Areas of Expertise (8)
Dr. Kilby's focus is on the political economy of foreign aid, a topic at the intersection of Economics and Political Science. His work includes statistical analysis that examines the influence of the U.S. and other major donors on the behavior of international financial institutions, such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, the domestic politics of U.S. bilateral aid, and the impact of aid on developing countries.
Stanford University: PhD
Harvard University: AB
Select Accomplishments (3)
Research Excellence Award (professional)
2013-2016 Center for Global Leadership
Faculty Research Award (professional)
2015 McDonough Family
Summer Research Fellowship (professional)
2009 Villanova University
- Review of International Organizations - Editorial Board
- Review of International Organizations - Book Review Editor
Select Media Appearances (4)
Inspiring Minds: Electioneering Through Foreign Aid
Villanova School of Business - Inspiring Minds Podcast
Institutions like the World Bank can have a large effect on developing countries. The funding they provide has the potential to improve -- and even save -- the lives of millions of people. The funding they provide also has the potential to keep governments in power. In this episode of Inspiring Minds, we'll find out how an incumbent government's alignment with the United States impacts its access to money from the World Bank in the run-up to an election. Listen as Will Seabaugh’16 VSB interviews Erasmus Kersting, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics and Christopher Kilby, PhD, Professor, Economics.
Angus Deaton, his Nobel Prize, and foreign aid
Earlier this month, Princeton’s Angus Deaton was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences—an award richly deserved for Deaton’s path-breaking work on consumption, poverty, and welfare. ... Similarly, Villanova’s Erasmus Kersting and Christopher Kilby found a positive relationship between aid and democracy.
A Group Of Economists Wrote An Open Letter In Favor Of Janet Yellen, And The List Of Names Is STACKED
More than 200 econ professors and counting have signed an open letter calling on President Obama to name Fed Board Vice Chair Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as Fed Chair. ... Christopher Kilby, Associate Professor of Economics, Villanova University
Lagarde says debt among IMF top concerns
Under pressure on many fronts, Christine Lagarde used her first news conference as managing director of the International Monetary Fund to lay out her concerns and to suggest ways to shore up financial markets around the world. ... "The memory of the IMF's mismanagement of the Asian finance crisis in the late 1990s still lingers, making the IMF's performance this time round all the more important for the long term reputation of the institution," said Christopher Kilby, an associate professor of economics at the Villanova School of Business.
Select Academic Articles (4)
With a little help from my friends: Global electioneering and World Bank lendingJournal of Development Economics
Kersting, E. and Kilby, C.
Informal influence in the Inter-American Development BankHandbook on the Economics of Foreign Aid
Bland, E., and Kilby, C.
Assessing the impact of World Bank preparation on project outcomesJournal of Development Economics
Aid and democracy reduxEuropean Economic Review