Patrick Francois



  • Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth


  • University of British Columbia
Department of Economics


  • Canada


PhD (Economics), University of British Columbia
MCom (Economics), University of Melbourne
BA (Honours), University of Melbourne


Patrick Francois is an economist whose research focuses on development economics.

He has a particular interest in political economy and is also interested in social capital, economic growth and cycles, and the economic rationale for non-profit organizations.


Queen’s University Weatherall Visiting Fellowship, 2010

American Economic Review Excellence in Refereeing Award, 2009

University of British Columbia, Killam Research Prize, 2006

University of British Columbia Distinguished University Scholar, 2004

Relevant Publications

Anderson, S., P. Francois, and A. Kotwal. “Clientelism in Indian Villages.” Am. Econ. Rev. 105, no. 6 (June 2015).

Francois, P. et al. “How is Power Shared In Africa?” Econometrica 83, no. 2 (March 2015).

Francois, P., and C. Bidner. “The Emergence of Democratic Accountability.” Q. J. Econ. 128, no. 3 (2013): 1397–1448.

Francois, P. Social Capital and Economic Development. London: Routledge, 2002.

Francois, P. "Public service motivation as an argument for government provision." J. Public Econ. 78, no. 3 (November 2000): 275–99.


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