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Department of Economics
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003, USA
Tel: 413-545-0915
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Director, Program on Development, Peacebuilding, and the Environment, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Professor, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


D.Phil., M.A., Oxford University, 1985.

B.A. (Honors), Yale University, 1973.


2007 Reclaiming Nature: Environmental Justice and Ecological Restoration (editor, with Sunita Narain and Elizabeth A. Stanton). London: Anthem Press.

2007 Peace and the Public Purse: Economic Policies for Postwar Statebuilding (editor, with Madalene O’Donnell). Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.

2006 Human Development in the Era of Globalization: Essays in Honor of Keith B. Griffin (editor, with Stephen Cullenberg, Prasanta K. Pattanaik and Robert Pollin). Northampton:Edward Elgar.

2003 Natural Assets: Democratizing Environmental Ownership (editor, with Barry G. Shelley). Washington, DC: Island Press.

2002 Investing in Peace: Aid and Conditionality after Civil Wars. Oxford: Oxford University Press. International Institute for Strategic Studies, Adelphi Paper 351.

2002 The Political Economy of the Environment. Cheltenham, U.K. and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

1996 Economic Policy for Building Peace: The Lessons of El Salvador (editor). Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner. Revised edition published in Spanish as Ajuste Hacia La Paz: La política económica de posguerra en El Salvador, Mexico City: Plaza y Valdes, 1999.

1994 Café y Desarrollo Sostenible [Coffee and Sustainable Development ] (with Alvaro Fernandez, Edgar Furst, and Olman Segura). Herédia, Costa Rica: Editorial Fundación Universidad Nacional Autónoma.

1993 The Philippines: The Political Economy of Growth and Impoverishment in the Marcos Era. London: Macmillan; Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press; Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press. Published in conjunction with the OECD Development Centre's Research Programme on Alternative Development Strategies.

1990 The Political Economy of External Indebtedness: A Case Study of the Philippines. Makati: Philippine Institute for Development Studies, Monograph Series No. 12.

1987 Agrarian Impasse in Bengal: Institutional Constraints to Technological Change. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

1983 A Quiet Violence: View from a Bangladesh Village (with Betsy Hartmann). London: Zed Press; Delhi: Oxford University Press; San Francisco: Institute for Food and Development Policy; and Dhaka: University Press Limited.

1979 Needless Hunger: Voices from a Bangladesh Village (with Betsy Hartmann). San Francisco: Institute for Food and Development Policy. Revised edition, 1982. Revised German edition published under the title Hunger in einem Fruchtbaren Land (Freiburg: Informationszentrum Dritte Welt), 1989.

1975 National and International Agricultural Research and Extension Programs (with Robert Evenson). New York: Agricultural Development Council.


2008 ‘Is Inequality Bad for the Environment?’ Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, Vol. 15, pp. 267-288.

2008 ‘Capital Flight from Sub-Saharan Africa’ (with Léonce Ndikumana). Tax Justice Focus, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 5-6.

2008 ‘Cap and Dividend: How to Curb Global Warming While Promoting Income Equity’ (with Matthew E. Riddle), in Jonathan Harris and Neva Goodwin, eds., Twenty-First Century Macroeconomics: Responding to the Climate Challenge. Cheltenham and Northampton, pp. 191-222.

2007 ‘A Chinese Sky Trust? Distributional Impacts of Carbon Charges and Revenue Recycling in China’ (with Mark Brenner and Matthew Riddle). Energy Policy, Vol. 35, pp. 1771-1784.

2007 ‘Land Reform and Sustainable Development’ (with Peter Rosset and Elizabeth A. Stanton) in James K. Boyce, Sunita Narain, and Elizabeth A. Stanton, eds., Reclaiming Nature: Environmental Justice and Ecological Restoration. London: Anthem Press.

2007 ‘Inequality and Environmental Protection,’ in Jean-Marie Baland, Pranab Bardhan, and Samuel Bowles, eds., Inequality, Collective Action, and Environmental Sustainability. Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 314-348.

2006 ‘A Future for Small Farms? Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture,’ in James K. Boyce, Stephen Cullenberg, Prasanta K. Pattanaik and Robert Pollin, eds., Human Development in the Era of Globalization: Essays in Honor of Keith B. Griffin. Northampton: Edward Elgar, pp. 83-104.

2006 In the Wake of the Storm: Environment, Disaster, and Race After Katrina (with Manuel Pastor, Robert D. Bullard, Alice Fothergill, Rachel Morello-Frosch, and Beverly Wright). New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

2005 'Development Assistance, Conditionality, and War Economies,' in Karen Ballentine and Heiko Nitzsche, eds., Profiting from Peace: Managing the Resource Dimensions of Civil War. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, pp. 287-314.

