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Academic Background

1987-91 MSc Economics (cum laude), Erasmus University Rotterdam
1991-93 MSc Development Economics (cum laude), Erasmus University
1993-96 Economic consultant, SEOR Rotterdam
1996-2000 PhD Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam
2001-04 Research Officer, University of Sheffield
2004- School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia


Arjan is a behavioural development economist. His current research is on agricultural investment decisions in Uganda. Recent research includes intra-household allocation in India, Ethiopia, Uganda and Nigeria; and the effectiveness of international development aid. 


 Before joining the School of International Development in 2004, Arjan worked as a Research Officer for the University of Sheffield on a DFID-funded project on pro-poor growth.

Key Research Interests

Experimental economics in developing countries; aid effectiveness; gender inequality; pro-poor growth.

DEV and UEA Research Groups: Behavioural and Experimental Development Economics; Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science

Current research focuses on small farmers’ risk attitudes, their risk-sharing arrangements, and implications for agricultural investment and insurance decisions in eastern Uganda.

Key Responsibilities

Teaching Interests

I am currently supervising the following research students:


  • Baimba Koroma (growth, human development and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Janet Mwende Mutiso (sweet potato farming in Uganda)
  • Matthew Heaton (seed systems in Ethiopia and Uganda)
  • Harsh Vasani (Indian aid to Nepal)
  • Ngukwase Surma (female economic empowerment in Nigeria)
  • Joshua Hill (language use and cooperation in Uganda)
  • Hanna Fuhrmann (sustainable consumption in Lima, Peru)
  • Minjin Kim (mobile micro-finance in Kenya)
  • Suvarna Pande (scarcity and risk attitudes in Uganda)
  • Floris Burgers (education in Uganda)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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