Ideas to Action:

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Matt Collin

Former Research Fellow - Europe Office


Property rights, illicit financial flows, sub-Saharan Africa, impact evaluation


Matt Collin joined CGD Europe in January 2014. His research focused on illicit financial flows (along with Vijaya Ramachandran), the adoption and impact of property rights in developing countries and the role of property rights in large scale land consolidation. His work included investigating the impact of ethnic sorting on formalisation behaviour, the effort of neighbour decisions on land title adoption, and the impact of conditional subsidies on gender equity in land ownership. Matt holds a D.Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford and previously worked at the Centre for the Study of African Economies and as an ODI Fellow in the Ministry of Finance, Malawi. He writes a personal blog on aid and development at and is on Twitter as @Aidthoughts.

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