Peter Lanjouw is professor of Development Economics at VU University since January, 2015. Prior to his appointment to the VU he was Research Manager of the Poverty Team in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. He joined the World Bank in 1992, after completing his doctoral studies in economics from the London School of Economics. His research focuses on the analysis of poverty and inequality as well as on rural development, notably the study of a village economy in rural India and the broader analysis of rural non-farm diversification. He has taught at UC Berkeley, University of Namur, the Foundation for the Advanced Study of International Development in Tokyo, and he is also an Honorary Fellow of the Amsterdam Institute of International Development, Amsterdam. He is editor of the World Bank Research Observer and a former associate editor of the World Bank Economic Review as well as past editorial board member of the Journal of African Economies. He has published in such leading economics journals as Econometrica, the Economic Journal and the Journal of Public Economics as well as numerous field journals such as Journal of Development Economics, The World Bank Economic Review, World Development, Agricultural Economicsand the Journal of Economic Inequality.