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Howard Stein

Development Economist, Professor, The University of Michigan

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Howard Stein is a Professor in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) and the Dept. of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan. He is a development economist educated in Canada, the US and the UK. He is the author of Beyond the World Bank Agenda, An Institutional Approach to Development (University of Chicago, Paperback edition, 2015) which among other things explores the historical and theoretical roots of structural adjustment in Africa along with more than a dozen other books and edited collections. He has also published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and reviews. He has held university appointments in Japan, Tanzania, Netherlands, UK, US, Canada, Ireland and Portugal.  He was a Lecturer in the Economics Department of the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1980-82 while working on his Ph.D. on national economic planning.  Since then he has done research in a variety of African countries focusing on economic development issues like foreign aid, finance and banking, neoliberalism, the methodology of Randomized Controlled Trials, health and gender, climate change, industrial policy, export processing zones, agricultural policy, poverty and rural property right transformation, income inequality, Chinese economic relations, Covid-19 and the international financial system and the consequences of the dominance of neoclassical economics.