Michael Lewin

Senior Lecturer
3808 Posvar Hall



Michael Lewin specializes in international economics and economic development, and teaches the core micro- and macroeconomics courses at GSPIA. A former economist at the World Bank, he worked on all the regions in the Bank and for several years was the task manager for macroeconomic county modeling. He has also worked and written on macroeconomic problems of mineral exporting developing countries. Recent country economic assignments include management and modeling of oil and mineral revenues (Botswana, Sudan, Qatar) and technical assistance with macroeconomic analysis and modeling in the Middle East North Africa region. Lewin has taught economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Gettysburg College, and Middlebury College. He has a PhD from Johns Hopkins, an MA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a BA from Witwatersrand University (Johannesburg, Africa). 

Selected Publications 

  • Mining in Africa. Are Local Communities Better Off? (Co-author. Chuhan-Pole, P et al., World Bank (May 2017.)

  • “Botswana’s Success: Good Governance, Good Policies and Good Luck,” chapter 4 in Chuhan-Pole, P. et al, eds., African Success Stories, World Bank (2011.)

  • “Harnessing Oil Windfalls for Growth in the Africa Region” (with Julia Devlin), Chapter 9, in Africa at a Turning Point? Delfin S. Go and John Page eds., The World Bank (2008.)

  • “The Impact of Oil Revenues on Economic Performance: analytical issues,” Chapter 3 in The Economics and Politics of Oil in the Caspian Basin, Najman, Pomfret and Raballand, eds. Routledge (2007.)

  • "Managing Oil Booms and Busts in Developing Economies,” (with Julia Devlin), appears as Chapter 6 in Managing Volatility and Crises. A Practitioner’s Guide, Aizenman and Pinto, eds. Cambridge University Press (2005.)

  • “Issues in Petroleum Revenue Management” (with Julia Devlin). Conference paper published in chapter 4 of ESMAP Technical Paper 051 (March 2004)

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
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