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Economic Development and Cultural Change announces new Editor in Chief

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University of Chicago Press Journals

On November 1, 2023, Prashant Bhadarwaj will succeed Marcel Fafchamps as Editor in Chief of Economic Development and Cultural Change (EDCC). Bhadarwaj is Professor of Economics and Vice Chair of Graduate Studies at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

“In addition to his economic expertise,” says Fafchamps, “Prashant brings to the journal considerable editorial expertise, having served as editor for several leading journals and, importantly, having been Associate Editor for EDCC in the past. This makes him perfectly well prepared for the job at hand.”

Bhadarwaj’s research affiliations include the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, the Center for Effective Global Action, the Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan, and the National Bureau of Economic Research. He’s served as an editor at the Journal of Human Resources and as an associate editor for Economic Development and Cultural Change, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Journal of Health Economics. He is also Co-Director of the South Asian Studies minor program at UCSD. 

Marcel Fafchamps steps down after ten years at the helm of Economic Development and Cultural Change. During his tenure as Editor in Chief, the journal has nearly doubled the amount of content published in each volume while maintaining its quality and rankings. According to David McKenzie’s annual blog on development economics journals, EDCC offers faster reviews and publishes more articles by non-OECD authors than similar titles. Economic Development and Cultural Change is a quarterly journal published by the University of Chicago Press.

EDCC publishes studies that use modern theoretical and empirical approaches to examine both the determinants and the effects of various dimensions of economic development and cultural change.

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