Steven Radelet

Steven Radelet
Professor in the Practice
305 J ICC

Professor in the Practice

Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development

Director of Global Human Development Program

Steven Radelet is Professor in the Practice of Development, Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development, and the Director of the Global Human Development Program. His research and teaching focus on economic growth, poverty reduction, foreign aid, and debt, primarily in Africa and Asia. Professor Radelet has extensive experience as a policy maker in the U.S. Government; as an adviser to developing country leaders; and as a researcher, teacher and writer. He previously served as Chief Economist for USAID, Senior Adviser for Development to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He currently serves as an economic adviser to the President of Liberia. He spent four years as a resident adviser to the Ministry of Finance in Jakarta, Indonesia, and two years as resident adviser in the Ministry of Finance in The Gambia. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Samoa. From 2002 to 2009, Dr. Radelet was Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development. From 1990 to 2000, he was on the faculty of Harvard University, where he was a Fellow at the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) and a Lecturer on Economics and Public Policy.

Areas of Expertise: Africa, Asia, development economics, foreign aid, international debt, IMF, World Bank, USAID, globalization, economic growth, global poverty.

  • Ph.D. (1990) Harvard University, Public Policy
  • M.P.P. (1986) Harvard University, Public Policy
  • B.S. (1979) Central Michigan University, Mathematics



Dwight Perkins, Steven Radelet, David Lindauer, and Stephen Block. Economics of Development, 7th edition. New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Co., 2012.

Steven Radelet. Emerging Africa: How 17 Countries Are Leading the Way . Washington, DC: Center for Global Development, 2010.

Steven Radelet. Challenging Foreign Aid: A Policymaker’s Guide to the Millennium Challenge Account. Washington, DC: Center for Global Development, 2003.


Michael Clemens, Steven Radelet, Rikhil Bhavnani, and Samuel Bazzi. “Counting Chickens When They Hatch: Timing and the Effects of Aid on Growth.” The Economic Journal 122.561 (2012): 590-617.

Steven Radelet. “Success Stories from Emerging Africa.” Journal of Democracy 21.4 (2010): 87-101.

Steven Radelet and Bilal Siddiqi. “Global Fund Grant Programs: An Analysis of Evaluation Scores.” The Lancet 369.9575 (2007): 1807-13.


Steven Radelet. “The Unprecedented Gains in Global Development and New Directions for Development Assistance.” Frontiers in Development. Ed. Rajiv Shah and Steven Radelet. Washington, D.C.: USAID, 2012.

Steven Radelet. “Foreign Aid.” International Handbook of Development Economics. Ed. Amitava Dutt and Jamie Ros . London: Edward Elgar, 2008.

Steven Radelet and Jeffrey Sachs. “The Onset of the East Asian Currency Crisis.” Currency Crises . Ed. Paul Krugman. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.