I am an Urban Economist at the World Bank where I joined the Africa Urban and Disaster Risk Management team based in Washington, DC. I have been focusing on the drivers and impediment of African cities’ productivity and livability, including fragility. My work cuts across issues of the economics of urbanization, conflict/fragility and disasters. I am currently working in various countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa. I obtained my PhD in Economics from the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Université libre de Bruxelles. In 2014-2015, I was a Fulbright visiting student researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. I hold Master degrees in economics and in demography from Université catholique de Louvain (2008 and 2012). During my PhD, I studied post-war economics, drawing from micro-level evidence from the African great lakes region.

I am particularly interested in Development Economics, Civil War, Urbanization, Public Health, Demography and Applied Microeconometrics

My CV is here.

You can contact me at odaoust@worldbank.org