Lars Christian Moller is the World Bank Group (WBG) lead economist and program leader for Ethiopia. Based in Addis Ababa since December 2012, his role is to oversee the WBG’s work in the following Global Practices: Macro-Fiscal, Poverty, Trade & Competitiveness, and, Markets & Finance. He is the co-author of the Ethiopia Economic Update Series.
Prior to this assignment, Moller was the senior country economist for Colombia, based in Bogota. In this role, he led a programmatic series of development policy loans and knowledge services in support of the Government of Colombia’s fiscal reform program.
Moller has 12 years of practical experience in the field of development economics and he has worked in 15 developing countries across four different regions, including a two-year assignment for the Ministry of Finance in Uganda. His work has been published in the Journal of Development Studies and Environmental and Resources Economics, and various World Bank reports on topics as diverse as macroeconomic policy, competitiveness, structural change, fiscal policy, inequality, labor markets, food market policy, and the economics of trans-boundary water management.
A Danish national, Moller holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Nottingham (U.K.) in the areas of microeconomic theory and behavioral economics. He also holds M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Economics from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), and an M.A. in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia (U.K.).