Pieter Serneels


Pieter Serneels is Professor of Economics at the University of East Anglia. His research primarily focuses on human capital and development, using insights and methods from behavioural and experimental economics. Pieter’s work has been published in leading journals in economics and the wider social sciences, as well as in prominent book series and books.  His current work centers on service delivery in education ­– scaling up earlier work on teacher bonus pay, and health – extending previous work on the role of health for productivity, as well as new research on climate change and work, and the nature of policy decision making.

Pieter is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP), European Development Research Network (EUDN), the Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford (CSAE), and Research on Improving Systems of education (RISE).

He is Team leader of Behavioural and Experimental Development Economics Research Group (BEDERG), and served as an executive member of the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Social Sciences (CBESS), both at the University of East Anglia. During 2018-23, Pieter was part time seconded to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), where he provided research advice to the Economics Research Team and more recently to the Chief Economist.  He has been an academic visitor at the University of Oxford, Paris School of Economics, The World Bank, Universidad de Los Andes, University of Antwerp, Toulouse School of Economics, and Addis Ababa University. He completed his DPhil in Economics at the University of Oxford, and since then worked at the University of Oxford, University of Copenhagen, and The World Bank.

For more information, see his website.