Eric Werker

Associate Professor, Strategy and International Business
PhD, A.B.

Email Address: ewerker@sfu.ca

Academia: https://cgi.sfu.ca/~ewerker/frontiereconomies/
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Biography

Eric Werker is Associate Professor in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and academic lead from SFU to the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute. Eric researches how less developed countries can build more thriving and inclusive private sectors, particularly when they are rich in natural resources, and how international actors can play a positive role in creating successful societies. He has written on foreign aid, foreign investment, natural resource management, non-governmental organizations, inter-governmental organizations, refugees, and Ebola. Eric teaches about emerging markets, strategy, governance, and global economics to MBAs and executives and has authored numerous case studies on companies and countries around the world.

To learn more about the framework behind Eric's December 2016 Harvard Business Review article on frontier economies (joint with Aldo Musacchio), check out the first website above. To download/order his 2018 Oxford University Press book, Deals and Development (joint with Lant Pritchett and Kunal Sen), use the second/third links above.

Outside of academia, Eric is an advisor to the Liberia program of the International Growth Centre in London, serves on the advisory group of the Center for Global Development in Washington, and was a member of the Centre for International Policy Studies study group on Canada’s sustainable development policy in Ottawa. He has set up and directed the International Growth Centre’s Liberia program, served as economic advisor to the President of Liberia, supported host government teams negotiating concession agreements, consulted to the NGO Conservation International on low-carbon development and to the US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation on foreign aid projects, and worked with the Refugee Law Project in Uganda.  

Eric grew up in Vancouver, earned his A.B. and Ph.D in economics at Harvard, and then spent nearly a decade on the faculty of Harvard Business School before finding his way back home. In his spare time Eric enjoys family, skiing, climbing, and mountain biking. He lives in Kitsilano with his wife and two kids.

Selected Publications

Articles and Reports

Paul Novosad; Eric Werker

Who runs the international system? Nationality and leadership in the United Nations Secretariat

2017 | Review of International Organizations. | Download

John Spray; Eric Werker

Price Controls in Liberia

2017 | Economic Development and Cultural Change. | Download

Aldo Musacchio; Eric Werker

Mapping frontier economies

2016 | Harvard Business Review. 94(12): 40-48

John W. McArthur; Eric Werker

Developing countries and international organizations: Introduction to the special issue

2016 | Review of International Organizations. 11(2): 155-169 | Download

Jeremy Bowles; Jonas Hjort; Timothy Melvin; Eric Werker

Ebola, Jobs, and Economic Activity in Liberia

2016 | Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 70(3): 271-277 | Download

Margaret Biggs; John W. McArthur; Kate Higgins; David Moloney; Eric Werker; Julia Sanchez

Towards 2030: Building Canada's engagement with global sustainable development

2015 | Download

Jeremy Bowles; Jonas Hjort; Timothy Melvin; Eric Werker

Ebola, Jobs, and Economic Activity in Liberia

2015 | Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Faisal Z. Ahmed; Eric Werker

Aid and the rise and fall of conflict in the Muslim world

2015 | Quarterly Journal of Political Science. 10(2): 155 - 186 | Download

Rachel Glennerster; Eric Werker

The economics of Ebola

2015 | LSE Connect. (Summer): 11-13 | Download

Eric Werker

A market-based mechanism to improve capital expenditures

2013 | Ideas for Africa. | Download

Mounir Siaplay; Eric Werker

What role for private education in Liberia's public education policy?

2013 | Download

Axel Dreher; Stephan Klasen; James R. Vreeland; Eric Werker

The costs of favoritism: Is politically-driven aid less effective?

