Paul Collier is a world famous economist hailing from Great Britain. He is perhaps best known for being knighted in 2014 for his distinguished career and invaluable contributions to the field of economics.
Collier was born on 23rd April, 1949 and was raised in Sheffield. He received his initial education from the King Edward VII School. Collier later went on to receive the Distinction Award from the University of Oxford. After completing education, he had teaching stints at numerous educational institutes. Up until 2012, he taught economics at Oxford, and also held the directorship of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University. He then jumped ship to Blavatnik School of Government, where he is currently professor of economics, while he also holds a Professorial Fellowship at St Anthony’s College.
Collier holds considerable pedigree in the realm of written publications and journalism. His works have been published in numerous renowned magazines and journals, including The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Collier has written across a number of topics, including the repercussions of foreign aid, the factors which stimulate civil war and the effects that follow, as well as the issues entailed by democracy in countries characterized by low per capita incomes but high natural resource reserves.
One of Collier’s earlier works includes ‘Labour and poverty in rural Tanzania’, for which he received the Edgar Graham Book Prize in 1988. Some of his more recent works include ‘Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places’, and ‘The Plundered Planet’, which were published in 2009 and 2010 respectively. One of Collier’s most famous works is perhaps ‘The Bottom Billion’, published in 2007. The was widely acclaimed critically, winning the Lionel Gelber, Arthur Ross and Corine prizes in 2009 and jointly won the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book prize. The book has been hailed for its insightful analysis in determining whether developmental aid does in fact benefits its recipient nations. Collier is currently writing his latest book, titled ‘State of War’, in which he will attempt to delve in to the reasons behind the ineffectiveness of democracy in the less developed nations.
Collier’s impressive resume boasts a five year stint at the World Bank as well, where has assumed the role of Director of the Research and Development Department. He now serves at the International Monetary Fund as advisor to the Strategy and Policy Department. In 2008, Collier had the honor of being assigned the title of CBE for his contributions to the areas of scholarship and development. Six years down the road he was knighted by the British empire of his research endeavors in Africa. His other credentials include membership among the Council of the Royal Economic Society, as well as a position on the board of advisors of the Academics Stand Against Poverty. Collier was also invited to Paris by Sciences Po as Distinguished Invited Professor for his unparalleled knowledge in his domain, while he is also the patron of the Media Legal Defense Initiative.
Paul Collier is a widely respected and acknowledged both within and outside the field of economics. Foreign Policy magazine hailed him as one of the finest thinkers in the world for the two consecutive years 2010 and 2011. He will undoubtedly go down as one of the great minds of his generation.