris 1. In 2008 Paul was awarded a CBE ‘for services to scholarship and development’.

He is the author of The Bottom Billion, which in 2008 won the Lionel Gelber, Arthur Ross and Corine prizes and in May 2009 was the joint winner of the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book prize. His second book, Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places was published in March 2009; and his latest book, The Plundered Planet: How to reconcile prosperity with nature was published in May 2010.

Paul is currently Advisor to the Strategy and Policy Department of the IMF, advisor to the Africa Region of the World Bank. He has been writing a monthly column for the Independent, and also writes for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resources rich societies.

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