Jean-Philippe Platteau

Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow

Jean-Philippe Platteau is a Professor of economics, and the director of CRED (Centre de Recherche en Economie du Developpement), at the University of Namur, Belgium. Professor Platteau has published widely in journals and published several books, including Halting Degradation of Natural Resources – Is There a Role for Rural Communities? (Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1995) with J.M. Baland, Institutions, Social Norms, and Economic Development (Harwood Publishers and Routledge, London, 2000), Culture and Development: New Insights Into an Old Debate (Routledge, London, 2010).

His main research area is Development Economics and Economics of Institutions. Most of his work has been concerned with the understanding of the role of institutions in economic development, and the processes of institutional change, especially under the joint impact of population growth and market penetration. One of the recent trends in his research is the study of transformation of family structures in SubSaharan Africa and of the status of immigrant Muslim women in developed countries. The latter subjects reflect his increasing interest in gender issues.