Research Staff

Espen Villanger

Deputy Director, Research Director

Journal Articles

CMI Working Papers

Economist working on violence against women, job creation and private sector development and poverty reduction.

Villanger is the Deputy Director and a Research Director at CMI with a long track record in impact evaluation and causal analysis in development. He has worked on several rigorous evaluations of interventions to reduce poverty, create jobs, empower women and efforts against intimate partner violence. He has been a team leader for a range of quantitative and qualitative evaluations and has several contributions to the aid effectiveness debate.

Interested in the documentation of results of development efforts, Villanger has participated in several studies evaluating foreign aid systems. His geographical focus is on the poorest countries in the world, and he has worked in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Namibia, Nepal, Uganda, Mozambique and Sudan.

He holds a Ph.D. from the Norwegian School of Economics, and has taught development economics at the University of Bergen.  Moreover, he worked as a Senior Economist for the World Bank based in the Ethiopia Country Office from 2009 to 2012.