Chris Elbers (1953) is the Desmond Tutu Chair Holder of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. He studied econometrics and mathematical economics at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands and obtained his doctoral degree from VU Amsterdam.
From 1984, he is a member of the Development Research Group in the Economics department at VU Amsterdam and as of 1994 he has been associate professor at the same university. The Development Research Group focuses on applied microeconomic research in developing countries, in particular countries in Sub-Sahara Africa.Elbers is fellow of the European Union Development Network (EUDN), the Tinbergen Institute, and is Director of the Amsterdam Institute for International Development (AIID).
His main research activities are in the fields of poverty measurement and impact evaluation. He has published in such leading economics journals as Econometrica and the Review of Economic Studies as well as numerous field journals
such as Journal of Development Economics, The World Bank Economic Review, World Development, and
the Journal of Economic Inequality.