Professor Roland Pongou

Director of Research, Economic Innovation Institute for Africa

Professor Roland Pongou is a Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and an Affiliate of the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science. His primary research interests lie at the intersection of political economy, health human capital, and economic development. His work focuses on the microeconomic analysis of formal and informal institutions, and on the effects of institutions on various aspects of individual and societal wellbeing.

He is a recipient of multiple awards and fellowships. He was formerly a Visiting Scholar in the MIT Department of Economics. At Harvard, he was a Bell Fellow at the Center for Population and Development Studies, a Fellow in the Takemi Program in International Health, and a Scholar in the Program on the Global Demography of Aging. He has served as a Consultant for the World Bank.

Professor Pongou is a member of the American Economic Association, the Canadian Economic Association, the Econometric Society, the National Economic Association, the African Finance and Economic Association, the Population Association of America, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. Originally from Cameroon, he holds a PhD in Economics from Brown University.