Bob Rijkers

Bob Rijkers

Senior Economist, Development Economics

Bob Rijkers is a Senior Economist in the Trade and International Integration Unit of the Development Research Group (DECTI) and professor of Political Economy at Utrecht University. His research interests include state capture, corruption, and the distributional impacts of trade. His research has been published in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Journal, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and the Journal of Development Economics. He holds a BA in Science and Social Sciences from University College Utrecht, Utrecht University and an M.Phil. and D.Phil. in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Featured Research
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    Policy Research Talk: Detecting Corruption and State Capture

    October 2019
    Corruption is a crucial development challenge, but, by its very nature, difficult to detect. In this Policy Research Talk, Bob Rijkers discussed new methods to detect grand corruption via three case studies: Tunisia under Ben Ali; customs in Madagascar; and elite capture of international aid.
Tel : +1 202 473 0426


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