Kenneth M. Chomitz
Senior Advisor, Independent Evaluation Group
Kenneth Chomitz is a Senior Advisor in the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank, where he is leading a series of evaluations of the Bank’s climate change activities, and advises more generally on assessing development effectiveness. Previously he was with the Bank’s Development Research Group. Chomitz’s work has focused on global environmental issues. Climate Change and the World Bank Group: The Challenge of Low Carbon Development, an evaluation he directed, assesses the effectiveness of the Bank Group in promoting greenhouse gas mitigation. His book, At Loggerheads? Agricultural Expansion, Poverty Reduction and Environment in the Tropical Forests, was called “far and away the best available treatment of the globally critical issue of tropical forest conservation” by Conservation Biology. He was a coauthor of the Bank’s World Development Report 2003: Sustainable Development in a Dynamic World. Chomitz was a pioneer in the econometric modeling of deforestation using remote sensing data. He has published articles on economic issues related to deforestation, biodiversity, and climate change, and has also worked on issues related to health, population, and labor. Chomitz holds a degree in mathematics from MIT and a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was a National Research Council Fellow at the US National Academy of Sciences; Assistant Professor of Economics at Boston University; and Senior Advisor with the Development Studies Project, a policy research institute associated with the Indonesian National Development Planning Board.
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