2013 | Economic Development and Cultural Change. 62(1): 157-191 | Download

Eric Werker

Learning from double-digit growth experiences

2013 | Download

Shannon Ding; Kelly Wyett; Eric Werker

South Sudan: The birth of an economy

2012 | Innovations (Cambridge): Technology, Governance, Globalization. 7(1): 73-90 | Download

Lant Pritchett; Eric Werker

Developing the guts of a GUT (Grand Unified Theory): elite commitment and inclusive growth

2012 | Download

Eric Werker; Shawn A. Cole; Andrew Healy

Natural disasters hurt incumbents

2012 | Politico. | Download

Shawn Cole; Andrew Healy; Eric Werker

Do voters demand responsive governments? Evidence from Indian disaster relief

2012 | Journal of Development Economics. 97(2): 167 - 181 | Download

Eric Werker

Disaster politics: International politics and relief efforts

2010 | Harvard International Review (Website). | Download

Ashwin Kaja; Eric Werker

Corporate governance at the World bank and the dilemma of global governance

2010 | World Bank Economic Review. 24(2): 171-198 | Download

Eric Werker; Raymond Fisman

The end of foreign investment in Russia?

2009 | Forbes Magazine.

Eric Werker; Faisal Z. Ahmed; Charles Cohen

How is foreign aid spent? Evidence from a natural experiment

2009 | American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics. 1(2): 225-244 | Download

Eric Werker

How globalization's losers win

2009 | www.TheAtlantic.com. | Download

Charles Cohen; Eric Werker

The Political Economy of "Natural" Disasters

2008 | Journal of Conflict Resolution. 52(6): 795-819 | Download

Eric Werker; Faisal Z. Ahmed

What do Nongovernmental Organizations Do?

2008 | Journal of Economic Perspectives. 22(2): 73-92 | Download

Eric Werker

Power to the People

2008 | Foreign Policy. (Nov/Dec): 78-79 | Download

Justin Muzinich; Eric Werker

A Better Approach to Foreign Aid

2008 | Policy Review. 149: 19-28 | Download

Eric Werker

Refugee camp economies

2007 | Journal of Refugee Studies. 20(3): 461-480 | Download

Ray Fisman; Eric Werker

Local Company Politics

2007 | Capitalism and Society. 2(1) | Download

Eric Werker

KPMG for Mayor!

2007 | Forbes Magazine. 179(6): 40

Amrita Ahuja; Brian Wendell; Eric Werker

Male Circumcision and AIDS: the Macroeconomic Impact of a Health Crisis

2007

Ilyana Kuziemko; Eric Werker

How much is a seat on the security council worth? Foreign aid and bribery at the United Nations

2006 | Journal of Political Economy. 114(5): 905-930 | Download

Lucy Hovil; Eric Werker

Portrait of a failed rebellion: An account of rational, sub-optimal violence in Western Uganda

2005 | Rationality and Society. 17(1): 5-34 | Download

Eric Werker

Refugees in Kyangwali Settlement: Constraints on economic freedoms

2002 | Download

Lucy Hovil; Eric Werker

Refugees in Arua District: A human security analysis

2001 | Download

Books, Book Chapters and Monographs

Lant Pritchett; Kunal Sen; Eric Werker; Lane Pritchett

Deals and Development: An Introduction to the Conceptual Framework

2018 | Deals and Development: The Political Dynamics of Growth Episodes. 1-38

Eric Werker; Lant Pritchett

Deals and Development in a Resource-Dependent, Fragile state: The Political Economy of Growth in Liberia 1960-2014

2018 | Deals and Development: The Political Dynamics of Growth Episodes.

Lant Pritchett; Kunal Sen; Eric Werker; Lant Prichett

Searching for a ‘Recipe’ for Episodic Development

2018 | Deals and Development: The Political Dynamics of Growth Episodes. 339-354

Lant Pritchett; Kunal Sen; Eric Werker

Deals and Development: The Political Dynamics of Growth Episodes

2018

Jessica Donovan; Keith Lawrence; Christopher Neyor; Eduard Niesten; Eric Werker; Michael A. Livermore; Richard L. Revesz

Assessing potential carbon revenues from reduced forest cover loss in Liberia

2013 | The Globalization of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Environmental Policy. 293-304 | Download

Eric Werker; Faisal Ahmed; Charles Cohen; Helen V. Millner; Dustin Tingley

How is foreign aid spent? Evidence from a natural experiment

2013 | Geopolitics of Foreign Aid.

