Eric D. Werker

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Eric Werker is Associate Professor in the Business, Government, and the International Economy Unit at Harvard Business School. His research explores the political economy, macroeconomics, and business environments of emerging and frontier economies, particularly in Africa.

Professor Werker has written on fragile states, foreign aid, foreign investment, non-governmental organizations, conflict, and governance. His work has been featured in the Financial Times, Washington Post, BBC, NPR, and publications across the developing world.

Outside of academia, Werker is the Lead Academic for the International Growth Centre's program in Liberia and economic advisor to the President of Liberia. He has worked with the US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation on foreign aid projects and with the NGO Conservation International on low-carbon development. He serves on the Advisory Group of the Center for Global Development, is a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Center for International Development, and has worked with corporations and nonprofits on their decisions and activities in emerging markets.

Werker earned his Ph.D. and AB in economics from Harvard University. In his spare time, he enjoys family, skiing, climbing, and mountain biking. He lives in Somerville with his wife Alana and two children, Jonathan and Dalia.

  1. Marvin Bower Fellowship: Awarded the 2010 Marvin Bower Fellowship to support research by outstanding scholars.

  2. Open Society Institute Grant for Economic Advising in Liberia: Received an Open Society Institute Grant for Economic Advising in Liberia for 2010-2011.

  3. Pre-doctoral Fellowship in the Economics of National Security: Awarded a Pre-doctoral Fellowship in the Economics of National Security from the National Bureau of Economic Research for 2004-2005.

  4. Harvard Department of Economics Fellowship: Awarded a Harvard Department of Economics Fellowship for 2000-2002.

  5. Phi Beta Kappa: Member of Phi Beta Kappa, 2000.