2005 'Africa's Debt: Who Owes Whom?' (with Léonce Ndikumana) in Gerald A. Epstein, ed., Capital Flight and Capital Controls in Developing Countries. Northampton: Edward Elgar, pp. 334-340.

2005 Environment for the People (with Elizabeth A. Stanton). Amherst: Political Economy Research Institute, and New Delhi: Centre for Science and the Environment.

2004 ‘Democratizing Global Economic Governance,' Development and Change, Vol. 35, No. 3, June, pp. 593-599.

2004 ‘Green and Brown? Globalization and the Environment,' Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 105-128.

2003 ‘Public Debts and Private Assets: Explaining Capital Flight from Sub-Saharan African Countries' (with Leonce Ndikumana), World Development, Vol. 31, No. 1, January, pp. 107-130.

2003 ‘Afrika: Schuldenlast und Schuldenlust' (with Leonce Ndikumana), Der Uberblick, March, pp. 7-73. English version available online as ‘ Africa's Debt: Who Owes Whom? ', PERI Working Paper Number 48.

2002 ‘Aid Conditionality as a Tool for Peacebuilding: Opportunities and Constraints,' Development and Change, Vol. 33, No. 5, November, pp. 1025-1048. Reprinted in Jennifer Milliken, ed., State Failure, Collapse & Reconstruction (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003), pp. 267-289.

2002 ‘Unpacking Aid,' Development and Change, Vol. 33, No. 2, April, pp. 239-246.

2002 ‘Where Credit is Due: Allocating Credit to Advance Environmental Goals' (with Jane D'Arista), Challenge, Vol. 45, No. 3, May-June, pp. 58-82.

2001 Is Africa a Net Creditor? New Estimates of Capital Flight from Severely Indebted Sub-Saharan African Countries, 1970-1996 ' (with Leonce Ndikumana), Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 27-56.

2001 ‘ From Natural Resources to Natural Assets,' New Solutions, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 267-288.

2000Let Them Eat Risk: Wealth, Rights, and Disaster Vulnerability,' Disasters, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 254-261.

2000 ‘El Salvador: Economic Disparities, External Intervention, and Civil Conflict' (with Manuel Pastor), in E.W. Nafziger, F. Stewart, and R. Vayrynen, eds., War, Hunger, and Displacement: The Origins of Humanitarian Emergencies. Volume 2: Case Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 365-400.

2000 ‘Beyond Good Intentions: External Assistance and Peacebuilding,' in S. Forman and S. Patrick, eds., Good Intentions: Pledges of Aid for Postconflict Recovery. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, pp. 367-382.

1999 ‘Power Distribution, the Environment, and Public Health: A State-Level Analysis' (with Andrew R. Klemer, Paul H. Templet, and Cleve E. Willis), Ecological Economics, Vol. 29, pp. 127-140.

1998 ‘Market Liberalisation, Market Failure,' Politica Internazionale (Rome), Vol. 27, No. 5, September/October, pp. 151-160. Reprinted in Kevin Gallagher and Jacob Werksman, eds., The Earthscan Reader on International Trade and Sustainable Development (London: Earthscan, 2002).

1998 'Aid for Peace: Can International Financial Institutions Help Prevent Conflict ?' (with Manuel Pastor, Jr.), World Policy Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 42-49.

1998 ‘Income, Inequality, and Pollution: A Reassessment of the Environmental Kuznets Curve' (with Mariano Torras), Ecological Economics, Vol. 25, pp. 147-160.

1998 'Congo's Odious Debt: External Borrowing and Capital Flight in Zaire' (with Leonce Ndikumana), Development and Change, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 195-217.

1996 ‘Ecological Distribution, Agricultural Trade Liberalization, and In Situ Genetic Diversity,' Journal of Income Distribution, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 263-284. Summary version published in J. Harris et al., eds., A Survey of Sustainable Development: Social and Economic Dimensions (Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2001), pp. 235-238.

1994 ‘Inequality as a Cause of Environmental Degradation,' Ecological Economics, Vol. 11,pp. 169-178.


Lead Economist, Peacebuilding as Statebuilding Program, Center on International Cooperation, New York University, 2004-.

Chair, Consultative and Advisory Group, Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics

Steering Committee, E3 Network: Economics for Equity and the Environment

Advisory Board, Center for Popular Economics.

Member, New Rules for Global Finance Coalition.

Senior Advisory Council, Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow.

Editorial Advisory Board, Development and Change.

Director, Natural Assets Project, a collaborative research and education project funded by the Ford Foundation, 1999-2005.

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