Eric Werker; Gerard Caprio

The Political Economy of Bilateral Foreign Aid

2012 | Handbook of Safeguarding Global Financial Stability: Political, Social, Cultural, and Economic Theories and Models. 47-58 | Download

Raymond Fisman; Eric Werker; Josh Lerner

Innovations in Governance

2011 | Innovation Policy and the Economy. 176 | Download

Conor Clark; Michael Kinsley; Eric Werker

Weak states can be coaxed creatively

2008 | Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and other Economic Leaders.

Teaching Related Material

Eric Werker; Lynda Applegate; Andrew Otazo; Chip Peinado

Movile: Building a global technology company

2016 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker; Michael H. Law

Hong Kong: The pursuit of freedom

2015 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker; Battushig Batbold; Kelsey Kennedy; Zanna McComish; Shaloo Savla; Nicole Shomair

Rio Tinto and mining in Mongolia: The Oyu Tolgoi deposit

2015 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker; Sebastian Berardi; Stelios Elia; Omar Muakkassa; James Zumberge

Cyprus (A)

2015 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker; Ian Cornell

Foreign Direct Investment and South Africa (B)

2014 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker; Sebastian Berardi; Stelios Elia; Omar Muakkassa; James Zumberge

Cyprus (B)

2013 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker; Sebastian Berardi; Stelios Elia; Omar Muakkassa; James Zumberge

Tax Havens

2013 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker; Yasmin Mandviwala; Henry Motte-Munoz; Arthur Wit

Ayala Corporation and the Philippines: Asset allocation in a growing economy (A)

2013 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker; Yasmin Mandviwala; Hanry Motte-Munoz; Arthur Wit

Ayala Corporation and the Philippines: Asset allocation in a growing economy (B)

2013 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Meg Rithmire; Eric Werker; Benjamin Kennedy; Andrew Knauer

Pittsburgh

2013 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker

MYTO New Entrant IPP

2013 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker

4M: Four-Markets Analysis for Emerging Economies

2012 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker; Aldo Musacchio

GEM 15: Country development strategies in 15 statistics

2012 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker; Onyechi Ezekwueche; Olatomiwa Igun; Alice Wei

Privatization of the power sector in Nigeria (A)

2012 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker; Onyechi Ezekwueche; Olatomiwa Igun

Privatization of the power sector in Nigeria (B)

2012 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker

Liberia (TN)

2012 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker; Raymond Fisman; Lauren Weber

Hermitage's Russia Quandary (A)

2012 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Dante Roscini; Eric Werker; Han-Koo Yeo

The Kaesong Industrial Complex (B): Global Manufactures GmBH's Dilemma

2012 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker; Jasmina Beganovic

Liberia

2011 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker; Raymond Fisman; Lauren Weber

Hermitage's Russia Quandary (B)

2011 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker; Aldo Musacchio; Jonathan Schlefer

Angola and the resource curse

2010 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Dante Roscini; Eric Werker; Han-Koo Yeo

The Kaesong Industrial Complex (A)

2009 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Matthew Weinzierl; Eric Werker

Barack Obama and the Bush Tax Cuts

2009 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Anette Mikes; Peter Tufano; Eric Werker; Jan E. de Neve

The World Food programme during the global food crisis (B)

2009 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Anette Mikes; Peter Tufano; Eric Werker; Jan Emmanuel de Neve

The World Food Programme During the Global Food Crisis (A)

2009 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Laura Alfaro; Eric Werker; Renee Kim

Aid, Debt Relief, and Trade: An Agenda for Fighting World Poverty (A)

2007 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Laura Alfaro; Eric Werker; Renee Kim

Aid, Debt Relief, and Trade: An Agenda for Fighting World Poverty (B)

2007 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

Eric Werker

Foreign Direct Investment and South Africa

2007 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

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