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Pierre-Richard Agenor

Hallsworth Professor of International Macroeconomics and Development Economics

Personal profile


Profile: BA, MSc, PhD

Prior to joining the University of Manchester, Professor Agénor was Lead Economist and Director of the Macroeconomics and Policy Assessment Skills Program, World Bank. Prior to that, he was an Economist and Senior Economist in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund. 

During the academic year 2003-04, he was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Yale University. He has also taught at Georgetown University and has given lectures, seminars, and short courses in universities and research centres in more than forty countries.

Research interests

Specific research interests:

Professor Agénor’s research interests focus on:

  • International macroeconomics,
  • development economics,
  • unemployment and labour markets,
  • growth theory (with a particular emphasis on the role of public capital), and
  • poverty reduction.

He is widely regarded as one of the leading contributors to the analytical and operational research on the macroeconomics of growth, poverty reduction, and human development.

Other research

Current research projects:

Professor Agénor’s current research agenda focuses on:

a) monetary policy with imperfect credit markets;

b) poverty and low-growth traps, with particular emphasis on the role of foreign aid, public capital, and governance; and

c) the links between crime, violence, and growth.

Further information


Phd Students:

  • Koray Alper
  • Sen Min Wong
  • Devrim Yilmaz

Further information

Administrative duties:

Professor Agénor is Co-Director of the Centre for Growth and Business Cycle Research at the University of Manchester. Under his supervision, the Centre offers an annual course on "Macroeconomics for Growth and Poverty Reduction," which attracts researchers and professionals from around the world.

Other teaching information

Current teaching:

ECON20032 Macroeconomics 4 (undergraduate)

ECON60132 International Macroeconomics (postgraduate)

ECON61212 Advanced Topics in Development Economics (postgraduate)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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