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Emmanuel Letouzé

Non-resident Adviser | eletouze@me.com

Emmanuel Letouzé is an IPI Non-resident Adviser working in the areas of new technologies in peacebuilding and conflict prevention, as well as statebuilding and civilian capacities. He is a regular consultant for the UN and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and a PhD candidate in demography at UC Berkeley with interests in Big Data for development, fragile states and conflict, fiscal policy, and demography.

He is currently serving as an advisor on Big Data and official statistics for the OECD-Paris21 initiative, and is the lead author of the 2013 OECD Fragile States Update on domestic resource mobilization. His recent assignments include lead author of a paper on Big Data for Conflict Prevention for a IPI-USIP-USAID project; lead author of the OECD 2012 Fragile States report; and author of UN Global Pulse’s white paper on "Big Data for Development: Opportunities & Challenges," where he worked as a senior development economist.

He is a regular contributor to IPI’s Global Observatory and to Bruegel’s blog. From 2006 to 2009, he worked at United Nations Development Programme in New York as a member of the 2009 Human Development Report research team (migration report), a policy specialist on post-conflict economic recovery, and a public finance economist. From 2000 to 2004, he worked in Hanoi, Vietnam as a technical assistant in public finance and statistics for the French Ministry of Finance.

He is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris (Diplôme, 1999, MA in Economic Demography, 2000) and Columbia University (MA in International Affairs, 2006), where he was a Fulbright fellow and a teaching assistant in economics. At Berkeley, his doctoral dissertation focuses on the use of Big Data to study demo-economic dynamics in developing countries. He is also a political cartoonist for various media outlets.

Selected publications:

Big Data for Development

“Big Data: Obsolescence or Renaissance of Official Statistics?” Lead author of paper with J. Jütting and E. Bensel (OECD-Paris21) to be presented at International Statistical Institute World Congress in Hong Kong in August 2013 (forthcoming).

"Big Data for Conflict Prevention: The New Oil Meets Old Fires,”Lead author of paper with P. Meier and P. Vinck for USAID-UNDP-IPI Report on New Technology and Conflict Prevention, April 2013

“Big Data, aggregates and individuals,” Blog post for Bruegel think tank, with J. Cohen-Setton, March 26, 2013

“GDP, welfare and the rise of data-driven activities." Blog post for Bruegel, with J. Cohen-Setton, March 18, 2013

“Can Big Data from Cellphones Help Prevent Conflict?” Blog post for IPI Global Observatory, November 2012

“Big Data for Development: Challenges and Opportunities,” UN Global Pulse’s White Paper, May 2012

“High-frequency data for investors and policymakers,” Blog post for Bruegel, with J. Cohen-Setton and Sh. Vallée, June 24, 2011

“Mining the Web for digital signals: Lessons from public health research,” Blog post for UN Global Pulse, November 7, 2011

“Innovation, Intent and Capacity,” Blog post for UN Global Pulse, May 5, 2011

Fragile States & Conflict

“Kidnapping paid the bills for jihadist groups in Mali. Now what?” Contribution to IPI’s Global Observatory, with S. Cramer, February 2013

“The New Fragile States Landscape: Shades, Shifts and Shake-ups." Contribution to IPI’s Global Observatory, with J. de Catheu, December 2013

“Fragile States Report 2013: Resource Flows and Trends in a Shifting World,” OECD annual report on Fragile States, Lead Author (with co-author J. de Catheu), December 2012

Report on “Post-Conflict Economic Recovery: Enabling Local Ingenuity”: co-authored chapters on the “Indigenous Drivers of Recovery” and on “Macroeconomic Considerations for Recovery," with J. Ohiorhenuan. A. Kilroy, A. Zafar and D. McLeod. UNDP, 2008.

Fiscal Policy & Governance

“Dornbusch and Edwards Revisited: Do Leftist Regimes Implement Less Sustainable Economic Policies?” Co-authored with F. Rodríguez and F. Sjöberg, Nov. 2011. Presented at seminars at Columbia and Fordham Universities.

“Leveraging Fiscal Space for Human Development in Ghana: The 2015 MDG Mark and Beyond." Prepared for UNDP Ghana Country Office, co-authored with M. McPherson and R. D. Osei (presented in Accra in Feb. 2011)

“Fiscal Space for What? Analytical Issues from a Human Development Perspective," with R. Roy and A. Heuty. UNDP, 2007, in Heuty and Roy (2009) Eds. Prepared for and presented at the G—24 Technical Meeting in Istanbul, July 2007.

“Fiscal Space for Public Investment: Toward a Human Development Approach," with R. Roy and A. Heuty. UNDP, 2006. Prepared for the G-24 Technical Meeting in Singapore, Sept. 2006; presented at the Singapore Economic Review Conference in Sept. 2007.


“Demographic tectonics." Blog post for Bruegel, with J. Cohen-Setton, 18 March 2013

“Revisiting the Migration-Development Nexus: a Gravity Model Approach” with M. Purser, F. Rodríguez and M. Cummins. UNDP, 2009. Background paper to the 2009 Human Development Report

“Human Mobility and Development: Overcoming Barriers." 2009 Human Development Report, UNDP (co-authored 1 chapter and provided inputs to 2 others)

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