“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Rabah Arezki is the Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa Region at the World Bank and a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Previously, Rabah Arezki was the Chief of the Commodities and Environment Unit in the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund and a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is also an external research associate at the University of Oxford, a research fellow at the CESifo, a resource person at the African Economic Research Consortium and a research fellow at the Economic Research Forum.
Mr. Arezki is the author and co-author of numerous academic journal publications and other publications, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Economic Journal, the European Economic Review, the Journal of International Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, and Economic Policy. Mr. Arezki’s research covers a wide array of topics including the macro-development of resource rich countries, energy and the environment, the economics of the Middle-East and Africa, institutions, human capital, innovation and economic growth.
Mr. Arezki is the co-editor, and co-author of five books including Beyond the Curse: Policies to Harness the Power of Natural Resources, Commodity Price Volatility and Inclusive Growth in Low-Income Countries, Shifting Commodity Markets in a Globalized World, Coping with the Climate Crisis: Mitigation Policies and Global Coordination, and Rethinking the Macroeconomics of Resource Rich Countries.
Many of Mr. Arezki’s research papers have been cited extensively in academic circles and in prominent media outlets such as the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Mr. Arezki is also a frequent contributor to Project Syndicate, VoxEU, Finance and Development, an associate editor of the Revue d’Economie du Développement and was the Editor of the IMF Research Bulletin.
Mr. Arezki received his M.S. from the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique in Paris , M.A. from the University of Paris-1 PantheonSorbonne and Ph.D. in economics from the European University Institute.Last Updated: Jul 11, 2019, 9:45am