Elizabeth M. King

Elizabeth M. King is a nonresident senior fellow with the Center for Universal Education in the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings., She is also managing editor of the Journal of Development Effectiveness and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and the University of the Philippines’ School of Economics. She serves on the boards of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), Room to Read, and Education Commission-Asia and is technical adviser to Echidna Giving, UNICEF Innocenti Center, ADB Institute for Think7 Japan, and the Office of Population Studies (Philippines). She is also a member of the judging panel of the Yidan Prize Foundation.

Previously, King was the World Bank’s senior spokesperson and professional head for global policy and strategic issues related to education and human development, as well as acting vice president for human development sectors. She has published journal articles, book chapters, and books on topics related to human capital (with a focus on education), labor supply, the care economy, and gender issues in development. She engaged in operations and advisory work on economic and education issues in several developing countries She received her doctoral degree in economics from Yale University.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Education
    • Poverty and economic development
    • Gender issues in development
    • Girls’ and women's education
    • Education finance
    • Impact of decentralization reforms
  • Past Positions

    • Senior Adviser, Education, The World Bank, Washington, DC, July-August 2014
    • Vice President and Head of the Human Development Network, The World Bank, Washington, DC, October 2013 – June 2014
    • Director, Education, The World Bank, Washington, DC, February 2009 – June 2014
    • Research Manager, World Bank, 2005-09
  • Education

    • Doctor of Philosophy (Economics), Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1982
    • Masters of Philosophy (Economics), Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1979
    • New Management Leadership Program, World Bank & Harvard Business School, 2006
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Economics Department, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 1982-83
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