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John Hoddinott

  • Ph.D Economics
  • Deputy Division Director; Senior Research Fellow
  • International Food Policy Research Institute
  • 102PublicationsNumber of items in John's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 23Followers


John Hoddinott is a Deputy Director in the Poverty Health and Nutrition Division. Before joining IFPRI he held university appointments in Canada and the United Kingdom, including a University Lectureship in Economics and Fellowship at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. A Canadian citizen, Hoddinott holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Toronto, an M.A. from York University and a D.Phil. in Economics from the University of Oxford. His principal research interest lies in the microeconometric analysis of issues in development economics. John is especially interested in the causes of poverty, food insecurity and undernutrition, and the design and evaluation of interventions that would reduce these. Much of his current research has focused on the determinants and consequences of human capital formation. This builds on his earlier work on modeling the processes of intra-household resource allocation and on labor markets. John has also had involvement in discussions surrounding aid flows, responses to the 2008 food price crisis and reforms to the global food security architecture such as the Food Aid Convention. John Hoddinott currently leads a five country study evaluating the impact of food, cash and voucher transfers being conducted for the World Food Program, the evaluation of Ethiopia’s Food Security Programme and is part of a team evaluating South Africa’s Child Support Grant. He was the leader of the recent evaluation of Brazil’s Bolsa Familia cash transfer program and participated in the impact evaluation of PROGRESA. John has been heavily involved in primary data collection through living in a mud hut in western Kenya and a small town near Timbucktu Mali, as well as developing longitudinal and cross-sectional household and community surveys in Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Mali, Namibia and Zimbabwe. CURRENT POSITION 2002-present: Deputy Division Director; Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C. 1997-present: Research Associate, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford 2002-present: Adjunct Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Dalhousie University 2009-present: Adjunct Faculty Member, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland PROFESSIONAL SERVICE 2009-present: Managing Editor, Journal of African Economies 2011-present: Associate Editor, Food Security 2003-present: Member, Editorial Board, The Journal of Development Studies 1997-2007: Member, Editorial Board, Oxford Development Studies 2000, 2005-2008: Member, Publications Review Committee, International Food Policy Research Institute 2009-2011: Leland Program Policy Advisor, Congressional Hunger Center 2005-2008: Technical Advisor, Strengthening Emergency Needs Assessment Capacities (SENAC), World Food Programme

Recent publications

  • Must Conditional Cash Transfer Programs be conditioned to be effective? The impact of conditioning transfers on school enrollment in Mexico

    • De Brauw A
    • Hoddinott J
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  • Poverty and Inequality in Ethiopia: 1995/96 – 2004/05

    • Woldehanna T
    • Hoddinott J
    • Dercon S

Professional experience

Deputy Division Director; Senior Research Fellow

International Food Policy Research Institute

January 2002 - Present

Visiting Lecturer

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

January 2010 - December 2010(a year)

Associate Professor of Economics (tenured)

Department of Economics, Dalhousie University

January 2000 - January 2002(2 years)

Acting Division Director (2000); Senior Research Fellow; Research Fellow

International Food Policy Research Institute

January 1997 - January 2000(3 years)

Senior Research Associate

Queen Elizabeth House

January 1994 - January 1997(3 years)

University Lecturer (CUF) in Economics and Fellow and Tutor (tenured)

Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.

January 1993 - January 1997(4 years)

Research Officer

Centre for the Study of African Economies

January 1990 - January 1997(7 years)

Visiting Professor

Department of Economics, University of Toronto

January 1995 - December 1995(a year)

Research Lecturer in Economics

Trinity College

January 1989 - January 1993(4 years)

Visiting Lecturer

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

January 1991 - December 1991(a year)

Lecturer in Economics

Worcester College

January 1988 - January 1989(a year)

Research Associate

Economics Department, University of Nairobi

January 1988 - December 1988(a year)

Research Economist

Ontario Ministry of Treasury and Economics

January 1986 - December 1986(a year)


D. Phil. (Economics)

University of Oxford

August 1986 - July 1989(3 years)

M.A. (Economics)

York University

August 1984 - July 1986(2 years)

B.A. (Honours, Economics)

University of Toronto

August 1980 - July 1984(4 years)

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