Gordon C. McCord
Phone: (858) 534-0590
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9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519
EducationPh.D., Columbia University, 2011 (sustainable development)
B.A., Harvard University, 2002 (economics)
BiographyGordon McCord completed his Ph.D. degree in Sustainable Development from Columbia University in May 2011, and works at the intersection of development economics, public health and environment.
Prior to graduate school, Gordon studied poverty traps, foreign aid, and poverty reduction strategies in his position as special assistant to Jeffrey Sachs at the Earth Institute and at the UN Millennium Project.
Gordon’s research focuses on understanding the changing role of geography in economic development. Current projects include using weather to model the effect of malaria on child mortality and fertility behavior; understanding the role of geography in Chinese city growth; and modeling the role of physical geography on the timing of economic takeoff around the world. Gordon’s public health research includes financial modeling of primary health care systems in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as modeling the effects of climate change on the burden of malaria.
- Corresponding Editor for Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development
- Lecture in Coursera’s course on “Our Energy Future”
- “Fertilizing Growth: Agricultural Inputs and their Effects in Economic Development,” with John W. McArthur
- "Improving Empirical Estimation of Demographic Drivers: Fertility, Child Mortality & Malaria Ecology," with Dalton Conley and Jeffrey D. Sachs.
- “Development, Structure, and Transformation: Some Evidence on Comparative Economic Growth,” with Jeffrey D. Sachs. NBER Working Paper 19512, October 2013.
- "Geographic Determinants of Chinese Urbanization," with Peter Christensen.
- "Spatial Modeling of Indian Agriculture, Economic Activity and Population under Climate Change"
- "Africa's Lagging Demographic Transition: Evidence from Exogenous Impacts of Malaria Ecology and Agricultural Technology," with Dalton Conley and Jeffrey D. Sachs. National Bureau of Economics Research Working Paper No. 12892. February 2007.
- Malaria Ecology Index from Kiszewski et al (2004) in raster format for GIS.
- Population at risk of malaria over time (used in Conley, McCord and Sachs ). Country-level data in Stata format.
Millennium Village Simulation
- Millennium Village Simulation: The MV Sim was created as a teaching tool to help students appreciate the complexity of meeting the Millennium Development Goals in a rural African setting, and to experience the interdisciplinary nature of sustainable development.
Publications of Note
- “Deployment of Community Health Workers Across Rural Sub-Saharan Africa: Financial Considerations and Operational Assumptions,” with Anne Liu and Prabhjot Singh. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 91:244-253, 2012.
- "Scaling Up Malaria Control in Africa: An Economic and Epidemiological Assessment," (with Awash Teklehaimanot and Jeffrey D. Sachs), American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 77(Suppl 6), December 2007.
- "Ending Africa's Poverty Trap," (with Jeffrey D. Sachs, John W. McArthur, Guido Schmidt-Traub, Margaret Kruk, Chandrika Bahadur, and Michael Faye), Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 1:2004.
- "Travel Time and Monetarization in Rural Peru," The Harvard College Economist, Vol. 2 Issue 1, Spring 2002.
Chapters in Books
- "Extreme poverty," with Jeffrey D. Sachs, in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume, eds. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. [Download PDF]
- "Regional development, geography of," with Jeffrey D. Sachs, in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Second Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. [Download PDF]
- "Understanding African Poverty: Beyond the Washington Consensus to the Millennium Development Goals Approach," with Jeffrey D. Sachs and Wing Thye Woo, in Africa in the World Economy: The National, Regional, and International Challenges. Fondad: The Hague, 2005. [Download PDF]
- Foreword (co-authored with Jeffrey D. Sachs) to Antezana, Oscar, La Reducción de la Pobreza: Un Proceso Político, Plural: La Paz, 2005.