Brian Levy

Brian Levy

Professor of the Practice of International Development
International Development


  • Developing Nations
  • Economics
  • Economic Development
  • Foreign Aid and Global Poverty
  • Governance
  • International Political Economy
  • Nation-building and Democratization
  • Newly Industrialized Countries
  • Political Risk Analysis
  • World Bank and International Monetary Fund

Background and Education

Brian Levy joined the faculty in 2012, following a 23-year career at the World Bank, where he was at the forefront of sustained efforts to integrate governance concerns into the theory and practice of economic development. Between 2007 and 2010 he was head of the secretariat responsible for the design and implementation of the World Bank Group's governance and anti-corruption strategy. He worked in the Bank's Africa Vice Presidency from 1991 to 2003, where his role included leadership of a major effort to transform and scale-up the organization’s engagement on governance reform. He has worked in over a dozen countries, spanning four continents. He has published numerous books and articles on the institutional underpinnings of regulation, on capacity development in Africa, on industrial policy, and on the political economy of development strategy. He received his PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1983.

BRIAN LEVY'S NEW BOOK -- Working with the Grain: Integrating Governance and Growth in Development Strategies (Oxford University Press, 2014)

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2015-04-13 00:00:00 
Fall 2017 
This course wil...
This course will explore how the public sector sets policy and delivers services, focusing on both the administrative realm, and the underlying political incentives. The approach will be comparative, and will range from analysis of public sector performance and its history in today’s high income countries, to the determinants of public sector performance in contemporary, institutionally weak, low-income settings
Fall 2017 
Study of develo...
Study of development reveals a range of proposals for economics, political and social reform and an equally wide range of constraints. But the challenge confronting development practitioners is to find a tractable and promising way forward, given country-specific realities. Drawing on a variety of emerging approaches to development policymaking, this course examines how to identify priorities for reform that are feasible in particular country circumstances and that have the potential to build and sustain momentum for development.